MINUTES OF REGULAR MEETING
January 26, 2017, 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: Clerk Gail Feiger Brown, Assessor Cynthia Plouché, Frank Lomoro (Sunset Foods), Susan Bell and Veronica Accardo (College Bound Opportunities), Jori Rosenblatt (JCYS Champ Camp), and Clyde Jennings (videographer).
There was no comment from the public.
Frank Lomoro, Resolution in Recognition of Sunset Foods
Sunset Foods Vice-President Frank Lomoro was presented with a Resolution in Recognition of Sunset Foods. A copy of the Resolution is attached to the Minutes.
- Susan Bell and Veronica Accardo, College Bound Opportunities (CBO) The Township was thanked for its grant which serves 111 income-qualified Township residents, who comprise over 60% of the students and alumni served by CBO.
- Jori Rosenblatt, JCYS Champ Camp The Township was thanked for its grant which last year served 78 Township residents who comprise 100% of the campers, most on scholarship. The camp is located in Highland Park. Campers are bused from District 112 Summer School and with extended day can remain until 6:30 p.m., to assist working parents. Many counselors are CBO students.
- Kelly Duffy, The Art Center (TAC) Rescheduled for February 7
Approval of Minutes
Trustee Wolfson moved, seconded by Trustee Zisook, approval of the Regular Board Meeting Minutes of January 12, 2017. The motion passed unanimously by voice vote.
Approval of Bills
Trustee Douglas moved, seconded by Trustee Zisook, approval of the Bills for the period January 12-24, 2017 in the following amounts: $6,448.95 General Assistance Fund, $34,870.62 Town Fund. Voting Aye by Roll Call Vote: Supervisor Bassi, Trustees Aguilar, Douglas, Wolfson and Zisook; voting nay: none.
- Acceptance of Healthcare Foundation of Highland Park grant in the amount of $65,000.00 for Door-to-Door Van Service Trustee Zisook moved, seconded by Trustee Aguilar Acceptance of Healthcare Foundation of Highland Park grant of $65,000.00 for Door-to-Door Van Service.
Voting Aye by Roll Call Vote: Supervisor Bassi, Trustees Aguilar, Douglas, Wolfson and Zisook; voting nay: none.
- Assessor's Report Cynthia Plouché
- The final day of appeal hearings is January 27. Decisions will be mailed at the end of February.
- Residents are encouraged to come to the Assessor's office when they turn 65 in order to apply for the senior exemption. Only one member of the household needs to be 65 to qualify.
- Income-qualified seniors can apply for the senior assessment freeze. Taxpayers with modified adjusted income of $55,000.00 or less may qualify.
- The Computer Assisted Mass Appraisal (CAMA) system will be activated for all Lake County townships in 2018.
- The assessor's staff is updating property records to reflect 2016 changes.
- Supervisor's Report Anne Flanigan Bassi
- Supervisor Bassi attended a Highland Park Communicators' luncheon on January 17.
- Supervisor Bassi attended a Lake County Paratransit Marked Study meeting January 18 on transportation. Displays centered on the differences in paratransit options in differing parts of the County.
- Supervisor Bassi, Trustee Zisook, Clerk Brown and Staff Paula Peddle attended a Welfare Council of Highland Park-Highwood meeting on January 24. Jennifer Gong Gershowitz of the Highland Park/Highwood Legal Aid Clinic gave a presentation on immigration issues.
- Supervisor Bassi and Donna Novickas are making final preparations on the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program at the Township. The Township site will open February 4 and continue through April 9. Four sessions will be offered a week for income-qualified taxpayers.
- Elm Place Middle School students have contacted Supervisor Bassi about producing a documentary about the Township Food Pantry for a Northshore School District 112 film festival to be held in May. The students will be filming volunteers involved in all aspects of the Pantry. To protect privacy, they will not be filming clients.
- Supervisor Bassi is signing an engagement letter she received from the auditors. The cost of the audit has increased by $150.00 over the prior fiscal year.
- Supervisor Bassi received a letter from A Safe Place indicating their lack of funding from the State of Illinois.
- The Board has been asked by Catholic Charities to assist with the Champion for Meals 2017 meals-on-wheels distribution event in March.
- Supervisor Bassi received an invitation from Lake County Board Chairman Aaron Lawlor and Lake County State's Attorney Mike Nerheim to attend a Leaders' Summit on Lake County—A Welcoming and Inclusive Community on February 21; Trustee Zisook will be attending to represent the Township.
- Latino Advisory Committee Report No report.
- Food Insecurity Issues Report Amy Zisook Thanks to many volunteers and donors, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service Food Drive resulted in 75 bags of food for the Food Pantry. Supervisor Bassi, Clerk Brown and Staff Debi Gordon also participated. Thanks also to Americorps volunteers, drivers and Congregation BJBE, whose 25 members donated food, helped carry the food to the basement and sort it.
- Food Pantry Report No report.
- Senior Services Task Force Report No report.
- Lake County Coordinated Transportation Services Committee (LCCTSC) Amy Zisook No report.
- Community Family Center (CFC) Report No report.
- Human Relations Commission (HRC) Report Gail Feiger Brown The Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service event was a success. Kudos to new chair Terry Grossberg.
- Cemetery Report No report.
New Business Anne Flanigan Bassi
- Supervisor Bassi and Assessor Plouché will be working on a draft Budget for the FYE 3/31/18. Trustees are asked to inform Supervisor Bassi of any special needs for their portfolios, such as the Food Pantry or Cemeteries.
- The grant program will be discussed at the next Regular Board Meeting. In years following the 2008 recession, the grant distribution amount increased. As the economy improved, the amount was reduced. Last year, in light of State of Illinois funding issues affecting agencies who help the Township provide a safety net for our residents, the budgeted amount remained the same. The discussion will address an appropriate placeholder amount for FY2017-2018 Budget.
- Supervisor Bassi was notified by the Lake County Clerk's office that the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for next year's levy is 2.1% to comply with the property tax cap. It is unlikely to affect the Township but may affect other taxing bodies.
With no further business to conduct, Trustee Douglas moved, seconded by Trustee Wolfson that the meeting be adjourned at 7:48 p.m. The motion passed unanimously by voice vote.
Gail Feiger Brown, Moraine Township Clerk