Moraine Township

Moraine Township Board of Trustees
Thursday, October 25, 2012 7:00 PM
Moraine Township Office

October 25, 2012

The meeting was called to order at 7:02 PM, and upon roll call the following members were present: Supervisor Mari Barnes; Trustees Dwayne Douglas, Bryna Gamson and Jackie Schechter. Trustee Margoth Moreno was absent. Also Present: Clerk Ellen Gussin, Paula Peddle, Shannon Mosier, Linda Contreras, Rob Anthony, Robbie Boudreau, Jordan Friedman and Janet Freed.

Approval of Minutes
The Regular Meeting Minutes of October 11, 2012 stand approved as distributed.

Approval of Bills
No bills to approve at this meeting.

Public Comment

Agency Presentation
Community Partners for Affordable Housing (CPAH)
Rob Anthony, Executive Director
Providing affordable housing for citizens of Highland Park and now beyond, CPAH has enabled many who cannot afford the housing costs of the community in which they work to meet the requirements of the land trust agreement. The agency has expanded this year to Lake Forest and is now in talks with Evanston about establishing a similar program there. They have completed transactions for four new homes in Highland Park and the first two homes in Lake Forest, totaling 42 homes since their inception almost ten years ago. Examples of some of the families they have helped include a woman with three sons whose husband passed away and could no longer afford to remain in the community; a family with excessive medical expenses; a situation where two households needed to be consolidated because of an aging parent; and yet another young family in a very low paying job that can now live in the community in which he works. CPAH is excited about partnering with other communities, and additional funding for land trusts has come in from these communities. They have conducted Service/Volunteer days, and recently many volunteers were organized by a realtor to help rehab a home. Supervisor Barnes asked what one would need to do if they wanted to sell their home to the agency – Mr. Anthony explained that they usually focus on foreclosures and homes that the bank owes, but there are some tax advantages for people who might want to sell to the land trust where the selling price is below the market value.

Southeast Lake County Faith in Action (SELCFIA)
Robbie Boudreau, Executive Director
The agency is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year. Ms. Boudreau thanked the Township for all its help and passed out a status report. The volunteer, care-giving agency helps seniors and for the first time this year has expanded to respite care. They have acquired additional grant dollars and built up the volunteer base to provide respite care, which involves staying with the loved one who is seriously ill so that the support person at home can get out of the house for a short period, sometimes to attend a support group or just to take care of his or her own needs. The greatest need is in helping families whose loved one is suffering dementia – separation anxiety is prevalent and it is important for the volunteers to develop a relationship with the patient. They have also started friendship groups at sites such as senior centers where the patient can be dropped off for a period of time. Training involves how to maintain healthy boundaries between the volunteer and the person requiring care. Much caregiver coaching is required to avoid burn-out and frequent volunteer turnover. Another area concerns helping volunteers cope with an Alzheimer's patient's behavior and be able to redirect these patients into improved behavior patterns. The first of three community-wide programs offered by SELCFIA was presented last night at the Library entitled Parenting in the Digital Age.

Family Network (FN)
Jordan Friedman, Executive Director
Mr. Friedman thanked the Township for inviting FN to visit and give an update. He also thanked the Township for the excellent workshop on grants sponsored several weeks ago, in which he learned more about why it is so difficult to obtain grant money when such a high percentage of available funds are reserved for non-suburban communities. During the summer FN experienced a difficult shortfall due to promised funds not received from the State; fortunately, FN's donors stepped up, and good publicity in the Chicago Tribune helped fill the gaps. They were pleased not to have to cut core services. Programmatically, Family Network has served over 500 families and 1600 individuals this past year. Right from the Start is still the largest growth program. They continue to try to expand services where they can without overtaxing staff. Chicago Tribune article highlighted their work in this area including a writing workshop offered in conjunction with Community Partners at the Highland Park Library. There has been a large increase this year in the after school program – from 67 to over 90 with a wait list of at least 10. A new teacher has been hired, and they have been able to increase scholarship services.

Action Items

Assessor's Report

Supervisor's Report
Supevisor Barnes reported that District 112 and 113 are already working on getting the names of families with students who will be candidates for the Holiday Gift Drive. Also, our Vans need new tires, which will be paid by Pace, a most advantageous perk; the work will be completed before winter.

Mooney Cemetery is looking very good and all are encouraged to visit.

Latino Advisory Committee
Nothing to report.

Pantry Plants Garden Project
The last of the crops have been harvested and garden is closed until next year.

No report

Lake County Coordinated Transportation Services Committee (LCCTSC)
A second meeting of the southeast Lake County Transit Forum will be held on December 5, 2012 at the Highland Park Police Department.

Human Relations Commission of Highland Park
Next meeting is January 10.

Community Family Center
No report

Unfinished Business

New Business
Tax Levy Ordinance will be on the calendar for approval at the next meeting. Supervisor Barnes wanted to bring it up now for purposes of discussion. Last year we levied without requesting a cushion and we still received a little more than the requested amount. Philosophically for the coming levy the Board agrees not to levy to the maximum, as we can still comfortably meet goals. The proposed dollar amounts for the levy are: $484,794 for General Town Fund, $824,752 for Assessor, and $25,000 for Total Cemetery -- a grand total of $1,334.546 for Total General Town Fund; and $123,571 for Administration of the General Assistance Fund and $0 for Total Home Relief -- a grand total of $123,571 for General Assistance Fund. The Total Tax Levy proposal is therefore $1,458,117. The Board discussed bringing the figures for General Town Fund and Assessor more into balance and Supervisor Barnes is going to look into this.

With no further business to conduct, Trustee Schechter moved, seconded by Trustee Gamson, the meeting be adjourned at 8:01 PM. Motion carried.

Respectfully submitted,

Ellen S. Gussin, Moraine Township Clerk


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