Moraine Township

April 23, 2015, 7:00 PM

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m., and upon roll call the following members were present: Supervisor Anne Flanigan Bassi, Trustees Dwayne Douglas, Cindy Wolfson and Amy Zisook; absent: Olga Gomez Aguilar. Also Present: Clerk Gail Feiger Brown, videographer Claire Esker, Joel Carp, Janet Freed, Bill Laegeler, and Erika Moran.

Public Comment
There was no comment from the public.

Approval of Minutes
Trustee Wolfson moved, seconded by Trustee Zisook, approval of the Regular Meeting Minutes of March 26, 2015. The motion passed unanimously by voice vote.

Approval of Bills
Trustee Douglas moved, seconded by Trustee Zisook, Approval of the Bills, March 16-31, 2015: $43,776.36 Town Fund, $8,633.76 General Assistance; April 1-15, 2015: $29,948.72 Town Fund, 4,042.71 General Assistance. Voting Aye by Roll Call Vote: Supervisor Bassi, Trustees Douglas, Wolfson and Zisook; Voting Nay: none.

Citizen Grant Advisory Committee Report
Citizen Grant Advisory Committee Chair Joel Carp reported that the Committee recommended grants for FY2015-2016 totaling $225,000, as directed by the Township Board. This was a reduction of $25,000 from FY2014-2015. He stated that we have a lot of good organizations serving Township residents. He expressed concern over potential cuts in funding to several agencies from the State of Illinois.

Action Items

  • Approval of Grants to Agencies
  • Trustee Douglas moved, seconded by Trustee Wolfson, moved that the Board accept the recommendations of the Citizen Grant Advisory Committee and approve the grants as recommended by the Committee, funding 17 agencies for 21 programs for a total of $225,000, as set forth in the Citizen Grant Advisory Committee Summary Recommendations for FY2015-2016. Voting Aye by Roll Call Vote: Supervisor Bassi, Trustees Douglas, Wolfson and Zisook; Voting Nay: none.

  • Approval of FY2015-2106 Budget
  • Trustee Wolfson moved, seconded by Trustee Douglas, Adoption of the Budget and Appropriation Ordinance for FY2015-2106 for $1, 625,500: $1,311,000 Town Fund, $41,250 Community Chest, $267,450 General Assistance Fund. Voting Aye by Roll Call Vote: Supervisor Bassi, Trustee Douglas, Wolfson and Zisook; Voting Nay: none.


  • Assessor's Report
  • None.

  • Supervisor's Report Anne Flanigan Bassi
    • The Township reduced its Levy by 5% for FY15-16. The Lake County Clerk sent information in April indicating that Moraine Township's tax rate will be reduced by 6%. The rate is a function of both the fixed dollar amount of the Levy and the total Assessed Value of the Township.
    • On April 21, Moraine Township and the City of Highland Park co-sponsored and event, “Addressing Food Insecurity in Our Community: A Call to Action.” Over 150 audience members were addressed by keynote speaker Christopher G. Kennedy, founder of Top Box Foods. Following his speech, 20 community members addressed the need in Moraine Township, current programs addressing hunger, and where there are service gaps in Highland Park and Highwood. Audience members then visited tables staffed by speakers and others working on programs, and many signed up to volunteer. Thanks to Supervisor Bassi, Trustee Zisook and Clerk Brown for organizing the event.
    • Trustees and Clerk are reminded to submit Statements of Economic Interest to the County Clerk by May 1.
    • The Township held its Annual Town Meeting on April 14, followed by a reception. Over 20 volunteers attended and were recognized for their service to the Township.
    • Thanks to Sue Monsen and the Park District of Highland Park for holding a food drive in March for the Food Pantry, placing collection bins in all of their facilities.
    • The Township will continue to assist with health insurance enrollment, affiliated as a Certified Application Counselor site with the CMS (Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services), rather than Lake County and the State of Illinois. Several of our Moraine Township Navigators will continue to help residents. Medicaid enrollment is ongoing. There is a special enrollment period until April 30 for those with qualifying events or who were penalized for failing to enroll in 2014, and others who may qualify for Special Enrollment.
    • Supervisor Bassi attended the Character Counts event April 22. Congratulations to Food Pantry volunteers Laura Biagi and Barry Scholnick last night who received Character Counts awards for their service to the Township.
    • Thanks and welcome to Claire Esker, our new videographer.

  • Latino Advisory Committee Report Dwayne Douglas
  • The Committee met prior to this Board Meeting. The new Highland Park-Highwood Legal Aid Clinic was discussed. The Clinic will open May 1, and will offer legal services in the areas of immigration, housing and domestic violence. The next Committee meeting will be held May 28.

  • Food Insecurity Issues Report Amy Zisook
  • The Township continued its school vacation breakfast/lunch bag pilot program during spring break; a summer vacation program is under considerations and funding and distribution are being explored. The Township will also be involved in providing food for students at District 112 and 113 summer schools, as it did last summer. The District 112 Presidents' Council will conduct flash food drives for the Township at the end of the school year.

  • Food Pantry Report Anne Flanigan Bassi
  • See above.

  • Senior Services Task Force Report
  • None.

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

  • Community Family Center (CFC) Report Gail Feiger Brown
  • Clerk Brown attended the City of Highland Park City Council Committee of the Whole meeting on April 13 where CFC was discussed. City staff has been directed to study a fiscally responsible way to meet our community's critical needs. Proposed tenants for the new facility are: City of Highland Park Youth and Senior Services and the CFC agencies. Staff was directed to prepare a Memorandum of Understanding that will be presented at a City Council meeting.

  • Human Relations Commission Report Gail Feiger Brown
  • Clerk Brown attended the Character Counts event hosted by the Commission. The Commission's next meeting date has not been scheduled.

Old Business None.

New Business

  • Temple Jeremiah is holding a program on immigration on May 3 with Senator Dick Durbin and Cardinal Blaise Cupich.

Executive Session

With no further business to conduct, Trustee Douglas seconded by Trustee Wolfson, the meeting be adjourned at 7:30 p.m. The motion passed unanimously by voice vote.

Respectfully submitted,

Gail Feiger Brown, Moraine Township Clerk

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