Moraine Township

January 28, 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: Dwayne Douglas. Also present: Clerk Gail Feiger Brown, Kim Ulbrich (Community Partners for Affordable Housing), Mary Lou Coyle (Jewish Child and Family Services), Alicia De La Cruz (Open Communities), and Janet Freed.

Public Comment
There was no comment from the public.

Agency Presentations

  • Kim Ulbrich, Community Partners for Affordable Housing (CPAH)
  • The Township was thanked for its grant. CPAH provides access to quality housing that is permanently affordable. This past year CPAH served 130 Highland Park residents and managed six inclusionary units in the Township. CPAH added four permanently affordable apartments, two home ownership units and facilitated two re-sales to income-qualified families in the Township. CPAH supports residents with maintenance and landscaping classes, a match program for home repairs, service days, and finance/budget information.

  • Lisa Adelmund, Highland Park Community Nursery School and Day Care (Community)
  • Ms. Adelmund has rescheduled her presentation for February 11.

  • Mary Lou Coyle and Tami Solo, Jewish Child and Family Services (JCFS)
  • The Township was thanked for its grant which supports two JCFS programs: the Connections Drop-In Center at Highland Park High School, and the Center for Divorcing Families. At the Drop-In Center, the Township helps provide a clinician two days a week. 325 students are served weekly. There are 24 ongoing support groups. The Center for Divorcing Families offers wrap-around services for divorce-related issues for families. 9% of the Center's clients are Township residents.

  • Alicia De La Cruz, Open Communities
  • The Township was thanked for its grant for the Landlord Tenant/Program. Open Communities offers housing counseling services, community education, and advocacy for just and inclusive communities. Open Communities partners with the Highland Park-Highwood Legal Aid Clinic to assist residents with housing issues. In the last 16 months, approximately 100 Township residents received landlord/tenant assistance through one-on-one counseling, intervention, and tenants' rights workshops.

Approval of Minutes
Trustee Aguilar moved, seconded by Trustee Zisook, approval of the Regular Meeting Minutes of January 14, 2016. The motion passed unanimously by voice vote.

Approval of Bills
Trustee Zisook moved, seconded by Trustee Wolfson, Approval of the Bills, January 15- January 28, 2016: $6,537.35 General Assistance, $34,620.32 Town Fund. Voting Aye by Roll Call Vote: Supervisor Bassi, Trustees Aguilar, Wolfson and Zisook; Voting Nay: none.

Action Items

  • Acceptance of Healthcare Foundation Grant of $65,000.00 for Door-to-Door Van Service for Seniors and Disabled
  • Trustee Wolfson moved, seconded by Trustee Aguilar, Acceptance of Healthcare Foundation Grant of $65,000.00 for Door-to-Door Van Service for seniors and disabled residents. 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
    • Yolanda Rodriguez has been hired as a part-time employee to help Tuesday and Thursday mornings with the Food Pantry and reception.
    • The IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program begins February 1. Outreach and publicity are underway. Assistance will be available through April 9.
    • On January 26, Supervisor Bassi, Trustee Wolfson, and Staff Paula Peddle and Linda Contreras visited Peers Senior Housing with refreshments and information about Township services for seniors.
    • Employee dental insurance issues have been resolved.
    • April 6 is Township legislative day in Springfield and all Trustees are invited to attend.
    • Thanks to videographer Clyde Jennings.

  • Latino Advisory Committee Report Olga Gomez Aguilar
  • The Committee met on January 28, prior to the Board Meeting. Discussion items included organizing community information meetings in Spanish regarding the North Shore School District 112 referendum and providing translators for the VITA program.

  • Food Insecurity Issues Report Amy Zisook
  • Work continues on the Spring Break Breakfast/Lunch Food Bag Program. Supervisor Bassi thanked Trustee Zisook for coordinating and organizing a monthly backpack program for a North Shore School District 112 school. Trustee Zisook thanked the community partners that provide the food for their assistance.

  • Food Pantry Report Amy Zisook
  • The Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service Food Drive for the Food Pantry and the Highland Park High School Drop-In Center was successful. Thanks to the Schuler Scholar Program Americorps volunteers, Lesley Singer, Christine Piecher, Leslie Alter, Karen Resin, the North Shore School District 112 Education Fund and Congregation BJBE, along with all the food donors and the children who decorated shopping bags for future donations.

  • Senior Services Task Force Report Cindy Wolfson
  • No report.

  • Lake County Coordinated Transportation Services Committee (LCCTSC) Amy Zisook
  • Trustee Zisook attended the LCCTSC meeting on January 20. A new website for LCCTSC was discussed. Member townships would be responsible for inputting and maintaining their own content.

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

  • Human Relations Commission Report
  • No report.

  • Cemetery Report Cindy Wolfson
    • A burial is scheduled to take place at Mooney Cemetery on January 29.
    • The landscaping budget for tree fertilization, rain gardens and general maintenance has been finalized.
    • A plan is under development for annual repair of gravestones, needed at both Mooney and Daggit Cemeteries.

New Business

Old Business

Executive Session

With no further business to conduct, Trustee Aguilar moved, seconded by Trustee Wolfson, that the meeting be adjourned at 7:53 p.m. The motion passed unanimously by voice vote.

Respectfully submitted,

Gail Feiger Brown, Moraine Township Clerk

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