Moraine Township

Moraine Township Board of Trustees
Thursday, January 10, 2013 5:30 PM
Moraine Township Office

January 10, 2013

The meeting was called to order at 5:35 PM, and upon roll call the following members were present: Supervisor Mari Barnes; Trustees Dwayne Douglas, Bryna Gamson, Margoth Moreno, and Jackie Schechter Also Present: Clerk Ellen Gussin, Paula Peddle, Shannon Mosier, Linda Contreras, Elizabeth Mesjak, Maureen Doyle, Jennifer Slater, Paul Dean and Janet Freed.

Approval of Minutes
The Regular Meeting Minutes of November 15, 2012 were approved by the Supervisor and Trustees Douglas, Gamson, and Schechter when they came into the office in December to sign bills because of the cancellation of the December 13, 2012 meeting; they stand approved as distributed.

Approval of Bills
The bills for the periods of November 16 through November 30, 2012 and December 1 through December 15, 2012 were approved by Supervisor Barnes and Trustees Douglas, Gamson and Schechter when they came into the office to review and sign due to the cancellation of the December 13 meeting. The amounts of the bills for the two periods respectively are for Town Fund, $43,810.06 and General Assistance, $4,817.27 and again for Town Fund of $28,660.16 and General Assistance $5,940.58.

For the period of December 16 through December 21, Trustee Gamson, seconded by Trustee Schechter moved for approval of the bills in the amounts of $43,378.57 for the Town Fund and $13,024.39 for General Assistance. Upon roll call, motion carried.

Public Comment

Agency Presentations
Center for Enriched Living
Elizabeth Mesjak, Support Services Manager
Ms. Mesjak thanked the Board for its support. She explained a new transitional program for which they work closely with the North Shore School District 112 serving students leaving the high school system. Center for Enriched Living provides this transitional program for those no longer in the school system or soon to be leaving. It is located in the transition site in Highland Park in the 1900 block of Green Bay Road. There is a three-fold focus to the program, including: help with independent living (topics like monetary transactions); employment readiness; and socialization with peers. Moraine Township funding serves about 10% of the 500 individuals that Center for Enriched Living serves, and the dollars this year have primarily been used for the transitional program. Transportation is always an issue for their members; Pace buses are used where possible.

Lambs Farm
Jennifer Slater, Manager Corporate and Foundation Relations
Ms. Slater reminded the Board that Lambs Farm works with adults with developmental disabilities and reported that about 5% of the population comes from Moraine Township. Most of the population works for Lambs Industries with a few jobs in the greater community and several others at the Country Store or farm at Lambs. The Country Store is undergoing an automation transformation which will reduce some of the staff involvement. The Senior Program allows individuals who are of retirement age to continue to participate in the activities they enjoy. Of the 10 Moraine Township participants, two live with their families in the Township and get to and from Lambs on public transportation with the support of the staff, and the others live on campus in the residential homes including a few who reside in a higher-level-of-support residence. They have about 173 residents and an additional 70 that live with their guardians at home. There is usually a waiting list. The participants can stay at Lambs Farm as long as they can be provided for safely. Recreational activities do not receive governmental funding and include daily working skills as well as excursions within surrounding communities. Healthy Lambs is a program which provides exercise opportunities such as Special Olympics. The Quest program offers specialized classes.

Family Service
Paul Dean, Executive Director
Mr. Dean thanked the Township for its long history of incredibly generous service to Family Service as well as the other agencies supported by Moraine Township. The grant to the Nuestro Center is especially appreciated, because it has allowed students from throughout the Township to participate; the number of people served increased from 811 in 2010 to 1,100 in 2012. The target group served is 100% at or below the poverty level; parents are working multiple jobs and just do not have the resources to help their children achieve success in school. The latter is the key mission of Nuestro. They provide health and wellness services, including a healthy meal on a daily basis and insuring that students receive adequate medical care. The major challenge is the long wait list. In spite of the great volunteers, staff is still necessary to coordinate. In the Counseling program the number served has gone from 540 to 712, and there are two bi-lingual counselors now which has reduced the wait for counseling. All counselors are Master-degree clinicians with over 20 years of experience; there is no other place in Lake County where as high a quality of counseling services can be provided at such a low cost. Wait list for Counseling averages 6 to 10 for Moraine Township applicants, but they are able to be seen within two weeks. A new Latino Seniors group is now serving about 10 to 20 seniors.

Action Items

Assessor's Report

Supervisor's Report
Nothing new to report.

The voting by the County is tonight for the $25,000 grant applied for to support the cemetery improvements. Budget season will be upon us shortly and we will know if the grant can be used toward further improvements.

Latino Advisory Committee
Nothing new to report.

Pantry Plants Garden Project
Supervisor Barnes received an email from an individual wanting to start a garden in the Highlands area off of Krenn Avenue.

Trustee Gamson said that grants are beginning to come in and the February 1 deadline is approaching. Supervisor Barnes is appointing Gail Feiger Brown to serve on the Grant Committee this year.

Lake County Coordinated Transportation Services Committee (LCCTSC)
The Township hosted a very successful second Transit Forum meeting on December 5, 2012.

Human Relations Commission of Highland Park
The committee is meeting tonight.

Community Family Center
March is the next meeting.

Unfinished Business
Clerk Gussin discussed with the Board the February and March meeting dates. Board concurred that the dates should remain as published for the first and third weeks of the month. The Annual Meeting will now take place on April 16 due to the Consolidated Election on April 9.

New Business
Nora Barquin of Family Network has asked the Township to partner with them on providing transportation for a group of children ages 10-13 from the Highwood train station to the Lake County Health Clinic once per week from 4:00 to 6:00 PM starting in February and continuing for 36 weeks. The Board believes there are too many unanswered questions and liability concerns to approve this at this time. Family Network should be encouraged to consider applying to the Township for a grant to cover this program if they so choose.

With no further business to conduct, Trustee Moreno moved, seconded by Trustee Douglas, the meeting be adjourned at 7:17 PM. Motion carried.

Respectfully submitted,

Ellen S. Gussin, Moraine Township Clerk


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