Moraine Township

January 8, 1015, 5:30 PM

The meeting was called to order at 5:35 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: Deputy Clerk Shannon Mosier, and Susan Bell (College Bound Opportunities).

Public Comment
There was no comment from the public.

Agency Presentations
College Bound Opportunities, Susan Bell
Thank you to Moraine Township for supporting College Bound Opportunities (CBO) which has been active for 8 years and has supported at total of 175 students over that time period. CBO mentors 25 new high school seniors every year taking them from the college application process through graduation from college and on to employment. Presently 93 CBO students are in college and 38 prior students have graduated from college and are gainfully employed. The high school students attend Highland Park, Deerfield, Lake Forest high schools and this year's 25 seniors have all been accepted in colleges for the fall term. Currently CBO has 14 students at Highland Park High School, 6 at Deerfield and 5 at Lake Forest. Generally 65% are from Moraine Township families and are from a pool of high-achieving students from lower income families (annual income of $30,000 or lower), some are the first generation to go to college. There are 150 volunteer mentors from the community to help each student on a one to one ratio from high school through college.

Mary Lou Coyle, Jewish Child and Family Services — Due to incumbent weather this agency was given the opportunity to reschedule.

Jackie Grossman, Open Communities — Due to incumbent weather this agency was given the opportunity to reschedule.

Approval of Minutes
Trustee Zisook moved, seconded by Trustee Wolfson, the approval of the Regular Meeting Minutes of December 11, 2014. The motion passed unanimously by voice vote.

Approval of Bills
Trustee Douglas moved, seconded by Trustee Zisook, the approval of the Bills, December 1-15, 2014: $36,055.56 Town Fund, $3,891.67 General Assistance; and December 16-31: $47,122.01 Town Fund, $16,052.21 General Assistance. Voting Aye by Roll Call Vote: Supervisor Bassi, Trustees Douglas, Wolfson and Zisook; Voting Nay: None.

Action Item

  • Acceptance of Healthcare Foundation of Highland Park grant of $65,000.00 for Door-to-Door Van Service
  • Trustee Wolfson moved, seconded by Trustee Douglas, Acceptance of Healthcare Foundation of Highland Park grant of $65,000.00 for Door-to-Door Van Service. Voting Aye by Roll Call Vote: Supervisor Bassi, Trustees Douglas, Wolfson and Zisook; Voting Nay: None.


  • Assessor's Report
  • None.

  • Supervisor's Report Anne Flanigan Bassi
    • Monthly service report — note the adding of taxi coupon information to the report; and there were two cemetery contacts in the month of December. Food Pantry numbers were up for December even with the holiday closings, while van numbers were down to the holiday closings.
    • ACA — the township has been working on getting people signed up for this new year and will continue with this process.
    • Board meeting dates for 2015 — Trustees to review and let Supervisor Bassi know if there are any known conflicts in the schedule.
    • Eileen Fisher Company was thanked for two large bags of nice heavy gloves and mittens donated for residents.
    • The township is considering putting together a small goodie bag which will include the gloves so that we can do wellness checks on our usual senior and/or disabled clients such as our van riders.
    • City of Highland Park will be conducting well checks on seniors who request it. The township has been handing out the application to our van riders and other clients if they desire to be on the city's list.

  • Latino Advisory Committee Report
  • None.

  • Food Insecurity Issues Report Amy Zisook
  • Trustee Zisook reported on the vacation food bags for families who received gifts in the holiday gift drive either here or with Catholic Charities. The bags had breakfast and lunch items to help families feed their kids over the school break when they would have no access to the school food programs. 65.75% of the 400 bags packed were picked up; remaining bags will be used for spring break vacation bags.

    Martin Luther King, Jr. Day food collection drop off will be from 10 to 2 at the Highland Park Recreation Center. Coldwell Banker has offered to provide volunteers to help.

  • Food Pantry Report
  • See above reports.

  • Senior Services Task Force Report
  • Trustee Wolfson reported that the next meeting is March 11th.

    There has been a nice response to the van service surveys. Trustee Wolfson has reviewed the responses with an initial report to Supervisor Bassi. The report will be completed later as the surveys are still coming in. From the current responses Supervisor Bassi did not see an overwhelming need for increasing this service but the board will be discussing this at a later time when the survey process is complete.

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

  • Community Family Center (CFC) Report
  • None.

  • Human Relations Commission Report
  • None.

Old Business
Thank you to Trustee Wolfson and Trustee Zisook for manning the office during the holidays so the staff could have time off as comp time for the extra hours put in this year for various project.

New Business

Executive Session

With no further business to conduct, Trustee Douglas moved, seconded by Trustee Zisook, the meeting be adjourned at 6:16 p.m. The motion passed unanimously by voice vote.

Respectfully submitted,

Gail Feiger Brown, Moraine Township Clerk

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