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MINUTES
Moraine Township Board of Trustees
Thursday, May 10, 2012 5:30 PM
Moraine Township Office

MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING
May 10, 2012

The meeting was called to order at 5:30 PM, and upon roll call the following members were present: Supervisor Mari Barnes; Trustees Dwayne Douglas and Bryna Gamson. Trustees Margoth Moreno and Jackie Schechter were absent. Also Present: Clerk Ellen Gussin, Janet Freed, Paula Peddle, Grizell Toledo, and Jennifer Slater. Assessor Patty Powers was absent.

Approval of Minutes
The Regular Meeting Minutes of April 26, 2012 stand approved as distributed.

Approval of Bills
Trustee Douglas moved, seconded by Trustee Gamson, approval of the bills: $58,545.09 for Town Fund for the period of April 16-30, 2012 and $12,504.27 for General Assistance for the same period. Upon roll call, motion carried.

Public Comment
None

Agency Presentation
Lambs Farm
Jennifer Slater, Manager of Corporate and Foundation Relations
Ms. Slater explained that Lambs Farm serves individuals with developmental disabilities and 5% are Moraine Township residents. They provide a full range of services including vocational, such as job training and placement. Lambs Industries employs many of the job applicants, and assists in job coaching and training as well as supported positions. The average age of a Lambs Farm participant is 49, increasing as the population ages. Lambs Farm supervises 17 residences on campus and in surrounding communities. They provide transportation to those living at home with their parents. Recreational opportunities as well as exercise classes and skill achievement classes are offered seven days per week.

Action Items
Approval of Meeting Dates, 2013 Calendar Year – Trustee Gamson moved, seconded by Trustee Douglas, approval of the proposed meeting dates as distributed.

Reports
Assessor's Report
None

Supervisor's Report
Supervisor Barnes reported on a meeting this morning of the Senior Task Force which meets quarterly and consists of social service providers and representatives from the City of Highland Park. Township's concern is that there is no social worker in place for the City, specifically at the Police Station; this was the discussion this morning, and now that a new City Manager is in place, Supervisor Barnes believes there will be progress on this issue.

Cemeteries
More information will be available next meeting.

Latino Advisory Committee
Trustee Douglas reported that Trustee Moreno attended the last meeting but does not have any information as to what occurred.

Pantry Plants Garden Project
Plant Day is May 19 and 20. The National Council of Jewish Women has a group that will be tilling the soil on May 12, and the Anixter Center will have a volunteer group throughout the summer on Monday mornings.

Grants
The letter that has been used in the past to confirm the grants awarded to the various agencies will be used again, which states that the organization is required to appear before the Township Board once per fiscal year during the months of June through February.

Lake County Coordinated Transportation Services Committee (LCCTSC)
The committee's work continues as reported at previous meetings.

Human Relations Commission of Highland Park
Trustee Douglas stated that the Commission's focus has been two-fold as reported at previous meetings -- Character Counts and the Mayor of Highland Park's Task Force on Community Needs Assessment.

Community Family Center
Clerk Gussin reported that CFC is now meeting quarterly until resolution is reached on several new options for the Karger Center and the adjacent geographic space.

Unfinished Business
None

New Business
None

Adjournment
With no further business to conduct, Trustee Doulas moved, seconded by Trustee Gamson, the meeting be adjourned at 6:16 PM. Motion carried.

Respectfully submitted,

_______________________
Ellen S. Gussin, Moraine Township Clerk

 

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