MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING
December 8, 2016, 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, Farid Mohammed and Neda Nozari (Open Communities), Nora Barquin, Merri Ex and Bobbie Hinden (Family Network), videographer Clyde Jennings, and Pablo Alvarez (Highland Park resident).
There was no comment from the public.
- Farid Mohammed and Neda Nozari, Open Communities Open Communities provides housing services to Township residents. In the last year, 40 Township residents were served on fair housing issues/complaints and landlord/tenant advice including mediation. The Township was thanked for its grant.
- Nora Barquin, Merri Ex, and Bobbie Hinden, Family Network Family Network is a Family Focus Center, offering the Right From the Start Program, the After School Activity Program and the Drop-In Center. 100% of their clients are Township Residents. The Township was thanked for its grant which enables Family Network programs to charge lower fees for income-qualified residents.
Approval of Minutes
Trustee Aguilar moved, seconded by Trustee Wolfson, Approval of the Regular Board Meeting Minutes of October 27, 2016 and November 10, 2016. The motion passed unanimously by voice vote.
Approval of Bills
Trustee Zisook moved, seconded by Trustee Wolfson, Approval of the Bills for the period November 8, 2016 through December 6, 2016 in the following amounts: $13,533.43 General Assistance, $36,964.59 Town Fund. Voting Aye by Roll Call Vote: Supervisor Bassi, Trustees Aguilar, Wolfson and Zisook; Voting nay: none.
- Assessor's Report No report.
- Supervisor's Report Anne Flanigan Bassi
- Monthly service report for November, 2016, and 12-month report December, 2015 to November, 2016 was distributed to the Board.
- Thanks to Clerk Brown who donated her earnings from serving as an early voting election judge to the Food Pantry.
- Thanks to Trustees Wolfson and Zisook, Clerk Brown and community volunteer Sue Kach for their efforts on the Phyllis Santullano Holiday Drive. 615 children were sponsored by individuals, schools, and businesses, and received holiday gifts from their wish lists. Hats, gloves, scarves and socks were also donated and distributed. Thanks also to the Township staff who provided excellent additional support. Thanks also to Sunset Foods and Jewel Foods for selling food cards to the Township at a discount, which were given to families, enabling them to purchase food for their holiday meals.
- Thanks to Trustee Zisook for her work on the Winter Break Breakfast/Lunch Bag program.
- Thanks to the North Suburban YMCA and their partner Toys R Us for their donation of toys that were used to supplement the Holiday Drive gifts.
- Supervisor Bassi has received notice of a tax objection suit against Moraine Township for excess accumulation of funds. The Township does not have excess accumulation. The Board concurred that the Township Attorney Jim Hartman should not offer a settlement.
- Thanks to Trustees Wolfson and Zisook for staffing the office during the office holiday luncheon, which will be held December 12 at Casa de Isaac and Moishe.
- Thanks to the City of Highwood for hosting our Board Meeting.
- Thanks to videographer Clyde Jennings.
- Latino Advisory Committee Report No report.
- Food Insecurity Issues Report Amy Zisook The Winter Break Breakfast/Lunch Bag Program is underway. Child friendly and nutritious food will be provided to families of students who qualify for the Federal Free/Reduced Lunch Program. Bags will be distributed the last two weeks in December.
- Food Pantry Report
- Thanks to Trustee Wolfson for coordinating a successful fundraiser at Sunset Foods December 2, 3 and 4. 52 volunteers handed out flyers for shoppers to circle a donation amount, pay at the register with their purchases and their donations are indicated on their receipts. Thanks also to the twenty members of the Highland Park High School Sophomore Board for their assistance. Thanks to Sunset Foods for their generosity. The money raised is credited to the Township, allowing us to purchase fresh produce for Food Pantry clients throughout the year. $1,800 was raised in cash donations; the credit amount is not yet known.
- Thanks to 210 Restaurant for donating a car load of food and $580 to the Pantry.
- Thanks to the Highland Park Chamber of Commerce for collecting 20 bags of baking supplies for the Pantry at their December 7 gala.
- Thanks to Pastor Hyujae Lee of the Galilee United Methodist Church for holding a food drive for the Pantry.
- Thanks to Guaranteed Rate in Deerfield for holding a food drive for the Pantry.
- Thanks to Sara Hoffman for her donation to the Pantry from a Pampered Chef event she held.
- Thanks to seven year-old Lily Anderson for collecting donations for the Pantry at her birthday party in lieu of presents, and for her donation of food and money.
- Thanks to Pastor David Perkins of the Highland Park Presbyterian Church for their donation of $1,300 to the Pantry.
- Thanks to two generous Township residents for their donations of $1,000 and $2,000 to the Pantry.
- Senior Services Task Force Report No report.
- Lake County Coordinated Transportation Services Committee (LCCTSC) Amy Zisook A consultant will visit each of the member Townships to assess transportation needs.
- Community Family Center (CFC) Report Amy Zisook Supervisor Bassi and Trustee Zisook attended a December 15 reception honoring outgoing CFC President Herb Wander. Trustee Zisook is serving on a leadership committee to find his replacement. The search for a site for CFC continues.
- Human Relations Commission Report No report.
- Cemetery Report Cindy Wolfson
- A "No Dogs" sign has been installed at Mooney Cemetery.
- A veteran was buried at Mooney Cemetery December 2. Military personnel attended.
- Thanks to Larry Sassarossi for setting the flag at Mooney Cemetery to half-staff in memory of Pearl Harbor Day December 7 and John Glenn's passing on December 9.
Old Business Amy Zisook
Trustee Wolfson represented the Township at the November 4 combined Lake County Domestic Violence Council and Lake County Sexual Assault Coordinating Council meeting, and will continue to represent the Township at their semi-annual meetings.
The Township will be holding a food drive at the City of Highland Park Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service January 16. Volunteers and donations are welcome.
With no further business to conduct, Trustee Zisook moved, seconded by Trustee Aguilar, that the meeting be adjourned at 8:10 p.m. The motion passed unanimously by voice vote.
Gail Feiger Brown, Moraine Township Clerk