Moraine Township

October 10, 2013, 5:30 PM

The meeting was called to order at 5:33 PM, and upon roll call the following members were present: Supervisor Anne Flanigan Bassi; Trustees Olga Gomez Aguilar, Dwayne Douglas, Cindy Wolfson and Amy Zisook. Also Present: Clerk Gail Feiger Brown, Jordan Friedman (Family Network), Lisa Adelmund (Highland Park Community Nursery School and Day Care Center), Assessor-Elect Cynthia Plouche and Janet Freed.

Public Comment
There were no comments from the public.

Agency Presentations

Jordan Friedman, Family Network
Family Network is a 31 year-old agency located in Highland Park. Its clientele is almost entirely comprised of Moraine Township residents. Last year, it served over 400 families (1400 participants) in its three programs. Over 87% of clients are at or below the poverty line. Three programs are offered. The Parent/Child Center has drop-in hours, dual language play, and parent networking and education. Right from the Start provides education and family support services to at-risk Latino families to pregnant women and families with children. The After School Activity Program (ASAP) provides after school programming at Indian Trail and Oak Terrace, for students from five elementary schools in Highland Park.

Lisa Adelmund, Highland Park Community Nursery School and Day Care Center
Highland Park Community Nursery School and Day Care Center offers nursery school, daycare, kindergarten enrichment, before school care and summer camp. The nursery school program has experienced a 300% increase in scholarship requests for working families whose wages cannot support market rate daycare. Nursery school and before school care is also offered at a satellite location, HPHS, for children of school employees. Two of the day care classrooms are part of the Preschool for All state program for academically at-risk children. Last year, Community lost its United Way funding.

Approval of Minutes
Trustee Zisook moved, seconded by Trustee Aguilar, approval of the September 26, 2013 Minutes. Upon voice vote, the motion carried.

Approval of Bills
Trustee Douglas moved, seconded by Trustee Zisook, approval of the bills: $42,118.72 for the Town Fund and $12,655.68 for General Assistance from September 16-30, 2013. Upon roll call, the motion carried unanimously.

Action Items
Supervisor Bassi proposed the following appointments to the 2014 Grant Advisory Committee: Judy Datz, Chair, Joel Carp, Matt Ferrari, Bryna Gamson, Mark Gilhooley, Beth Olderman, and John Ropiquet. Amy Zisook and Gail will be liaisons. Trustee Wolfson moved, seconded by Trustee Aguilar, appointments to the 2014 Grant Advisory Committee. Upon voice vote, the motion carried.


  • Assessor's Report
  • None

  • Supervisor's Report Anne Flanigan Bassi

    • The Phyllis Santullano Holiday Gift Drive is underway. The drive will be chaired by community volunteer Sue Kach. She will be assisted by staff and volunteers. We hope to serve about 500 children.

    • PACE has replaced our vans with new vans.

    • Paula Peddle and Linda Contreras from our office are being certified to drive vans, and may drive one day a week.

    • Trustees can store their blue audit books at the Township office.

    • There was a walk- through at the Mooney Cemetery rain gardens. In the spring, the contractor will make repairs under the existing contract to sod and gravel. 5% of the contractor's payment will be held back until this work is satisfactorily completed.

    • The health insurance marketplace website opened October 1 and there have been difficulties accessing the website. Staff is getting back to people who have contacted us to schedule appointments. Appointments may need to be rescheduled if the website continues to be inaccessible.

    • Thank you to Terri Olian for all her work on writing best practices and checklists for our health insurance navigator effort.

    • Thank you to staff member Shannon Mosier for making a presntation at a Cemetery Seminar about the Mooney Cemetery rain gardens project.

    • Thank you to Alicia Ilc and her Wings Ministry, who responded to the Township's Hunger Action Month flyer and brought in supplies for personal care bags. Volunteers from Sunset Woods and others helped assemble.

    • Thank you to the three HPHS students who helped at Pantry Plants Garden all summer: Nicole Berkman, Simon Gunzberg and Matt Reisin.

    • A list of Moraine Township services to residents in the month of September was given to the Board.

  • Latino Advisory Committee Report Olga Aguilar
  • The committee's first meeting is scheduled for October 30 at 6 PM at the Moraine Township office.

  • Food Pantry Report Anne Flanigan Bassi
  • The Township received chickens as part of our Federal Commodities. Additionally, Hunger Resource Network is distributing ten cases of chickens Saturday Nov 9 from 7 am-10 am at Sunset Foods Northbrook. Volunteers are needed to pick up the chickens and return to the Township office.

  • Lake County Coordinated Transportation Services Committee (LCCTSC) Amy Zisook
  • The southeast townships group met last Friday. The townships have various levels of service. The Group may look to apply for Federal funds for general paratransit services for a coordinated township project, which might enable us to expand service hours and region. The group has scheduled a meeting with a representative of PACE.

  • Citizen Grant Advisory Committee Report
  • None

  • Community Family Center Report
  • None

  • Human Relations Commission Report Dwayne Douglas
  • The Commission held purchase of service hearings, where agencies made presentations. After discussion, the commission made recommendations for funding, which it will share with the Highland Park City Council.

Old Business
Discussion of 2014 Agency Grants.
The Board was given last year's grant application forms to review at its September 26 Board. The revised grant application form was distributed to the Board. There was a discussion about grants and funding priorities. Concerns about loss of United Way, private, state and federal funding were addressed. The Township helps agencies in our community that provide services for our residents. With the economy rebounding, the Township plans to reduce the amount it allocates to these agencies in next year's budget. The Board gave guidance to the preparation of the budget to reduce the grant's to $250,000. It also directed the grant committee to follow the Township mission statement and funding priorities in determining grants and to carefully review the number of Moraine Township residents served.

New Business

  • Discussion of FY 2014-2015 Tax Levy Anne Flanigan Bassi
  • The Board was given information about the Tax Levy. There was a discussion of the budget, CPI, the town fund and general assistance portions of the budget. The Tax Levy will be voted on by the Township Board at the November 21 Board Meeting.

  • Partnering with Northshore School District 112 Amy Zisook
  • Trustee Zisook noted that this school year the number if District 112 students eligible for the federal free or reduced meal program has risen to 27.5%. This is up from 6% during the 2001/2002 school year. She is investigating whether the Township can supplement these lunches or enhance breakfast. Trustee Zisook will be meeting with Principals, the PTO and PTA Presidents' Council, the Northern Illinois Food Bank and others. Research will include funding sources, awareness of the Township food pantry, possible food drives and federal guidelines for the lunch program.

Executive Session

With no further business to conduct, Trustee Douglas moved, seconded by Trustee Aguilar, the meeting be adjourned at 7:38 PM. Motion carried.

Respectfully submitted,

Gail Feiger Brown, Moraine Township Clerk

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