Moraine Township

Moraine Township Board of Trustees
Thursday, April 25, 2013 7:00 PM
Moraine Township Office

April 25, 2013

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 Margoth Moreno. Trustee Jackie Schechter arrived several minutes late. Also Present: Clerk Ellen Gussin, Paula Peddle, Jeff Stern, Judy Datz, Gail Feiger Brown, Amy Zisook, Anne Bassi, Beth Olderman, and Cindy Wolfson.

Acceptance of Minutes
The Regular Meeting Minutes of March 21, 2013 stand approved as written and distributed.

Approval of Bills
The bills will not be ready until next week and will be approved at the May 9 meeting.

Public Comment
Jeff Stern commented that one of the Moraine Township transit vans has repeatedly been seen in Skokie with the driver going in to the same restaurant; he wanted to know why. Supervisor Barnes commented that the vans are extremely busy and driving throughout the region to doctor's appointments and hospitals encompassing the Skokie and Evanston area and that they return every day by 4 or 4:30 PM to turn in the receipts for the day. The drivers are entitled to take breaks when they can fit one into their schedules.

Report of Citizen Grant Advisory Committee
Judy Datz, Chair, stated the members of the Committee – Joel Carp, Matthew Ferrari, Mark Gilhooley, Gail Feiger Brown, and Beth Olderman (and Board co-liaisons Trustees Gamson and Schechter). All proposals were submitted electronically which enhanced the green factor and facilitated forwarding to the Committee. The Committee recommended that training on how to complete the grant form may be in order for next year. A total of 28 grant requests for 32 programs were received, and the Committee is recommending funding of 29 programs totaling $307,500 of funding. A 15-page report* details the Committee's findings and recommendations. There are a few new agencies being recommended for funding. [*Executive Summary here.]

Supervisor Barnes questioned how the agencies knew about Moraine Township funding; the Committee did not have specifics but know that a Google search would reveal the availability of funding from Moraine Township.

Supervisor Barnes also questioned the new program the Township is being asked to fund for Family Service – the Latino Youth Initiative. The Committee believes they are funding a worthy project, reporting that previous funding for the program, which has shown promise according to Family Service, is no longer available and that Family Service seems to have a good record of providing services for the Latino community; additionally because this program is targeted to an older youth population, the Committee believes it will further enhance services. Supervisor Barnes questioned how much we really know about the initiative and Trustee Moreno commented that feedback from the community has been somewhat negative concerning the initiative.

Trustee Gamson moved, seconded by Trustee Schechter, that the $307,500 be approved, and Supervisor Barnes suggested the Board consider cutting the new Family Service program referenced above to $7,500. Discussion ensued and the seconder to the motion was uncomfortable with Supervisor Barnes' amendment which was withdrawn. Supervisor Barnes then suggested the Board approve the Committee's recommendation with the exception of the Latino Youth Initiative. Upon roll call the Board voted unanimously to approve the funding in the amount of $292,500. Trustee Douglas moved to fund the Latino Youth Initiative program of Family Service at $7,500, but the motion failed to garner a second. Trustee Schechter moved that someone look into the program in greater detail including a site visit and report back to the Board on May 9 with a recommended funding level; Trustee Douglas seconded, and the motion was approved. Trustee Schechter volunteered to look into the Latino Youth Initiative and Gail Feiger Brown volunteered to go with her.

Action Item
Grants Approval – As recorded above, the grants were approved for a total of $292,500.

Assessor's Report

Supervisor's Report
Supervisor Barnes commented on how rewarding the past eight years have been and that it has been her pleasure to work with this Board and she welcomes the new Board that is in attendance tonight. She thanked the entire Board for its service. [Trustee Moreno stated how pleased she has been for the eight-year opportunity to serve and commented she will remain active in this community she has lived in since she was a young girl.]

With all the recent rain the engineer has been out to Mooney Cemetery many times to make sure there are no surprises with the drainage work that is being addressed. The proposal will be submitted in the coming weeks and will then go out for bids.

Latino Advisory Committee
no report/inactive

Pantry Plants Garden Project
The garden at Barberry which is provided to the Township by the Park District and used for the Pantry Plants Garden Project will start in May, and volunteers are needed. All PR for the garden will go through the Township.

Reported above.

Lake County Coordinated Transportation Services Committee (LCCTSC)
Trustee Gamson will continue to serve on the Board of this Committee and is leading the effort to improve transportation coordination in the southeast quadrant of Lake County.

Human Relations Commission of Highland Park
May 2 is the next meeting.

Community Family Center
Clerk Gussin reported on the recent meeting; no real news to report.


Unfinished Business

New Business

With no further business to conduct, Trustee Gamson moved, seconded by Trustee Moreno, the meeting be adjourned at 8:02 PM. Motion carried.

Respectfully submitted,

Ellen S. Gussin, Moraine Township Clerk


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