Moraine Township

January 14, 2016, 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 Dwayne Douglas, Cindy Wolfson and Amy Zisook; Absent: Olga Gomez Aguilar. Also present: Clerk Gail Feiger Brown, Susan Bell (College Bound Opportunities), Amy Skalinder (Angles), Carrie Callas (Family Service of Lake County) and Janet Freed.

Public Comment
There was no comment from the public.

Agency Presentations

  • Susan Bell, College Bound Opportunities (CBO)
  • CBO mentors and supports economically disadvantaged high school students to apply to and graduate from college. The Township was thanked for its grant. 70% of CBO students and 60% of CBO mentors are Township residents. 35 HPHS students will join the program this year. CBO is expanding this year to include Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep in Waukegan. CBO will be the beneficiary of Highland Park High School's 2016 Charity Drive, to be held in February; much of those proceeds will be used to fund two HPHS students in CBO in perpetuity.

  • Gabrielle Rousso, The Art Center (TAC)
  • Due to illness, Ms. Rousso was unable to attend, and has rescheduled her presentation for February 11.

  • Carrie Callas, Family Service of Lake County
  • Family Service provides counseling, education and support services for families and individuals. The Township was thanked for its grant, which helps fund counseling, Nuestro Center, and the Latino Youth Initiative. 68% of Family Service clients are Township residents. Township clients receive 56% of total counseling hours. Family Service employs three bilingual therapists; there is no waitlist for Spanish counseling services. Family Service's location next to the Township creates natural synergies between the two offices, enhancing client services.

  • Amy Skalinder, Anglesstrong (omitted from Agenda in error)
  • Angles provides health care, education and support for teens and young adults. The Township was thanked for its grant funding support for counseling services. Angles serves Northshore School District 112 as their district–wide puberty education provider and Highland Park High School with health education. Angles has seen an increase in counseling clients from the Township.

Approval of Minutes
Trustee Wolfson moved, seconded by Trustee Zisook, approval of the Regular Meeting Minutes of December 10, 2015. The motion passed unanimously by voice vote; Trustee Douglas abstained.

Approval of Bills
Trustee Douglas moved, seconded by Trustee Zisook, Approval of the Bills, December 8, 2015- January 14, 2016: $9,044.29 General Assistance, $28,453.32 Town Fund. Voting Aye by Roll Call Vote: Supervisor Bassi, Trustees Douglas, Wolfson and Zisook; Voting Nay: none.

Action Items

  • Adoption of Political Affiliation Non-Discrimination Policy
  • Trustee Douglas moved, seconded by Trustee Zisook, Adoption of Political Affiliation Non-Discrimination Policy. Voting Aye by Roll Call Vote: Supervisor Bassi, Trustees Douglas, Wolfson and Zisook; Voting Nay: none.


  • Assessor's Report
  • No report.

  • Supervisor's Report Anne Flanigan Bassi
    • Trustees were given Township services reports for the month of December, 2015 and for the 12-month period January-December, 2015. Township services in December, 2015 were up almost 30% over the month of January, 2015.
    • Trustees were given a letter and contract from the Healthcare Foundation of Highland Park awarding Moraine Township $65,000.00 for the Door-to-Door Van Service. The Board concurred that Supervisor Bassi should sign and return the contract.
    • One of the Door-to-Door Van Service drivers has resigned. Staff Paula Peddle and Linda Contreras are both licensed van drivers and will fill in as needed. Supervisor Bassi is investigating hiring a driver for two half-days a week.
    • Welcome to Yolanda Rodriguez, who is working on an hourly basis at the Township office several mornings a week, to assist Staff Contreras with the Food Panty, transportation and answering phones.
    • The Assessor's office has hired a former Deputy Assessor of Waukegan Township on a part-time basis to assist with the quadrennial assessment hearings.
    • The IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program will begin February 1. Supervisor Bassi is holding training workshops for volunteers and drafting and reviewing procedures and checklists. Clients should earn less than $54,000.00 income, regardless of family size, in order to be eligible for the program.
    • Supervisor Bassi, Trustee Wolfson, Staff Contreras and Peddle visited residents at Walnut Place Senior Housing on January 13, brought refreshments and discussed Township services.
    • The Township's auditor, Joe Troyer, has changed firms. Mr. Troyer and his new employer, George Roach, of George Roach Associates, made a presentation to Supervisor Bassi recently. Supervisor Bassi received an engagement letter from the firm, and the offer was favorable. Supervisor Bassi has had conversations with several references which were uniformly positive. George Roach Associates serves other townships and municipalities.
    • Thank you to area real estate brokers, who donated $303 and food for the Food Pantry as proceeds of the new resident breakfast event held in Highland Park.
    • The new Township Employee Handbook took effect on January 1.
    • Thanks to Clerk Brown and Trustee Zisook for a successful winter break bag program.

  • Latino Advisory Committee Report
  • No report.

  • Food Insecurity Issues Report Amy Zisook
  • The winter break bag program was a success; 199 bags of food were picked up by 149 families. The Healthcare Foundation of Highland Park rejected the Township's grant application for program funding. Supervisor Bassi will follow-up to determine if the Township should apply in 2016.

    The Township is holding a food drive in conjunction with the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, with donation transportation assistance from Americorps volunteers. BJBE Mitzvah Day volunteers will sort donations at the Pantry.

  • Food Pantry 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
  • No report.

New Business

  • Trustee Wolfson presented results of a 2015 survey of riders of the Door-to-Door Van Service. 67% of the 37 respondents rated the Township 10 of 10 on satisfaction with the service, timeliness and affordability. Most comments were positive.

Old Business

  • Supervisor Bassi has consulted with Moraine Township Attorney Charles Smith regarding liability insurance held by taxi companies that serve our residents who use taxi coupons provided by the Township and will report back to the Board at a future meeting.

Executive Session
Trustee Wolfson moved, seconded by Trustee Douglas that Executive session be entered into pursuant to 5ILCS 120/2(c)11 to discuss pending or threatened litigation and pursuant to 5 ILCS 120/2(c)(1) to discuss Personnel Matters. Voting Aye by Roll Call Vote: Supervisor Bassi, Trustees Douglas, Wolfson and Zisook; Voting Nay: none.

Executive Session was entered into at 7;40 p.m.

The Board Meeting resumed at 7:54 p.m.

With no further business to conduct, Trustee Zisook moved, seconded by Trustee Wolfson, that 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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