Moraine Township

December 13, 2018, 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 Pablo Alvarez, Dwayne Douglas, Cindy Wolfson and Amy Zisook.
Also present: Clerk Gail Feiger Brown, resident Janet Freed, Veronica Accardo and Susan Bell (College Bound Opportunities), Lisa Adelmund (Highland Park Community Nursery School and Day Care Center), Micky Baer (JCYS Champ Camp), Pam Feinberg (Tri-Con Child Care Center) and videographer Andrew Henderson.

Public Comment
There was no comment from the public.

Agency Presentations

  • Veronica Accardo, College Bound Opportunities (CBO)
  • The Township was thanked for its grant which supported 120 scholars from the Township, both at Highland Park High School and in college, through their mentorship and support programs. More than half of CBO’s 200 mentors, board members and other key volunteers are Moraine Township residents.

  • Micky Baer, JCYS Champ Camp
  • The Township was thanked for its grant which provided scholarships to 70 children at the Camp. 100% of the 74 campers are Moraine Township residents and 90% are low income. Campers receive swimming and tennis instruction, arts and crafts and nutrition classes. Most of the campers come directly from summer school and many stay for after-care, providing working parents with much needed child care.

  • Pam Feinberg, Tri-Con Child Care Center
  • TThe Township was thanked for its grant which supports the scholarship program for 18 students. 29 of their 33 students (90% of the student body) are Moraine Township residents. Tri-Con provides early care and education for children of lower income families.

  • Lisa Adelmund, Highland Park Community Nursery School and Day Care Center
  • The Township was thanked for its grant which funds scholarships for 7 of their students who come from low to moderate income families. 95% of their students are Moraine Township residents. Highland Park Community Nursery School and Day Care Center is facing the challenge of finding a new home. They are currently located at the Karger Center, which has been sold by the City of Highland Park.

Approval of Minutes
Trustee Zisook moved, seconded by Trustee Alvarez, Approval of the October 25, 2018 and November 15, 2018 Regular Board Meeting Minutes. The motion passed unanimously by voice vote.

Approval of Bills
Trustee Douglas moved, seconded by Trustee Wolfson, approval of the bills for the period November 14-December 12, 2018 in the following amounts: $21,320.78 General Assistance Fund, $69,444.59 Town Fund. Voting Aye by Roll Call Vote: Supervisor Bassi, Trustees Alvarez, Douglas, Wolfson and Zisook; voting Nay: none.


  • Assessor's Report
  • No report.

  • Supervisor's Report Anne Flanigan Bassi
    • Trustees were given a service report for August, 2017 through November, 2018.
    • A sewer overflow last week affected the entirety of the back wall of the office. The carpeting was pulled up. A plumber made repairs, followed by a restoration team. Supervisor Bassi has filed an insurance claim.
    • Supervisor Bassi shared with Trustees a heartfelt thank you note from a rider of the Door-to-Door Van Service.
    • The Phyllis Santullano Holiday Gift Drive is underway. The office is filled with gifts and warm weather gear for over 600 children.
    • The Moraine Township street sign has been repaired and is now lit.
    • The newly hired office manager submitted her resignation.
    • Many thanks to Volunteer Coordinator Carol Pomerantz and office staff Rosa Machabanski for their incredible help during this busy time.
    • Thanks to videographer Andrew Henderson.

  • Latino Advisory Committee Report
  • No report.

  • Food Insecurity Issues Report Amy Zisook
  • Winter break breakfast/lunch bags will be packed on December 19.

  • Food Pantry Report Anne Flanigan Bassi
    • Thanks to the Highland Park Women’s Club grant and to the Northern Illinois Food Bank (NIFB) for enabling us to acquire two Grab-and-Go refrigerated cases, one used and one new. NIFB provided the cases at no charge; the Women’s Club grant covered moving and electrical costs.
    • The Food Pantry was featured in a full page story in Full Plate, the NIFB newsletter.
    • Thanks to Highland Park Bank and Trust for sending flyers and emails to their customers asking for food for the Food Pantry.
    • Thanks to Reverend David Perkins and the Highland Park Presbyterian Church for a $2,100.00 donation to the Food Pantry.
    • Thanks to Shari Marcus, Jayla Marcus and Cindy Guerrero for raising $1,965.00 for the Food Pantry at their bake sale.
    • Thanks to Trustee Wolfson, coordinator of the Sunset Foods Fundraiser, which raised $14,055.50. Thanks to the many volunteers who staffed tables throughout the event. Thanks to Sunset Foods, our amazing partner.
    • Thanks to Melissa Kerpel and the Lutz Center for their donation of 31 bags of food from their November 10 Zumba fundraiser. Thanks to Trustee Wolfson for representing Moraine Township at the fundraiser.

  • Lake County Coordinated Transportation Services Committee (LCCTSC)
  • No report.

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

  • Human Relations Commission (HRC) Report
  • No report.

  • Cemetery Report Cindy Wolfson
  • Trustee Wolfson and Donna Novickas attended a meeting of the Highland Park Historical Society on December 11. A discussion was held about a partnership with the Historical Society for the restoration of Daggitt Cemetery. Trustee Wolfson also discussed Daggitt Cemetery landscaping issues with Helen Wildermuth of Stonehugger Cemetery Restoration. Pat Etherington, an arborist with Davey Care of Trees, visited Daggitt Cemetery and made an assessment.

Old Business

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service Amy Zisook
  • Trustee Zisook and Clerk Brown will manage a food drive at the City of Highland Park Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service to be held Monday January 21 at the Highland Park Recreation Center. A group from Congregation BJBE will sort the food that’s brought back to the Pantry.

  • McGovern Flats LLC. Cindy Wolfson
  • McGovern Flats LLC., located east of Moraine Township’s office, has requested relief from the City of Highland Park regarding parking requirements for their residents and guests. Assessor Mark Lindsay and Trustee Wolfson appeared before the City of Highland Park Plan Commission to object to the reduction, given the scarcity of parking in our area. The Plan Commission approved the requested reduction. The matter will now be heard before the Highland Park City Council at a later date.

    New Business

    • Citizen Grant Advisory Committee Anne Flanigan Bassi
    • Supervisor Bassi distributed to Trustees a spreadsheet of recent grants recommended by the Citizen Advisory Grant Committee. Funding priorities and amounts will be discussed by Trustees at the January 17, 2019 Board Meeting.

    Executive Session

    With no further business to conduct, Trustee Douglas moved, seconded by Trustee Alvarez, that the meeting be adjourned at 8:38 p.m. The motion passed unanimously by voice vote.

    Respectfully submitted,

    Gail Feiger Brown, Moraine Township Clerk

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