Moraine Township Board of Trustees
Thursday, January 24, 2013 7:00 PM
Moraine Township Office
MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING
January 24, 2013
The meeting was called to order at 7:12 PM, and upon roll call the following members were present: Supervisor Mari Barnes; Trustees Dwayne Douglas, Bryna Gamson and Jackie Schechter. Trustee Margoth Moreno was absent as was Clerk Gussin. Also Present: Janet Freed, Paula Peddle, Shannon Mosier, Linda Contreras, Micky Baer, Diana Schnell, Anne Bassi, Gail Brown, Olga Aguilar. The minutes were taken by Shannon Mosier.
Approval of Minutes
The Regular Meeting Minutes of January 10, 2013 stand approved as written and distributed.
Approval of Bills
Trustee Gamson moved, seconded by Trustee Douglas, approval of the bills: $40,162.92 for Town Fund and $7,802.84 for General Assistance for the period of January 1 – 15, 2013. Upon roll call, motion carried.
JCYS Champ Camp
Micky Baer, Camp Director
Ms. Baer brought pictures of the fabulous kids served this year in part by the grant from Moraine Township. The location of the camp is at the Lillian L. Lutz Recreation Center on Half Day Road, and it serves Latino summer-school students attending Oak Terrace School. Last summer there were 74 campers. The number of campers depends upon the funding rather than the space. Because of scholarship support, the subsidized cost to families is $65 per camper for the summer. Programs included tennis at a beginning level and Red Cross swimming lessons. Champ Camp also partnered with Nurture to teach the kids how to prepare healthier foods. Roundup brings the group together with songs and cheers, builds a sense of community, and simulates regular camping experiences. The Spirit Award is designed to help campers promote a good attitude. One of Champ Camp's goals this coming year is to increase diversity at camp possibly by advertising or by working with the schools. As kids go to their next level of schooling, they will encounter more diversity; camp can help prepare campers for what is ahead. There is also a Young Leader Program to encourage older campers to help younger campers. Champ Camp fills up fast when the application process opens, and a waiting list develops.
Diana Schnell, Executive Director
Ms. Schnell expressed appreciation for the Moraine Township grant as well as gentle nudges from Trustee Gamson. Equestrian Connection's annual report was presented to the board, and Ms. Schnell explained that they are working on tight constraints to keep administrative cost down; 90% of their revenue goes to direct treatment. There are 273 riders on the schedule per week. Equestrian Connection remains mindful of the original program funded by the Moraine Township grant and reaches out to as many Moraine Township residents as possible. This year, two more Allendale group homes were added as well as a few students that required additional funding. Their Pony Pals is for socialization, self esteem and self care for young teens. Work to Ride is a reward system with Allendale residents in which they learn to ride or receive riding time after their work time. The program for MS patients has had great success, often helping with the reduction of pain and depression and in some cases has eliminated the need for a cane for a time. While horse riding therapy for MS patients is only once a week, they feel that at least twice a week would have additional benefit. In partnering with North Shore Mental Health, a program for young women with substance abuse and addiction has also been successful. These young women come together at Equestrian Connection, share common experiences, and discuss their life experiences under the guidance of a psychiatrist. ADHD students also come to ride and pay $20 per session. In addition to our grant, the use of volunteer staff allows lower fees. Equestrian Connection is open 9 AM to 6 PM every day except Monday when there are special programs. They house 20 horses and are located at 600 Bradley Rd in Lake Forest.
Supervisor Barnes stated that her issues will be discussed in the reports below.
The Stormwater Management Grant was approved in the amount of $31,280 as a 50% match to what the Township is spending on the Mooney Cemetery project. Bids for the engineering study and bids for the pervious pavement on the driveway will be needed; the latter is the larger dollar amount. We have two years to spend the grant funds, and the question is whether the Board would like to budget the project over a two-year period or complete in one year. In light of the scope of this project, a two year time span would be better. The next step is to allocate funds for the budget and have Nancy Hannick of NLH Landscape Architects go out and get the bids. The driveway would be first. The board may want to discuss with Ms. Hannick how to sensibly divide the project into a two-year time frame.
Latino Advisory Committee
Nothing further, perhaps should take off list until further notice. (inactive committee)
Pantry Plants Garden Project
The Healthcare Foundation of Highland Park has awarded Moraine Township's Door to Door Van service a $45,000 grant which is an increase over last year. Kudos are extended to the grant writer, Trustee Gamson. Moraine Township Grant Program requests are due on February 1st, 2013. Trustee Gamson reported that about half of the grant requests have been received. A couple of grantees from this year have not yet scheduled to present their mid-term report to the board, which may disqualify those agencies from receiving grants next year. The first meeting of the Citizen Grant Advisory Committee will be on February 27th, 2013.
Lake County Coordinated Transportation Services Committee (LCCTSC)
Trustee Gamson plans to stay on this committee's Board after her term as Township Trustee ends.
Human Relations Commission of Highland Park
Nothing to report.
Community Family Center
Next meeting is March 13th. Supervisor Barnes noted that there is a budget-carry over from the prior administration of $75,000 for CFC which was supposed to have been awarded at ground breaking. For now it remains a budget item.
Supervisor Barnes presented to the Board the Profit vs. Loss statement for budget year 2012-13 as a review of this year's budget and what has been used to date. Supervisor Barnes would like to discuss the budget for 2013-14 when all board members are present. Tonight the board should begin discussion regarding the amount for grants as the Grant Committee will need to know what they have to draw from. Trustee Schechter would like to put more money into grants and Trustee Douglas concurred. Trustee Gamson as co-liaison of the Grant Committee is comfortable with the same funds as this fiscal year. Trustee Schechter believes the Township may receive more special requests from the community agencies this year as State financial shortages ensue. She suggested the Board take the $50,000 for special grants which has not been used so far in this fiscal year and put half into appropriated grants. The Board will look at what is being asked for after the February 1st deadline and then decide upon the budget for grants.
Supervisor Barnes also reported that IMRF is in the budget (as always) and that one Township employee is now on disability covered by IMRF. This employee situation may be reflected in the Assessor's budget when the Assessor submits same.
With no further business to conduct, Trustee Schechter moved, seconded by Trustee Douglas, the meeting be adjourned at 8:22 PM. Motion carried.
Ellen S. Gussin, Moraine Township Clerk, with sincere appreciation to Shannon Mosier for taking minutes in my absence
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