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MINUTES
Moraine Township Board of Trustees
Thursday, February 21, 2013 7:00 PM
Moraine Township Office

MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING
February 21, 2013

The meeting was called to order at 7:25 PM, and upon roll call the following members were present: Trustees Dwayne Douglas, Bryna Gamson, and Margoth Moreno. Also Present: Gail Brown, Amy Zisook, Paula Peddle, Shannon Mosier, Anne Bassi and Jody Weinberg with Focus on the Arts. Supervisor Mari Barnes and Jackie Schechter were absent. Clerk Ellen Gussin was also absent, and the minutes were taken by Shannon Mosier in her absence.

Approval of Minutes
The Regular Meeting Minutes of February 7, 2013 stand approved as distributed.

Approval of Bills
Trustee Douglas moved, seconded by Trustee Moreno , approval of the bills: $29,793.38 for Town Fund and $7,088.77 for General Assistance for the period of February 1-15, 2013. Upon roll call, motion carried.

Public Comment
None

Agency Presentation
Focus on the Arts
Jody Weinberg, Coordinator

Thank you to Moraine Township for their support of Focus on the Arts 2013. Ms. Weinberg handed out pens and button pins with the Focus logo which were designed by students and are handed out at school to help publicize Focus to the student body and create excitement about Focus. The fine arts festival will be held April 5th, 9th, 10th 11th and 12th. Movie Night will present student produced movies. Bradley Ross, Highland Park High School alum and award winning film editor, has been mentoring the students in their film projects with two-hour Skype sessions once a week from New York including guests artists, offering one-on-ones concerning each project. Music Night (Opening Night) will include music professionals from the Chicago area who have been working with and playing with the jazz band and choir. Together they will present an evening of blues, gospel and jazz. For Art Night the students are building a structure using canned foods, later to be donated to the Township Food Pantry. The use of computers, architectural forms and creative art concepts are used in the process of creating the structure. There will be 250 workshops during the day. This year there will also be a focus on social issues using art to communicate these issues to the student body. Three graffiti artists will be coming. The students will be writing and telling their own stories put to movement with dance and they are also working with dance professionals. These events are free and open to the community, exposing the community and students to so many wonderful things about the arts, giving students a lifelong appreciation for art and maybe even a career in the arts. The High School expects approximately 1000 to 1500 people of all ages to attend Art Night. Trustee Moreno emphasized that the grant was given in order to provide opportunities for students and the community who might not otherwise be exposed to fine arts programs of this nature.

Action Items
None

Reports
Assessor's Report
None

Supervisor's Report
None

Cemeteries
Records Manager Shannon Mosier reported that as we begin to look toward spring the tree trimming and tree care will continue at both Daggitt and Mooney Cemeteries. The engineering group has completed the boring for samples for the driveway at Mooney.

Latino Advisory Committee
inactive

Pantry Plants Garden Project
out of season: no report

Grants
Trustee Gamson reported the Citizen Grant Advisory Committee will have their first meeting next week February 27th at 7 pm. There are 28 applications representing 32 different programs to review.

Lake County Coordinated Transportation Services Committee (LCCTSC)
Trustee Gamson attended a LCCTSC meeting yesterday. The draft of its brochure, prepared by Trustee Gamson, has been presented to the committee for review and revisions.

Human Relations Commission of Highland Park
Trustee Douglas explained that the Commission sponsors the Highland Park Martin Luther King, Jr. events and the upcoming Pillar Awards.

Community Family Center
No report

Unfinished Business
None

New Business
Trustee Gamson reported that Talk of the Township went to the printer and will be mailed out before March 1st.

Adjournment
With no further business to conduct, Trustee Douglas moved, seconded by Trustee Moreno, the meeting be adjourned at 8:16 PM. Motion carried.

Respectfully submitted,

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

 

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