Moraine Township

October 24, 2013, 7:00 PM

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 and Cindy Wolfson. Trustees Dwayne Douglas and Amy Zisook were absent. Also Present: Clerk Gail Feiger Brown, Sue Shimon (New Foundation Center), Gabrielle Rousso (The Art Center), Larry Weiss, and Janet Freed.

Public Comment
There were no comments from the public.

Agency Presentations

Gabrielle Rousso, The Art Center of Highland Park (TAC)
Non-profit TAC was founded in 1960. It provides visual arts education to the Township and neighboring communities through 400 classes and programs annually. Scholarship requests for various programs have increased from 150 annually to 400 just for the fall session; 150 were awarded for the fall session. Scholarships are need based, for all ages. Referrals are made by agencies and schools. The Township funds 54 residents through the Joyeria Program and Creative Summer Art Camp Scholarships. Joyeria Y Textiles Instruction Programs is a bilingual class offering instruction in native craft making, marketing, sales and exhibition. Babysitting is provided and there is no fee. Transportation is provided by Family Network. Creative Art Camp scholarships are also provided. Adult students are working on learning to sell their crafts at community events to supplement family income.

Susan Shimon, New Foundation Center
New Foundation Center was founded in 1986. It provides services for individuals with mental illness, including employment assistance, housing support, mental health recovery, and counseling. 33 Township residents are served through housing support provided in the Township for people with mental illness who had been homeless. The agency addresses social skills, independent living skills, and healthy friendship skills. Township funding is used primarily for dentistry, transportation and food. There is a steady and unmet demand for housing support, with a lengthy wait list.

Approval of Minutes
Trustee Aguilar moved, seconded by Trustee Wolfson, approval of the October 10, 2013 Minutes. Upon voice vote, the motion carried

Trustee Aguilar moved, seconded by Trustee Wolfson, approval of the September 26, 2013 Executive Session Minutes. Upon voice vote the motion carried.

Approval of Bills
Trustee Wolfson moved, seconded by Trustee Aguilar, approval of the bills: $8,041.16 General Assistance, $29,768.81 Town Fund, from October 1-15, 2013. Upon roll call vote, the motion carried.

Action Items
Resolution to Declare 10+ year-old Copier as of no value and recycle/Resolution to Dispose of Township Property
Trustee Wolfson moved, seconded by Trustee Aguilar adoption of the Resolution to declare 10+ year-old copier as of no value and recycle/Resolution to Dispose of Township Property. The copier could not be repaired and has been replaced. Trustee Wolfson made an amendatory motion to change the facility from Solid Waste Agency of Lake County (SWALCO) to Highland Park, seconded by Trustee Aguilar. Upon roll call, the amended motion carried unanimously.


  • Assessor's Report
  • None

  • Supervisor's Report
  • None

  • Latino Advisory Committee Report Olga Aguilar
  • The committee had its first meeting October 23, which was productive. The committee is looking for ways to inform Latino residents of Township services and determine if partnerships on programs are needed to fill gaps in service.

  • Food Pantry Report Anne Flanigan Bassi
  • 27.5% of Northshore School District 112 students currently qualify for free or reduced lunch. The Board discussed and agreed to expand the Food Pantry services to allow families who qualify for the federal free/reduced lunch program to obtain food twice monthly instead of once a month. The Board also discussed and agreed to extend Food Pantry Hours to 7:00 PM one evening a week through 2013. Staff, the Board, and volunteers will assist. Outreach efforts will begin with current pantry recipients and local agencies and schools. The Township may need to increase our purchases from the Northern Illinois Food Bank to accommodate increased services.

  • Lake County Coordinated Transportation Services Committee (LCCTSC)
  • None

  • Community Family Center Report Gail Feiger Brown
  • A feasibility study for a site is underway. The CFC Annual Meeting is October 30.

  • Human Relations Commission Report
  • None

  • Phyllis Santullano Holiday Gift Drive Report Gail Feiger Brown
  • The Holiday Drive is underway. Sponsor forms can be obtained through the website. Thanks to Sue Kach, community volunteer, who is chairing the drive.

Old Business

  • Discussion of FY 2014-2015 Tax Levy Anne Flanigan Bassi
  • Trustees were given copies of the proposed FY 2013-2014 Tax Levy for their consideration. For FY 2014-2015, Supervisor Bassi recommended freezing the tax levy for existing tax payers, without adding the allowable Consumer Price Index (CPI) increase. New construction not yet on the property tax rolls would be added to the levy. Some proposed changes include: moving the cemetery levy to the Town Fund; moving $50,000 from the Town Fund to General Assistance; funding the Door-to-Door Van though the Town Fund only; and adding the levy on new construction to General Assistance, as those expenses have been increasing. The Board will vote on the FY 2014-2015 Tax Levy at its November 21 Board Meeting.

New Business

  • Discussion of Food Pantry
  • See above Food Pantry Report.

Executive Session

Supervisor Bassi thanked Larry Weiss, our stalwart volunteer videotaper.
With no further business to conduct, Trustee Wolfson moved, seconded by Trustee Aguilar, the meeting be adjourned at 7:50 PM. Motion carried.

Respectfully submitted,

Gail Feiger Brown, Moraine Township Clerk

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