Moraine Township

January 25, 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, Cindy Wolfson and Amy Zisook. Trustee Dwayne Douglas joined the meeting at 7:06 p.m.

Also present: Assessor Cynthia Plouché, Clerk Gail Feiger Brown, Administrator Debi Gordon, videographer Clyde Jennings, resident Bill Laegeler, along with Agency presenters Veronica Accardo and Susan Bell (College Bound Opportunities), Nora Barquin and Bobbie Hinden (Family Focus Highland Park, formerly Family Network) and Robbie Boudreau (Southeast Lake County Faith in Action Volunteers).

Public Comment
There was no comment from the public.

Resolution in recognition of Sunset Foods
Trustee Wolfson read the attached Resolution recognizing the many contributions made by Sunset Foods to the Township. Supervisor Bassi and Trustee Wolfson will present the Resolution to Sunset Foods at their office on January 30.

Trustee Douglas joined the meeting at 7:06 p.m.

Agency Presentations

  • Veronica Accardo and Susan Bell, College Bound Opportunities
  • The Township was thanked for its grant which supports 36 Township residents who are high school students; they comprise 60% of the scholars in this college access program. Students join the program at the end of sophomore year of high school and are mentored through college. 100% of the scholars are low income and over 90% are first generation college students. The program has expanded to four other schools but the number of Township scholars has remained constant.

  • Nora Barquin and Bobbie Hinden, Family Focus Highland Park (formerly Family Network)
  • The Township was thanked for its grant which supports the Right from the Start (RFTS) and After School Activities Program (ASAP). 50 students in the ASAP program received scholarship support; all of the participants in the ASAP program are Township residents. 550 Township residents were served by RFTS or 82% of program participants. Low income participants received assistance with early childhood development, prenatal and parenting education and school-age enrichment activities.

  • Robbie Boudreau, Southeast Lake County Faith in Action Volunteers (SLCFIA)
  • The Township was thanked for its grant which supports close to 100 Township residents, who comprise approximately 50% of all participants. SLCFIA assists economically disadvantaged elderly and disabled adults maintain their independence and improve their quality of life. There has been and increased demand for escorted transportation in the Township. 22 Township residents are new to SLFCIA this year. Two new programs have been added: Keep Moving, for seniors living in Highland Park affordable housing, and Transition Home, for residents recently discharged from the hospital or skilled care.

    Staff Lupe Somerville was thanked for her outstanding assistance with Medicaid enrollment and Staff Linda Contreras was thanked for her assistance with transportation.

Approval of Minutes
Trustee Wolfson moved, seconded by Trustee Alvarez, to approve the Regular Board Meeting Minutes of January 11, 2018. The motion passed unanimously by voice vote.

Approval of Bills
Trustee Douglas moved, seconded by Alvarez, approval of the bills for the period January 10-23, 2018 in the following amounts: $10,007.14 General Assistance Fund, $47,543.18 Town Fund. Voting Aye by Roll Call Vote: Supervisor Bassi, Trustees Alvarez, Douglas, Wolfson and Zisook; voting Nay: none.

Action Items

  • Acceptance of Healthcare Foundation of Highland Park Grant of $60,000.00 for Door-to-Door Van Service
  • Trustee Zisook moved, seconded by Trustee Wolfson, Acceptance of Healthcare Foundation of Highland Park Grant of $60,000.00 for Door-to-Door Van Service. Voting Aye by Roll Call Vote: Supervisor Bassi, Trustees Alvarez, Douglas, Wolfson and Zisook; voting Nay: none.

  • Approval of contract with GRA auditors for $5,650.00
  • Trustee Douglas moved, seconded by Trustee Zisook, Approval of contract with GRA auditors for $5,650.00. Voting Aye by Roll Call Vote: Supervisor Bassi, Trustees Alvarez, Douglas, Wolfson and Zisook; voting Nay: none.


  • Assessor's Report Cynthia Plouché
  • Board of Review findings were mailed to residents on January 18. Residents who have not received their letters should contact the Board of Review at 847-377-2100. Residents who wish to appeal the findings need to file their appeals within 30 days.

  • Supervisor's Report Anne Flanigan Bassi
    • Township Attorney Jim Hartman informed Supervisor Bassi that the excess accumulation lawsuit filed against the Township has been withdrawn.
    • Thanks to Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program co-chairs Donna Novickas and Ron Altman for getting the program underway. The program will be offered February 3 to April 7. We have one bilingual assister in Spanish. Supervisor Bassi presented information on the VITA program to the City of Highland Park City Council at its January 22 council meeting.
    • Supervisor Bassi attended the intergovernmental meeting at Highland Park City Hall on January 18.
    • Supervisor Bassi, Trustee Zisook, Clerk Brown and Staff Lupe Somerville attended the January 23 meeting of the Welfare Council of Highland Park/Highwood on the Lake County Mental Health Coalition.
    • Supervisor Bassi, Staff Linda Contreras and Lupe Somervile have completed training to process passports. Clerk Brown and Administrator Gordon are working on their training.

  • Buildout Report Debi Gordon
    • The buildout is in second stage of the permitting process.
    • Interior demolition began on January 24.
    • The City of Highland Park installed the new water meter.
    • There is a leak in the roof which had been repaired in 2016; current repairs will be covered by the warranty.

  • Latino Advisory Committee Report Pablo Alvarez
  • No report.

  • Food Insecurity Issues Report Amy Zisook
  • No report.

  • Food Pantry Report Anne Flanigan Bassi
    • The Click to Equip registry has raised $33,319.00 to date.
    • Thanks to drivers and volunteers for helping collect almost 100 bags of food at the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service event on January 15. Thanks to Congregation BJBE for helping sort the food at the office.

  • Lake County Coordinated Transportation Services Committee (LCCTSC) Amy Zisook
  • Results of market survey have been released and will be refined within the next two months. Supervisor Bassi and Trustee Zisook attend the LCCTSC open house at the Highland Park Police Station on January 25. Weekend and evening service, transportation for seniors and workers, van pools and ride shares, and outreach and publicity were addressed.

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

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

  • Cemetery Report
  • No report.

Old Business

New Business

  • Assessor Proposed Budget Assessor Plouché
  • Assessor Plouché distributed and reviewed with the Supervisor and Trustees the Assessor proposed budget for 2018. A discussion was held about rent, utilities, insurance and information technology. The 2018 budget amount is $503,700.00, which is lower than the 2017 amount of $515,500.00. There are projected savings once the Township offices move out of rental property.

  • Grant allocation Supervisor Bassi
  • Supervisor Bassi and Trustees discussed the amount to be allocated to grants in the 2018 Budget. In 2017, the Township allocated $200,000.00. As the economy has continued to improve, it the Board concurred that $175,000.00 would be allocated for 2018.

  • Meeting Space Availability Supervisor Bassi
  • Supervisor Bassi was contacted by the City of Highland Park about the need for free meeting space for local groups. The Township has no current policy for local groups, but may develop a policy after moving to the new office.

Executive Session

With no further business to conduct, Trustee Douglas moved, seconded by Trustee Alvarez, that the meeting be adjourned at 8:11 p.m. The motion passed unanimously by voice vote.

Respectfully submitted,

Gail Feiger Brown, Moraine Township Clerk

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