Moraine Township

December 10, 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 Olga Gomez Aguilar, Cindy Wolfson and Amy Zisook; absent: Trustee Dwayne Douglas. Also present: Clerk Gail Feiger Brown, Robbie Boudreau (Southeast Lake County Faith In Action), and Videographer Clyde Jennings. The meeting was held at Highwood City Hall, 17 Highwood Avenue, Highwood.

Public Comment
There was no comment from the public.

Agency Presentations

  • Robbie Boudreau, Southeast Lake County Faith in Action (SELCFIA)
  • SELCFIA provides non-medical assistance to help seniors live independently and improve quality of life. The Township was thanked for its grant helping fund the Volunteer Caregiving Program. Trustee Wolfson was thanked for attending SELCFIA Board Meetings. 50% of SELCFIA’s care recipients reside in Moraine Township. Over 80 volunteers at SELFCIA are Township residents. SELCFIA’s expanded social programming and transportation has been beneficial to the Township residents who are not involved in mainstream senior activities. Declining mental health and social isolation is a challenge for SELFCIA. The agency is receiving increased mental health referrals from adult children concerned about their parents.

Approval of Minutes
Trustee Aguilar moved, seconded by Trustee Zisook, approval of the Regular Meeting Minutes of November 12, 2015. The motion passed unanimously by voice vote.

Trustee Wolfson moved, seconded by Trustee Aguilar, approval of the Executive Session Minutes of October 22, 2015. Voting Aye by Roll Call Vote: Supervisor Bassi, Trustees Aguilar, Wolfson and Zisook; Voting Nay: none.

Approval of Bills
Trustee Zisook moved, seconded by Trustee Aguilar, Approval of the Bills, October 16-22, 2015: $800.00 General Assistance; November 13-December 7, 2015: $14,552.57 General Assistance, $18,781.51 Town Fund. Voting Aye by Roll Call Vote: Supervisor Bassi, Trustees Aguilar, Wolfson and Zisook; Voting Nay: none.

Action Items

  • Approval of Moraine Township Tax Levy Ordinance No. 12-10-15
  • Trustee Wolfson moved, seconded by Trustee Aguilar, Adoption of Moraine Township Tax Levy ordinance No. 12-10-15, to collect 2015 taxes in 2016, $518,000.00 for the Township Assessor Services; $587,000.00 for Township Services, Program and Administration; and $285,000.00 for the General Assistance Fund, totaling $1,390,000.00, reflecting no increase from the prior year levy. Voting Aye by Roll Call Vote: Supervisor Bassi, Trustees Aguilar, Wolfson and Zisook; Voting Nay: none.

  • Adoption of Employee Dental Insurance Coverage
  • Trustee Zisook moved, seconded by Trustee Aguilar, Adoption of Employee Dental Insurance Coverage for the period December 1, 2015 through November 30, 2016, and offer employees the following Dental Plan: United Healthcare PPO Dental Plan, IL Max Mulitplier PPO - P7802, 100/80/50 In-Network; 100/80/50 Out-Of-Network. The motion passed unanimously by voice vote.

  • Appointment of Donna Novickas as Deputy Clerk
  • Trustee Wolfson moved, seconded by Trustee Zisook, Appointment of Moraine Township Administrator Donna Novickas as Deputy Clerk. The motion passed unanimously by voice vote.


  • Assessor's Report
  • No report.

  • Supervisor's Report Anne Flanigan Bassi
    • Thanks to Trustees Wolfson and Zisook for covering the office and phones on December 14, enabling the staff to participate in a holiday office lunch.
    • Thanks to the City of Highwood for allowing us to use their City Hall chambers for this Board Meeting.
    • Thanks to Videographer Clyde Jennings.
    • Trustees were given a report of services for the month of November, 2015, and a twelve-month report for December, 2014 through November, 2015. Pantry numbers continue to climb.
    • November was the first month of Open Enrollment in the Marketplace for health insurance. 50 people were assisted by Township Certified Application Counselors (CACs).
    • Supervisor Bassi and Administrator Novickas attended IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site coordinator training on November 21. Supervisor Bassi and Administrator Novickas will be developing procedures and safeguards for the program.
    • Thanks to Clerk Brown and co-chair Sue Kach for their work on the Phyllis Santullano Holiday Drive. Almost 600 Township children were matched up with generous sponsors to receive gifts selected especially for them, as well as gloves, hats and socks. The Township was pleased to provide Jewel and Sunset Foods gift cards to every family so they could choose their own holiday meal. Thanks to Sunset Foods and Jewel for selling those cards to the Township at a discount. Thanks to Sam Piro who delighted many of the children as Santa.
    • Thanks to Trustee Wolfson, Sunset Foods and their employees, as well as volunteers, shoppers and donors. Trustee Wolfson is commended for organizing a highly successful fundraiser at Sunset Foods December 4, 5 and 6 which generated $11,698.73 for the Food Pantry. Shoppers were able to add a donation for the Pantry to their bill, or give money directly to volunteers stationed at the store entrances. Thanks to volunteer graphic designer Georgann Humphrey for the advertising flyers. Sunset Foods additionally gives the Township a 5% discount on weekly produce purchases, and makes donations of produce and dairy items twice a week. The Township is grateful to recognize Sunset Foods as an outstanding corporate citizen.
    • Thanks to many generous donors, including the Sunset Foods drive, the Pantry has received contributions of almost $24,000 to the Food Pantry in November and December. This includes $2,294.68 from the Highland Park Presbyterian Church, and individual contributions of $500, $1,000 and $3,000, and many smaller donations from our generous community.
    • Thanks to Trustee Zisook and Clerk Brown for coordinating the Winter Break Breakfast/Lunch Bag Program, which will be held the last two weeks in December. 350 families with school age children were invited to participate. Perishable and non-perishable children-friendly food will be provided. Families will be able to access produce and dairy that is available to Food Pantry clients.
    • Thanks to Thanksgiving donors Keyth Security and Coldwell Banker for turkeys, and to the American Legion for their $500 donation to purchase ham and chickens. Thanks to Pete Koukos for facilitating the American Legion donation.
    • Thanks to the many organizations who have held food drives for the Pantry: Red Oak School Girl Scouts, City of Highland Park businesses, City of Highwood businesses, Blick, Inc., Coldwell-Banker, Ravinia Ramblers, all North Shore School District 112 schools, Congregation Solel, Congregation BJBE, Ravinia Neighbors Association, and Highland Park Presbyterian Church. The food is flying out of the pantry as soon as it's coming in.

  • Latino Advisory Committee Report
  • No report.

  • Food Insecurity Issues Report
  • See Supervisor's report.

  • Food Pantry Report Anne Flanigan Bassi
  • See Supervisor's report.

  • Senior Services Task Force Report Cindy Wolfson
  • On November 16, Supervisor Bassi, Trustee Wolfson and Staff Paula Peddle and Linda Contreras brought lunch to Nuestro Center for their senior clients and gave a presentation in Spanish about Moraine Township services.

    Social workers from Peers and Walnut Senior Housing have visited the Township office recently. Supervisor Bassi, Trustee Wolfson, and Staff Peddle and Contreras will bring snacks and make presentations to both Peers and Walnut Senior Housing in January.

  • Lake County Coordinated Transportation Services Committee (LCCTSC)
  • No report.

  • Human Relations Commission Report
  • No report.

  • Community Family Center (CFC) Report Gail Feiger Brown
  • Clerk Brown attended the CFC Annual Meeting on December 9.

  • Cemetery Report Cindy Wolfson
  • Thanks to Administrator Novickas for taking care of a fallen branch at Mooney Cemetery. There was a burial at Mooney Cemetery in November.

Old Business None.

New Business

  • Internet Server Issues
  • Supervisor Bassi has had conversations with an IT consultant regarding server and email issues. Presently, elected officials are using their own personal email servers. Should the Township obtain its own server, CDW would offer a discounted government rate of approximately $1,000.00 per year, including Microsoft and encryption to accommodate government email accounts for all staff and elected officials. The Trustees concurred that Supervisor Bassi should move forward.

Executive Session

With no further business to conduct, Trustee Wolfson moved, seconded by Trustee Zisook , the meeting be adjourned at 7:55 p.m. The motion passed unanimously by voice vote.

Respectfully submitted,

Gail Feiger Brown, Moraine Township Clerk

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