Moraine Township

February 27, 2014, 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, Dwayne Douglas and Amy Zisook. Absent: Trustee Cindy Wolfson. Also Present: Clerk Gail Feiger Brown, Assessor Cynthia Plouche, Micky Baer (JCYS/Jon Vegosen Champ Camp), Paul Dean (Family Services), Gary Smith (Josselyn Center), Janice Merkin (Best Futures), Janet Freed and Victor Bassi (videographer).

Public Comment
There were no comments from the public.

Agency Presentations
Micky Baer, JCYS/Jon Vegosen Champ Camp
Champ Camp is a five week summer camp for low-income children sponsored by JCYS. Campers are bused from Oak Terrace School to the camp facility on Half Day Road in Highland Park to help fill the summer day care gap for low-income working families. A traditional camp experience is provided including swimming, tennis and arts and crafts. Almost all of the 74 campers are Moraine residents and most attend on scholarship. The camp stopped the wait list at 25. After-camp care is also available for working parents.

Paul Dean, Family Service: Prevention, Education & Counseling
Family Service offers counseling and support services to individuals and families of all ages, and has partnered with Moraine Township for 84 years, last year serving over 4500 Moraine residents, most at no cost. Last year, 165 Moraine seniors were served through advocacy, individual and group counseling. 761 Moraine residents received professional counseling in 2013, a 25% increase from 2012; there was an 82% increase in clients who received bilingual counseling. Moraine has also funded Latino support services through the Nuestro Center in Highwood, the YESS (Youth Educational Support and Success) program at Northwood Junior High School, and LYI (Latino Youth Initiative) program at Highland Park High School. 1489 clients were served at Nuestro Center in 2013, including homework and language assistance, health and wellness programs and after-school activities. 894 students and their families received educational, social and emotional support, practical skills, mentorship and activities at school facilities.

Gary Smith, Josselyn Center
Josselyn Center is a community mental health center based in Northfield, Zion and Deerfield that served 1100 people from 60 different communities last year, including 179 Moraine Township residents. Individuals ranging in age from 3-80+ years old, who have diagnosed mental illness, are served on an out-patient basis. Josselyn Center offers case-management, psychiatry, social worker, and help with bills. Clients pay for services on on a sliding fee scale; last year 45% of their clients were Medicaid eligible. Patients who receive psychiatric help at Josselyn are able to retain their therapists from outside the agency. Services include a therapeutic day camp and a drop-in center in Deerfield.

Janice Merkin, Best Futures
Best Futures founded and operates Best Futures Café, a concession stand inside Centennial Ice Arena in Highland Park, to provide ongoing vocational training, continued skill development, community integration and hourly wages to teens/young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Moraine's grant helped expand café hours and pay managers. Seven of the current 26 employees, three of the nine managers, and half of their Board reside in Moraine Township.

Approval of Minutes
Trustee Zisook moved, seconded by Trustee Aguilar approval of the Regular Meeting Minutes of February 13, 2014. Upon voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

Approval of Bills
Trustee Douglas moved, seconded by Trustee Zisook, approval of the bills February 1-15, 2014: $$27,538.19 Town Fund, $4,958.12 General Assistance; and February 16-28, 2014: $41,628.12 Town Fund, $5,725.56 General Assistance. Upon roll call vote, the motion carried unanimously.


  • Assessor's Report Cynthia Plouché
    • The Chief County Assessment Office and the Lake County Assessors Association will hold public outreach sessions to assist residents in completing the 2014 Senior Citizen Assessment Freeze Application for taxes payable in 2015, as well as assisting taxpayers in enrolling for other exemptions they may be eligible for. Residents will work one on one with a staff member to complete the necessary exemption forms. Moraine Township Assessor's Office staff will be present at the April 9 session at the Recreation Center of Highland Park, from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. Residents must be 65 or older during the tax year, own the property as their principal residence on January 1 of the last two years (2013 and 2014), and have 2013 total household income of $55,000.00 or less. Residents should bring their 2013 Federal Income Tax Form and Social Security Statement (SSA 1099). If the property is owned in Trust, residents may need to provide proof or additional documentation.
    • All Board of Review hearings have been completed and the final findings were mailed on February 10, 2014. The Department of Revenue has issued the State multiplier for tax year 2013 and it is 1.0000. This means that all assessment values in place from the Board of Review will not be changed by the application of the State multiplier for the property tax calculation process.
    • 2013 Property taxes will be mailed by the Treasurer's office May 2, 2014.
    • The 2014 Assessment Roll is expected to be published around August 1, 2014.

  • Supervisor's Report Anne Flanigan Bassi
    • Thanks to Northwood Junior High School. The Student Council generously donated a large quantity of food for the food pantry.
    • Supervisor Bassi met with Mayor Nancy Rotering, following up on the Mayor's meeting with town clergy. There will be another meeting in June, exploring the involvement of Moraine congregations in supporting the food pantry.
    • Thanks to tonight's videographer Victor Bassi.

  • Latino Advisory Committee Report Olga Gomez Aguilar
  • Trustee Aguilar will represent Moraine at an upcoming Family Services Connect program.

  • Food Pantry Report Amy Zisook
  • Trustee Zisook and Clerk Brown met at HPHS with Tom Koulentes, Alesia Margetis and Holly Fleisher on February 27 to discuss partnering with HPHS on student food insecurity. They also visited the food pantry at the Drop-In Center.

  • Lake County Coordinated Transportation Services Committee (LCCTSC) Amy Zisook
  • LCCTSC will be making presentations at member Township Board meetings. A meeting will be scheduled for Moraine Township.

  • Community Family Center (CFC) Report
  • No report.

  • Human Relations Commission Report Dwayne Douglas
  • Trustee Douglas will be unable to attend the next meeting.

  • Citizen Grant Advisory Committee Report Amy Zisook
  • The Committee met February 11. The next meetings are scheduled for March 6 and March 20 at the Moraine Township office. The Committee will review applications and make grant recommendations to the Board of Trustees.

Old Business

New Business

  • Supervisor Bassi distributed to the Board a proposed Budget for FY 2014-2015. Comments and questions are welcome. At the next Board meeting, the Board will discuss and vote to post the proposed budget.
  • Moraine met with City of Highland Park staff to discuss senior transportation issues and synergies.

Executive Session

With no further business to discuss, Trustee Douglas moved, seconded by Trustee Zisook the meeting be adjourned at 8:06 PM. Upon voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

Respectfully submitted,

Gail Feiger Brown, Moraine Township Clerk

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