Moraine Township

October 27, 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, Dwayne Douglas, Cindy Wolfson and Amy Zisook. Also present: Assessor Cynthia Plouche, Clerk Gail Feiger Brown, videographer Clyde Jennings, Sam Piro, Sandy Washburn, Linda Mihel, Laura Stokes-Gray and Kathleen Lloyd-Jones (Angles), Jane Talesnik (Highland Park/Highwood Home Child Care Association), Peggie Roberts (Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center), and Samantha Devermann (Roti Modern Mediterranean).

Public Comment
There was no comment from the public.

Recognition of Roti Modern Mediterranean
Samantha Devermann, Marketing Manager at Roti, accepted a certificate and thanks from the Township. Roti raised $4,000.00 in donations at the grand opening of their Deerfield location on October 6. Customers received free meals in exchange for donations to the Moraine Township Food Pantry.

Pantry Plants Garden Report: Sam Piro, Sandy Washburn, and Linda Mihel
The garden produced over 268 pounds of produce this summer. Thanks to Sam Piro for over 100 volunteer hours, and to Sandy Washburn and Linda Mihel for 55 volunteer hours. Thanks to the many partners that made this summer a success: Craftwood Lumber, Anton's, Park District of Highland Park, Lake County Health Department, and Friends for Health. Thanks to the many dedicated volunteers and families including Highland Park High School students and 91 year-old Jay Wolf. Thanks to Charla Reinganum, Hilary Reinglass and Robert Lewis for transporting compost from the Township office weekly.

Agency Presentations

  • Laura Stokes-Gray and Kathleen Lloyd-Jones, Angles
  • The Township was thanked for its grant which helped support teen and young adult Township residents who use Angles' clinic and pride program. Angles is in merger discussions with another non-profit, and anticipates continuing to serve Township residents in health education and the pride program.

  • Jane Talesnik, Highland Park/Highwood Home Child Care Association
  • The Township was thanked for its grant which helped provide child care scholarships for Highland Park High School students who are teen parents. The association also licenses and provides support for home child care in Highland Park.

  • Peggie Roberts, Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center
  • The Township was thanked for its grant which helped fund counseling for sexual abuse and assault for Township residents. Moraine Township residents are able to use both the Gurnee and Skokie locations. Zacharias also provides sexual abuse prevention education.

Approval of Minutes
Trustee Zisook moved, seconded by Trustee Aguilar, Approval of the October 10, 2016 Regular Board Meeting Minutes. The motion passed unanimously by voice vote.

Approval of Bills
Trustee Douglas moved, seconded by Trustee Zisook, Approval of the Bills, October 7-24, 2016: $6,360.87 General Assistance, $44,069.33 Town Fund. Voting Aye by Roll Call Vote: Supervisor Bassi, Trustees Aguilar, Douglas, Wolfson and Zisook; Voting Nay: none.


  • Assessor's ReportCynthia Plouche
  • The Assessor's office is in midst of hearings on appeals, which will run into mid-December. Software conversion is pushing things forward. Seniors turning 65 are reminded to come into the office to apply for senior exemptions available to residents where at least one owner is 65 or older.

  • Supervisor's Report Anne Flanigan Bassi
    • Thanks to Trustee Zisook for representing the township at Christ Church in Highland Park on October 16 and informing the members about Township services.
    • Thanks to Trustee Wolfson for coordinating the annual Food Pantry fundraiser at Sunset Foods to be held in December. The credit the Township receives from donations enables us to purchase produce from Sunset Foods throughout the year. Thanks to Sunset Foods for being a generous community partner.
    • Supervisor Bassi attended an adult continuing education program at Family Network on October 19 to discuss Township services.
    • Welcome to Debi Gordon, who is serving as the property manager for the 794-800 Central Avenue property.
    • Thanks to Trustees Aguilar and Wolfson for joining Supervisor Bassi at the Highland Park Community Foundation reception on October 26.
    • The Township was sad to say good bye to our longest employed Door-to-Door van driver Ken Shaw, who is retiring and moving to Georgia. A goodbye luncheon was held at the office on October 26. He will be missed.
    • Thanks to videographer Clyde Jennings.
    • Thanks to Namrita Narula and Seeds of Knowledge for raising almost $9,500.00 at the Empty Bowls fundraiser they held on October 20 at Highland Park High School (HPHS). This community event featured the HPHS Jazz Band, ceramic bowls made by District 112 students, soup, bread and dessert donated by local restaurants, and silent auction items donated by local merchants. Thanks to Trustees Wolfson and Zisook and Clerk Brown for joining Supervisor Bassi at the check-in table as volunteers at the event.
    • Thanks to the Ravinia Business District which will be holding a food drive for the Food Pantry this fall.
    • Thanks to Coldwell Banker, American Legion Post 145, Highland Park Ford/Lincoln, Highland Park Women's Networking Group, and HPHS PTO for providing turkeys, hams, chickens, trimmings and pies for Food Pantry clients' Thanksgiving meals.

  • Latino Advisory Committee Report
  • No report.

  • Food Insecurity Issues Report Amy Zisook
    • A new program was launched this week, providing each District 112 nurse's office with a bag of non-perishable food and information about township services for their students.
    • Supervisor Bassi, Trustee Zisook and Clerk Brown met with the new Oak Terrace Principal Alexandra Escobar on October 19.

  • Food Pantry Report Anne Flanigan Bassi
  • See Supervisor's Report.

  • Senior Services Task Force Report
  • The Southeast Lake County Faith in Action spoke at a program on transitions and housing on October 27.

  • 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
    • A new sign has been ordered for Mooney Cemetery regarding the prohibition of dogs. Dogs are not permitted in Daggitt and Mooney cemeteries. Dog waste has been an issue at Mooney Cemetery.
    • Thanks to Donna Novickas for completing the computer entry of cemetery management records.

Old Business

  • Moraine Township 2017 Regular Meeting Schedule The 2017 Moraine Township Regular Meeting Schedule was approved at the September 8, 2016 Moraine Township Regular Board Meeting. A discussion was held whether to hold all Regular Board Meetings at 7:00 p.m., including the second Thursday of the month meetings, which have been scheduled for 5:30 p.m. in the past. An amended schedule will be presented for adoption at the next meeting, including rescheduling the February 9 meeting which the Clerk is unable to attend.
  • Salaries of Moraine Township Elected Officials A discussion was held regarding setting the salaries for the elected officials for the 2017-2021 term of office. The Supervisor will prepare a resolution for Board approval at the November 10 meeting.
  • Highland Park Resident Fair Trustee Zisook attended a City of Highland Park meeting on October 25 to discuss changes to the New Resident Fair format for 2017. Attendees recommended merging the event into Highland Park Library's how-to event to be held April 30, 2017. The Township has been invited to participate and will share information about services.
  • Reimbursement of Expenses for Officers and Employees A draft Ordinance Establishing the Reimbursement of All Travel, Meal and Lodging Expenses of Officers and Employees in Moraine Township was distributed to Trustees for their review.
  • Levy A discussion was held on the Levy. There was consensus to reduce the Levy by 5% to reflect reduced expenses for Elected Officials compensation, and elimination of rent expense with the purchase of 794-800 Central Avenue, Highland Park. The Levy will be voted on in conjunction with salaries at the November 10 Board Meeting.

New Business

Executive Session

With no further business to conduct, Trustee Wolfson moved, seconded by Trustee Douglas, that the meeting be adjourned at 8:21 p.m. The motion passed unanimously by voice vote.

Respectfully submitted,

Gail Feiger Brown, Moraine Township Clerk

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