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MINUTES
Moraine Township Board of Trustees
Thursday, June 27, 2013 7:00 PM
Moraine Township Office

MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING
June 27, 2013

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 PM, and upon roll call the following members were present: Supervisor Anne Flanigan Bassi; Trustees Olga Gomez Aguilar, Dwayne Douglas, Cindy Wolfson, and Clerk Gail Feiger Brown. Also present: Assessor Patty Powers, Ariel Sheffey, Jackie Grossman from Open Communities, Sam Piro, Sandy Washburn, and Janet Freed. Trustee Amy Zisook was absent.

Public Comment
There were no comments from the public.

Agency Presentation: Jackie Grossman, Open Communities
Open Communities was previously Interfaith Housing Center of the North Shore, founded in 1972. The name change reflects their mission to help create welcoming communities through advocacy. During the transition, the agency failed to schedule a report to Moraine Township, disqualifying it from receiving a grant in 2013. Services include: fair housing issues, foreclosure prevention, landlord-tenant relations, home-sharing, and testing. All services are free. This past year they applied our 2012 grant to serve Moraine Township residents: 75 phone inquiries, 25 landlord/tenant issues, four foreclosure issues, and four house sharing arrangements.

Pantry Plants Project Report: Sam Piro and Sandy Washburn
Sam has run the program for several years, and Sandy is master gardener at Chicago Botanic Garden. There are plots for 23 participant families and the Township. Sam and Sandy offered thanks to: the families and many volunteers; Anton's for generosity with plants; Joy Galt for donation of seeds she raised into seedlings; Trustee Aguilar, Roni Weiss and Gaby Ocampo on behalf of the North Shore Health Center; seven volunteers from HPHS; Ted Baker and Highland Park Park District for help with water, as needed, and for tilling the garden, donating 10 cubic pounds of compost, removing grass within the deer fence area, and mowing inside the fence; Supervisor Bassi for donating plants and planting butterfly garden.

Approval of Minutes
Trustee Wolfson moved, seconded by Trustee Aguilar, approval of the June 13, 2013 Minutes. Upon roll call, the motion carried unanimously.

Approval of Bills
Trustee Wolfson moved, seconded by Trustee Douglas, approval of the bills: $35,620.50 for the Town Fund, and $7,174.39 for General Assistance from June 1-15; and $42,146.21 for the Town Fund, and $12,420.64 for General Assistance from June 16-31. Upon roll call, the motion carried unanimously.

Action Items
Resolution to approve line item transfers in the FY 2013-2014 Budget needed to align the budget with correct expense accounts. A listing of the transfers is attached to the resolution.
  Trustee Wolfson moved adoption of the Resolution, seconded by Trustee Douglas. Upon roll call, the motion carried unanimously.

Resolution to accept Construction Bid from C. R. Schmidt, Inc. in the amount of $153,750.00 for Mooney Cemetery to remove existing driveway, install permeable paver driveway, make drainage improvements, and for excavation and soil addition for rain gardens. The Board authorizes the Township Supervisor to enter into a contract for construction services.
  Discussion: Serious drainage issues at cemetery with ponding around the graves; we have a fiduciary responsibility to those with loved ones at this cemetery. The prior administration applied for Stormwater Management Grant, which it was awarded, in the amount of $31,280.00 to help offset the cost of the project. Engineer Bob Hansen vetted the credentials and experience of C. R. Schmidt as stated in the bid, and found it to be a responsible and responsive bidder.
  Trustee Douglas moved adoption of the Resolution, seconded by Trustee Wolfson. Upon roll call, the motion carried unanimously.

Resolution to authorize Township Supervisor to enter into a contract with Daniel Creaney Company for services at Mooney Cemetery to provide construction observation and monitoring of contractor's work for compliance with contract documents, at an estimated cost of $2,800.00
  Discussion: Daniel Creaney Company will have personnel on-site monitoring construction.
  Trustee Aguilar moved adoption of the Resolution, seconded by Trustee Wolfson. Upon roll call, the motion carried unanimously.

Reports
Assessor's Report
Assessor Powers reported that the office is wrapping up assisting seniors with senior freeze forms. She also said that the township has added 5 parcels since 2012, for a 2013 total of 13,797.
  Assessor Powers distributed a pie chart showing how Moraine Township's property taxes are apportioned among the taxing bodies.
  She noted that the Township is the second smallest sliver of the pie, at 0.9% and that even if townships were to be eliminated, assessments will still need to be done. In that case, the Chief County Assessor in Waukegan would have to hire more personnel, increase his budget, thereby increasing Lake County's 3.6% slice of the pie. Tax dollars for assessments collected here would transfer to that office. While there might be a satellite office in the Township, all inquiries would be handled at the office in Waukegan.

Supervisor's Report
 • Supervisor Bassi thanked the Northwood Junior High School student council and student body for raising $1,750.00 for our community chest.

 • The Highland Park Women's Club was thanked for donating $500 to the community chest.

 • Ariel Sheffey was thanked for videotaping the Board meeting.

 • The Township will participate in Highland Park's July 4th parade.

 • The Supervisor continues to meet with stakeholders and other township supervisors.

 • With respect to the Mooney Cemetery construction project, an additional contract from the landscape engineer for observation was not received in time to be added to the agenda and will be presented at the July 11 Board meeting, along with a discussion of the rain garden.

Cemetery Board Report
Trustee Douglas reported that the Cemetery Board met June 24, and reviewed bids opened June 20 for the construction project at Mooney Cemetery.
  The three bids received were: C. R. Schmidt, Inc.: $153,750.00, Krugel Cobbles, Inc.: $197,510.00 and Team Reil, Inc.: $177,397.00. Engineer Bob Hansen evaluated C. R. Schmidt, Inc., the lowest bidder, and determined they were responsive and responsible, and the Cemetery Board approved recommending that the Township Board accept this bid.

Latino Advisory Committee Report
Trustee Aguilar reported that she and Advisory Chair Alvarez and Supervisor Bassi met to discuss the formation of the committee. She will be meeting with Paul Martinez, former Chair, Trustee Douglas, former Supervisor Mari Barnes, Chair Alvarez and Supervisor Bassi next week.

Food Pantry Report
Clerk Brown reported that on June 18, she, Supervisor Bassi, and staff, met with Pete Schaefer and Marissa Reongpondit of the Northern Illinois Food Bank at the Township office. Resumption of commodities distribution was discussed. Commodities such as poultry, eggs and cheese bought by the Federal government, would be contracted for going forward at no cost to the Township. We would be obligated to accept all commodities. Since the pantry was renovated, we now have adequate refrigeration and freezer space to accommodate additional offerings.

Lake County Coordinated Transportation Services Committee (LCCTSC)
Supervisor Bassi reported that she and Trustee Zisook attended a meeting on the pilot project with Shields, West Deerfield, Libertyville and Vernon Townships. Issues included mechanics of combining paratransit, grants, partnering with PACE and Lake County, synergies, economies of scale, and funding.

Other
None

Unfinished Business
None

New Business
None

Executive Session
None

Adjournment
With no further business to conduct, Trustee Douglas moved, Trustee Wolfson seconded, the meeting be adjourned at 7:55 PM. Motion carried unanimously.

Respectfully submitted,

_______________________
Gail Feiger Brown, Moraine Township Clerk

 

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