Moraine Township

Moraine Township Board of Trustees
Thursday, September 13, 2012 5:30 PM
Moraine Township Office

September 13, 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, Bryna Gamson, and Jackie Schechter. Also Present: Clerk Ellen Gussin, Assessor Patty Powers, Janet Freed, Paula Peddle, Shannon Mosier, Jan Leahy, Fred Seff, Amy Skalinder, and Pam Feinberg. Trustee Margoth Moreno was absent.

Approval of Minutes
The Regular Meeting Minutes of August 23, 2012 stand approved as written and distributed.

Approval of Bills
Trustee Schechter moved, seconded by Trustee Gamson, approval of the bills: $57,878.56 for Town Fund and $8,007.41 for General Assistance for the period of August 16-31, 2012 and $28,965.96 for Town Fund and $5,225.26 for General Assistance for the period of September 1-15, 2012. Upon roll call, motion carried.

Public Comment

Agency Presentation
Tri-Con Child Care Center
Pam Feinberg, Executive Director, reported that the dollars given by Moraine Township go to funding scholarships for students that do not qualify for state funding – average parent co-pay per month is a little over $10/day; the Township covers about 20 children. United Way funding is down although they are lucky to still have but may lose in the future. The DHS contract with the State was slashed by 20%. Tri-Con is completely full with a waiting list; they want to expand services but still need a new home. Human interest story about a new student who came from California with her single dad and spoke no English. After intervention by the school district and special assistance to the father who was unemployed, the student is now integrating with her new environment and the father was able to go from a night job to a day job.

Links—North Shore Youth Health Service
Amy Skalinder, Executive Director, explained that they saw clients from 47 different communities this past year. Reproductive Health Clinic saw 9 patients but they expect that number might go up as the Health Center of Lake County operating in Highland Park is discontinuing its hours for teens. Many clients are not taking birth control pills correctly but there has been a slight improvement from 65% to 73% due to continuing counseling and education; same with condom usage, and there has been a surge in sexually transmitted infections recently. Links is being honored by the YWCA, Evanston/North Shore this evening for their work with young women. The Pride Youth program saw three Moraine Township residents – closest site for this is located in Northfield. There are new Links Board members and some very exciting initiatives, including an important fundraising collaboration for which they were selected by the faculty of Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.

Career Resource Center
Jan Leahy, Executive Director & Fred Seff, President
Fred Seff reinforced the sentiment of appreciation for the continuing support of the Township. He offered two vignettes: a Roselle marine reservist fulfilling his obligation by volunteering as a computer expert and because of his volunteer affiliation with Career Resources, he was able to find a good job after a very trying employment experience elsewhere; also, a construction engineer candidate, who through extensive networking was able to find very rewarding work. Jan Leahy updated the Board on the fact that unemployment has not changed much – very little new job creation. Average time off work is nine months, and often health insurance is cut off. Candidates have to work hard and master articulation skills. LinkedIn is a great resource. 84 individuals were assisted from Moraine Township, from over 1,000 served in total. Cost is about $500 on average per person assisted. 56% of candidates are over 50 years of age. Career Resources has 120 volunteers. They have raised the fee to $145 for each person served.

Action Items
  • Mooney Cemetery – Supervisor Barnes reported that plantings will start next week, and there will be a dedicated space for new signage.
  • Van Transportation Policy – Trustee Gamson said that the Board was waiting for Supervisor Barnes' return to approve the Policy, but Trustee Douglas needs to draft the Hold Harmless clause and this will be on Action Item for the next meeting.
  • Township Salaries, 2013-2017 term of office – Supervisor Barnes explained that no action would be taken at this meeting, but discussion ensued. Assessor Powers presented a survey of Assessor salaries across the County. The Trustees asked that she provide a comparison of number of employees per office and the salaries of the Deputy Assessors in each of the other Townships; Assessor Powers agreed to research.

Assessor's Report
1,067 total appeals have been entered into the computer thus far but they are still coming in.

Supervisor's Report
A letter has been mailed to the schools today about the Holiday Gift Drive, which will take place again at the Township Offices.

See above under Action Items; no further on the pavement issue, but Supervisor Barnes will confer with the landscape architect and determine if there are other alternatives.

Latino Advisory Committee
Nothing new to report.

Pantry Plants Garden Project
Harvest is almost complete and donations have been coming in from a garden in Glencoe.

"Enhancing Your Not-for-Profit's Development" is the current name of the fundraising workshop being offered October 5, at 9:30 AM at the Police Station.

Lake County Coordinated Transportation Services Committee (LCCTSC)
On October 10 there will be a very important meeting hosted by Moraine Township at the Highland Park Police Department at 9:30 AM for all transit providers in the townships and municipalities in the southeast quadrant to start discussing collaboration on transportation issues.

Human Relations Commission of Highland Park
Next meeting is October 4.

Community Family Center
Annual Meeting is Thursday, September 20 at First National Bank of Highland Park.

Unfinished Business

New Business
Moraine Township Board expresses its heartfelt condolences to all involved in the tragic accident that took place on Labor Day outside the Township offices.

With no further business to conduct, Trustee Gamson moved, seconded by Trustee Douglas, the meeting be adjourned at 6:39 PM. Motion carried.

Respectfully submitted,

Ellen S. Gussin, Moraine Township Clerk


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