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MINUTES
Moraine Township Board of Trustees
Thursday, February 7, 2013 5:30 PM
Moraine Township Office

MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING
February 7, 2013

The meeting was called to order at 5:40 PM, and upon roll call the following members were present: Supervisor Mari Barnes; Trustees Dwayne Douglas, Bryna Gamson and Margoth Moreno. Also Present: Assessor Patty Powers, Paula Peddle, Shannon Mosier, Linda Contreras, Susan Bell of College Bound Opportunities and Gary Smith of Josslyn Center. Trustee Jackie Schechter was absent as was Clerk Ellen Gussin. The minutes were taken by Shannon Mosier.

Approval of Minutes
The Regular Meeting Minutes of January 24, 2013 stand approved as distributed.

Approval of Bills
Trustee Gamson moved, seconded by Trustee Douglas, approval of the bills: $42,227.61 for Town Fund and $4,817.69 for General Assistance for the period of January 16 – 31, 2013. Upon roll call, motion carried.

Public Comment
None

Agency Presentation
College Bound Opportunities
Susan Bell, Executive Director
Director Bell thanked Moraine Township for its assistance and support. College Bound Opportunities (CBO) mentors students, one on one, from the junior year in high school thru graduation from college. Financial aid is provided up to $4,000 per student per year as needed for college. Financial support is given to the college or to a landlord, etc. rather than directly to the student. Also CBO can help with books and travel, if the college is far away. February 1st 2013 marked the acceptance of new CBO students, which number 28 this year. ACT Prep started last night. The higher the ACT scores the better the college and the higher the finical aid available to the student. Writing classes are given in the summer to help students prepare their college essays and applications. A workshop will be provided to teach students on how to dress for an interview and how to dress for work. CBO was able to place four students into corporate internship programs this past year. When selecting students CBO looks beyond grade point averages for the spark and motivation necessary for students to further their education. Many CBO students are first generation college-bound individuals.

The Josselyn Center
Gary Smith, President
Mr. Smith thanked the supervisor and trustees of Moraine Township for their interest in the Josselyn Center. They have clients of all ages from 60 different communities, providing psychiatric services as well as family and individual therapy on a sliding scale fee basis. They are also involved with advocacy programs and copartner with other community services. The agency is under one roof, providing psychiatric doctors, therapists and case workers. An individual and/or his or her family can receive services at the same place, and as they progress can remain in a familiar environment. They accept referrals to their services (chiefly psychiatric) on a partial basis, and don't require that clients be totally theirs The center is fully accredited. This past year they served 193 unduplicated clients (18 from Moraine Township). 94% of the clients from Moraine Township took advantage of the sliding scale fees, and 43% of these clients are on Medicaid. Some of the programs offered include a Drop In Center in Deerfield for counseling; therapeutic summer day camp for kids 8-12 years old who would not fit into a regular day camp program; high school programs with a counselor provided on-site for high risk kids; and the Living Room program which gives kids a chance to talk informally to peers and a counselor. There were 200 participants in the Living Room program this past year with 140 being from Moraine Township. The Josselyn Center just opened an office in Zion where there is an extreme shortage in mental health services. Mr. Smith measures the success of the Josselyn Center based on client feedback and shared a few client statements. The center provides hope for people and a safe place to share.

Action Items
Budget
Supervisor Barnes presented the proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2013-14 and stated that the budget is flat compared to last year except for Cemeteries, where the budget shows $145,000 this year for the project costs. Supervisor Barnes highlighted the decline in actual income for Community Chest donations this year.

Patty Powers presented the Assessor's Budget spread sheet to include the budgeted amounts per line item over the last three years. Trustee Gamson commenedt that salaries should not be raised in light of the financial times and the general state of the world especially since this is a government agency. Supervisor Barnes suggested that the salary matters can be put into the budget and then talked about along the way. Since there is still a newsletter going out in this fiscal year which is not yet reflected in the actual expenditures, the Assessor's line item for publishing should remain the same as last year, not reduced per today's submission.

The grants amounts were discussed. Twenty agencies applied last year and twenty-eight agencies (32 proposals) applied this year requesting a total amount of $411,250. In the line item for Appropriated Grants (4801) the budget amount will be changed to $325,000 and Other Grants (4802) will be change to $0 since the funds set aside last year for other grants was not used. ($75,000 continues to be carried forward as committed to Community Family Center when they actually get into a building.) If needed, the board can use reserves for special grant needs.

Reports
Assessor's Report
Last year there were 2730 appeals. This year the appeals went down to 1821 appeals which made a large difference in the hearing process and the preparation for those hearings. Assessor Powers felt that this drop in appeals was due to the work the Assessor's staff did last year in looking at specified neighborhoods and reviewing what should be brought down, thus eliminating some of the appeals. Assessor Powers also felt that the County Board of Review was efficient in the review process. Her staff will continue to look at various neighborhoods and review property assessments again this year.

Supervisor's Report
Supervisor Barnes discussed the donations to the Food Pantry of leftovers from parties and events that include such items as potato chips and other unhealthy foods. Since the Township partners with groups such as Nurture in attempting to educate the public on healthier food choices, she believes the Township should reject these food items, and sought the Board's agreement, which was given.

Cemeteries
Supervisor Barnes met again with Nancy Hannick of NLH Landscape Architects. Ms. Hannick has received proposals from engineering companies and has chosen a company for the driveway project which includes boring samples. It may be that the total project will be completed within the next fiscal year, rather the two-year span potential discussed at the last board meeting. The increased cost is reflected in the budget, and if the project does extend into a second fiscal year, the funds allocated can be extended for a two-year time span.

Grants
Trustee Gamson reported that the grant applications are in and that the grant committee will be meeting soon. As reported in the budget discussion above, twenty-eight agencies (32 proposals) applied this year requesting a total amount of $411,250. Trustee Gamson expressed her frustration with the grant writers from several agencies; many did not meet the specific grant instructions in spite of her taking considerable time in the past few years to work with the agencies individually in this matter.

Lake County Coordinated Transportation Services Committee (LCCTSC)
A meeting is scheduled for next week.

Human Relations Commission of Highland Park
No report

Community Family Center
No report

Unfinished Business
None

New Business
Supervisor Barnes passed out the flyer regarding the Affordable Housing Breakfast where Anne Bassi will receive an award.

Talk of the Township is now being written and anyone who has an item of interest for the newsletter should submit this to Trustee Gamson.

Executive Session
The Executive Session was called to order at 7:13 PM – See the Executive Session minutes when released.
Executive Session Adjournment at 7:25 PM

Adjournment
With no further regular business to conduct, Trustee Douglas moved, seconded by Trustee Moreno, that the regular meeting be adjourned. Motion carried.

Respectfully submitted,

_______________________
Ellen S. Gussin, Moraine Township Clerk with sincere appreciation to Shannon Mosier for taking minutes in her absence

 

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