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MORAINE TOWNSHIP, LAKE COUNTY, ILLINOIS
MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING

October 9, 2014, 5:30 PM

The meeting was called to order at 5:30 p.m., and upon roll call the following members were present: Supervisor Anne Flanigan Bassi, Trustees Dwayne Douglas, Cindy Wolfson and Amy Zisook. Absent: Trustee Olga Gomez Aguilar. Also Present: Clerk Gail Feiger Brown, Paul Dean (Family Service), Amy Skalinder (Angles), Lisa Adelmund (Highland Park Community Nursery School and Day Care Center), Pam Feinberg (Tri-Con Child Care Center), Assessor Cynthia Plouché, and Janet Freed.

Public Comment
There were no comment from the public.

Agency Presentation
Paul Dean, Family Service
The Township was thanked for its grant. For FY14, 70% of clients served, or 6,664 individuals, were residents of the Township. 460 residents received Counseling, 1,559 participated in the Nuestro Center, and 502 were involved in the Latino Youth Initiative (LYI) program. Nuestro Center and LYI are both filled to capacity. Programs not funded by the Township that serve Township residents include the Caregiver Resource Center, which served 15 residents, the Social and Emotional Learning program, which served 761 residents, and the Connect program, which served 235 residents.

Pam Feinberg, Tri-Con Child Care Center
The Township was thanked for its grant. Tri-Con offers high quality early childcare and childhood education for low-income families. 91% of the children served, or 30 children, are Township residents. Township funds help support the scholarship program for 19 children for seven weeks, enabling parents to work and children to achieve Kindergarten readiness.

Amy Skalinder, Angles
The Township was thanked for its grant. In FY14, 17% of clients served were Township residents. 442 residents (up to age 25) received services at the Health Clinic, 140 residents participated in the Pride Youth Program, and 15,169 students at Districts 112 and Highland Park High School received Health Education. For the 2014-2015 school year, Angles will provide health education for all District 112 schools. Their programs are taught by trained volunteers.

Lisa Adelmund, Highland Park Community Nursery School and Day Care Center
The Township was thanked for its grant. 98% of children attending nursery school and day care are Township residents. Township funds help support 9 scholarships for low income families. The kindergarten students are holding a food drive for the Township.

Approval of Minutes
Trustee Zisook moved, seconded by Trustee Wolfson, approval of the Regular Meeting Minutes of September 18, 2014. The motion passed unanimously by voice vote.

Approval of Bills
Trustee Douglas moved, seconded by Trustee Zisook, Approval of the Bills September 16-30, 2014: $43,390.26 Town Fund, $9,338.30 General Assistance. Voting Aye by Roll Call Vote: Supervisor Bassi, Trustees Douglas, Wolfson and Zisook; Voting Nay: None.

Action Items

  • Adoption of Revised Code of Conduct for Meetings
  • Trustee Wolfson moved, seconded by Trustee Zisook, to table Adoption of Revised Code of Conduct for Meetings, pending further review by Township Attorney Charles Smith. The motion passed unanimously by voice vote.

Reports

  • Assessor's Report Cynthia Plouché
  • Lake County Board of Review Hearings begin October 13. Many appeals have already been handled and hearings are tentatively scheduled through October 23. Appellants will be notified in writing after all hearings in Lake County are complete, usually in January or February. The number of appeals was lower than last year.

    Another note of interest, taxing bodies receive notices for appeals that request more than a $100,000 change in assessed value. While individually it may not seem like much, collectively, it adds up. For example, this year the Assessor has received roughly 50 requests representing over $11 million reduction in assessed value or over $30 million in market value. This can directly impact the level of funding that taxing bodies, such as the schools or the park district, will receive.

  • Supervisor's Report Anne Flanigan Bassi
    • Trustees were given a report of Township services for September and twelve month period, October, 2013 through September, 2014. Residents served by the Food Pantry increased to 470 in September.
    • Supervisor Bassi attended training for Health Insurance Enrollment on October 9. Due to the personal data transmitted via computers at the Township during enrollment assistance, the Township is required to obtain cyber security and add the state as an additional insured, however the cost of this insurance will be reimbursed under the grant from the Lake County Health Department.
    • The Township will not offer the IRS Voluntary Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program this year. Clients will be referred to Family Service.
    • Thanks to Highland Park High School and Highland Park Community Nursery School and Day Care Center for holding food drives to help restock bare Food Pantry shelves.
    • Thanks to T.J. Maxx for a $5,000 donation to the Community Chest.
    • Thanks to Fresh Thyme for donations of yogurt, cheese and milk. The Township has purchased two coolers to store increased donations that require refrigeration.
    • Thanks to the volunteer Dave Gordon, who brings perishable food from the Food Pantry to St. James Food Pantry after Pantry hours on Thursdays.


  • Latino Advisory Committee Report
  • The Committee will meet on October 16.

  • Food Insecurity Issues Report Amy Zisook
    • Thanks to North Suburban Synagogue Beth El Social Action Committee for collecting fruit cups and Nutrigrain bars for District 112 schools. The Township is serving as conduit and facilitator for getting the food to the schools.
    • Thanks to Ben Sher who is raising funds for a school snack program for a District 112 school. These donations are restricted in our Community Chest Fund.
    • Thanks to Deborah Coven, who is working with North Shore Congregation Israel and other volunteers to provide weekend backpacks of food to income-qualified District 112 students.
    • The Township is applying again to Congregation Solel for a grant to continue purchasing produce and dairy.
    • A Willow Creek Church Pastor toured the food pantry to find out about opportunities to partner to address hunger insecurity in our community.


  • Food Pantry Report
  • See Supervisor's report

  • Pantry Plants Garden Report Anne Flanigan Bassi
  • The Garden is closed for the season.

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

  • Community Family Center (CFC) Report Gail Feiger Brown
  • The CFC Annual Meeting is scheduled for October 22 at 9:00 a.m. at First Bank of Highland Park.

  • Human Relations Commission Report
  • None.

Old Business
None.

New Business

  • The Township Board Meeting scheduled for October 23 will begin at 5:30 p.m.
  • Discussion was held regarding the Township's insurance policy covering volunteers performing actions associated with the Pantry Plants Garden and off-site events. There was consensus to increase the policy from $5,000 to $25,000 no-fault coverage for volunteers.
  • In order to cover Township Trustees and Clerk under Workers' Compensation, the insurance company informed us that we need a policy requiring elected officials to work in our Pantry, Garden and off-site events. Township Attorney Charles Smith will draft this policy.

Executive Session
Trustee Douglas moved, seconded by Trustee Zisook that we go into Executive Session pursuant to 5 ILCS 120/2(c)21 for Semi Annual Review of Closed Session Minutes.

Action Item

  • Resolution for Semi Annual Review of Closed Session Minutes
  • Trustee Douglas moved, seconded by Trustee Wolfson, adoption of the Resolution for Semi Annual Review of Closed Session Minutes. Voting Aye by Roll Call Vote: Supervisor Bassi, Trustees Douglas, Wolfson and Zisook; Voting Nay: None.

Adjournment
With no further business to conduct, Trustee Douglas moved, seconded by Trustee Zisook, the meeting be adjourned at 7:07 p.m. The motion passed unanimously by voice vote.

Respectfully submitted,

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Gail Feiger Brown, Moraine Township Clerk

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