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MORAINE TOWNSHIP, LAKE COUNTY, ILLINOIS
MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING

October 8, 2015, 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 Olga Gomez Aguilar, Dwayne Douglas, Cindy Wolfson, and Amy Zisook. Also Present: Clerk Gail Feiger Brown, Assessor Cynthia Plouche, Lara Cleary (Center for Enriched Living), Joel Williams (PADS), Pam Feinberg (Tri-Con Child Care Center) and Janet Freed.

Public Comment
There was no comment from the public.

Agency Presentations
Lara Cleary, Center for Enriched Living (CEL)
CEL provides life enrichment and 63 different social programs seven days a week for individuals with developmental disabilities. 30% of CEL's client population are autistic, and may be non-verbal, in wheelchairs, and have behavioral issues. The Township was thanked for its grant which supported scholarships for 20 income qualified Township adults and youths in the reporting period, including participants in CEL's summer camp and at Centennial Ice Rink's concession stand.

Joel Williams, PADS Lake County
PADS provides year-round emergency shelter, supportive services and basic needs for Lake County's homeless. The Township was thanked for its grant. Since May 1, 2015 PADS has served 37 individuals who were previously residents of the Township, which is significantly higher than prior years. Some of this increase was attributed to a better data collection method that focused on more in-depth housing histories. The Township's grant has helped with transportation for them to and from the shelter sites. PADS attributes some of the increased demand for services to seeing more people struggling with mental illness.

Pam Feinberg, Tri-Con Child Care Center (Tri-Con)
Tri-Con has offered high quality early childhood education in Highland Park for over 43 years. The Township was thanked for its grant which funds scholarships for families who didn't qualify for TANF state funding. Every student is on the scholarship program. New state funding guidelines has resulted in many Tri-Con families no longer qualifying for state subsidies. The threshold changed July 1 from 185% of the Federal Poverty Limit to 50%, which means that a family of three earning $7,800.00/year no longer qualifies. Tri-Con has five open spaces and a waitlist of families who can't afford the program without the subsidy.

Approval of Minutes
Trustee Wolfson moved, seconded by Trustee Aguilar, approval of the Regular Meeting Minutes of September 24, 2015. The motion passed unanimously by voice vote.

Approval of Bills
Trustee Douglas moved, seconded by Trustee Zisook, Approval of the Bills, September 16-30, 2015: $47,199.29 Town Fund, $9,301.98 General Assistance. Voting Aye by Roll Call Vote: Supervisor Bassi, Trustees Aguilar, Douglas, Wolfson and Zisook; Voting Nay: none.

Action Items

  • Adoption of City of Highland Park and Moraine Township Temporary Emergency Housing Program
  • Trustee Wolfson moved, seconded by Trustee Zisook, Adoption of City of Highland Park and Moraine Township Temporary Emergency Housing Program. Voting Aye by Roll Call Vote: Supervisor Bassi, Trustees Aguilar, Douglas, Wolfson and Zisook; Voting Nay: none.
  • Highland Park-Highwood Home Child Care Association Scholarships
  • Trustee Douglas moved, seconded by Trustee Aguilar to award $5,000.00 from Youth and Senior Service as emergency funding for scholarships to assist teen clients of Highland Park-Highwood Home Child Care Association with child care expenses. Voting Aye by Roll Call Vote: Supervisor Bassi, Trustees Aguilar, Douglas, Wolfson and Zisook; Voting Nay: none.

Reports

  • Assessor's Report Cynthia Plouché
  • No report.

  • Supervisor's Report Anne Flanigan Bassi
    • Supervisor Bassi is working with Officer Jon Loman of City of Highland Park Police Department to assist the homeless that need transportation during non-business hours. The Township has provided the Police Department with Metra cards, McDonalds cards, taxi coupons, and petty cash for emergency transportation needs after business hours.
    • Moraine Township has nine Certified Application Counselors who have completed their license renewals and are ready to assist residents with health insurance enrollment at the Township during Open Enrollment, November 1, 2015 through January 31, 2016.
    • Supervisor Bassi and General Assistance Manager Paula Peddle met with Amy Kaufman, Director of Community Relations and Development, and Kim Ulbrich, the new Executive Director of Community Partners for Affordable Housing (CPAH).
    • Supervisor Bassi and Trustee Zisook made a presentation to the Northshore School District 112 School Board about community efforts to address food insecurity.
    • Donna Novikas will be Site Coordinator at for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.
    • Trustees were given cash balance statements for the quarter ending September 30.
    • Supervisor Bassi had a conversation with Lisa Adelmund from Highland Park Community Nursery School and Day Care Center about their state funding issues.
    • The Township is now offering quality of life transportation as part of our door-to-door van service. Between 2:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m., riders can schedule van services for trips such as shopping and the beauty shop.


  • Latino Advisory Committee Report
  • No report.

  • Food Insecurity Issues Report
  • No report.

  • Food Pantry Report Anne Flanigan Bassi
  • The food pantry has been very busy. The Township would not be able to meet the needs of our clients without the donated food from local supermarkets and 30+ volunteers.

  • Pantry Plants Garden Report
  • No report.

  • Senior Services Task Force Report
  • No report.

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

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

  • Human Relations Commission Report
  • No report.

  • Cemetery Report Cindy Wolfson
  • Day lilies have been cleaned up at Daggitt Cemetery. Trustees were shown a picture of the newly installed sign. At Mooney Cemetery, 22 posts from the fence have been repaired, and the sign will be installed next week. Next year, both cemeteries require substantial repair to sinking headstones.

Old Business
None.

New Business

  • Employee Handbook
  • The Employee Handbook was last adopted in June, 2006. Supervisor Bassi has drafted a new Handbook, and associated updated employee policies. The documents will be reviewed by Labor Attorney Burt Reiter.
  • Levy
  • The upcoming Township levy was discussed and possible cost needs for the Fiscal Year April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017. Supervisor Bassi will make a 2015 Levy recommendation at the November 12 Board Meeting.

Executive Session Pursuant to 5 ILCS 120(c)(11) Pending Litigation
Trustee Douglas moved, seconded by Trustee Zisook to enter into Executive Session, pursuant to 5 ILCS 120 (c)(11) Pending or Threatened Litigation. Voting Aye by Roll Call Vote: Supervisor Bassi, Trustees Aguilar, Douglas, Wolfson, and Zisook; Voting Nay: none.

Executive Session was called to order at 7:59 p.m.

The Board Meeting resumed at 8:14 pm

Adjournment
With no further business to conduct, Trustee Douglas moved, seconded by Trustee Aguilar, the meeting be adjourned at 8:15 p.m. The motion passed unanimously by voice vote.

Respectfully submitted,

_______________________
Gail Feiger Brown, Moraine Township Clerk

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