Moraine Township

January 17, 2019, 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;
Absent: Trustee Dwayne Douglas
Also present: Clerk Gail Feiger Brown, Assessor Mark Lindsay, Bobbie Hinden (Family Focus Highland Park), Carrie Callas (Family Service of Lake County) and Edie Sue Sutker and Jean Rock (Jewish Child and Family Services).

Public Comment
There was no public comment.

Agency Presentation
Bobbie Hinden, Family Focus Highland Park)
The Township was thanked for its grant which supports scholarships for the After School Activities Program (ASAP) and general operating for Right From the Start (RFTS). ASAP provides after school services for North Shore School District 112 students. Moraine Township supports 52 of the 175 participants with scholarships. RFTS provides early childhood development, prenatal and parenting education. 77% of RFTS program participants are Moraine Township residents.

Carrie Callas, Family Service of Lake County
The Township was thanked for its grant which supports the counseling program and the Latino Educational Continuum. 264 Moraine Township residents are served by the counseling program. Payment is on a sliding scale and there is a wait list. 839 Moraine Township residents are served through the Latino Educational Continuum through Nuestro Center, Youth Educational Support and Success and Latino Youth Initiative. 100% of the clientele for Latino Educational Continuum are Moraine Township residents.

Edie Sue Sutker and Jean Rock, Jewish Child and Family Services
The Township was thanked for its grant which supports a clinical counselor two days a week at the Highland Park High School Drop-In Center. 350 students are served through 17 support groups or at individual appointments. There has been an uptick of student usage this year.

Approval of Minutes
Trustee Zisook moved, seconded by Trustee Alvarez, Approval of the December 13, 2018 Regular Board Meeting Minutes. The motion passed unanimously by voice vote.

Approval of Bills
Trustee Wolfson moved, seconded by Trustee , approval of the bills for the period December 12, 2018-January 15, 2019 in the following amounts: $19,395.22 General Assistance Fund, $102,467.77 Town Fund. Voting Aye by Roll Call Vote: Supervisor Bassi, Trustees Alvarez, Wolfson and Zisook; voting Nay: none.


  • Assessor's Report Mark Lindsay
  • The Assessor’s office is experiencing difficulties with the Lake County software transition due to system-wide glitches.

  • Supervisor's Report Anne Flanigan Bassi
    • Trustees were given a service report for September, 2017 through December, 2018. The Door-to-Door Van Service has been very busy.
    • Supervisor Bassi issued a press release and appeared on WCIU Jam morning news program to announce the availability of assistance to unpaid federal workers during the partial shutdown.
    • Thanks to Donna Novickas and Ron Altman for coordinating the VITA program with Supervisor Bassi. The program will be offered February 2 through April 6. Volunteers are undergoing training.
    • Thanks to Deputy Assessor Mark McCraren and Door-to-Door Van Service Driver Matt Jennings for laying the carpet destroyed from the sewer overflow. The Township received Insurance reimbursement for all but the deductible.
    • Thanks to Nick Pulia from Ravinia Festival for his lovely note.
    • Thanks to a holiday grant for our low-income seniors from North Shore Gas, we were able to give a $25.00 grocery gift card to all seniors eligible for LIHEAP.
    • Supervisor Bassi received a lighting proposal of $2,520.00 from Bassett Electric for light fixtures on our building that would light the parking lot.
    • Supervisor Bassi gave Trustees information about educational programs offered by Township Officials of Illinois.
    • Thanks to Clerk Brown and community volunteer Sue Kach for co-chairing the Phyllis Santullano Holiday Drive. This year 614 children received holiday gifts and hats and gloves as needed. Thanks to Sunset Foods and Jewel Foods for selling discounted gift cards that were given to each family. Supervisor Bassi passed around an article about the Holiday Gift Drive that appeared in the Patch.
    • Thanks to videographer Andrew Henderson who is assisting with battery issues to get the video camera working. Taping of Board Meetings will resume in February.
    • The roof is leaking in several places in the office. The roof may need to be replaced next year.
    • Supervisor Basssi is working with HR consultant Bryan Glancy to screen candidates for the part-time bookkeeper and office administrator position.

  • Latino Advisory Committee Report
  • No report

  • Food Insecurity Issues Report Amy Zisook
  • 65 winter break breakfast/lunch bags were picked up by families.

  • Food Pantry Report Anne Flanigan Bassi
    • Thanks to Mary Kappock of the Highland Park Woman’s Club who organized a Pantry tour for their members on January 17 to see the Grab-and-Go refrigerated cases made possible by their donation..
    • Thanks to Modestus Bauer Foundation for their $3,000.00 donation.
    • Thanks to the many generous donors who contributed food during December food drives.

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

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

  • Human Relations Commission (HRC) Report Gail Feiger Brown
  • The HRC will now be called the Human Relations Advisory Group due to the City of Highland Park’s commission restructuring. Clerk Brown will continue as an ex-officio member of the Group. The Group is coordinating the upcoming Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service event at the Highland Park Recreation Center on January 21, at which the Township will conduct a food drive and food sorting project for residents and volunteers.

  • Cemetery Report Cindy Wolfson
  • Trustee Wolfson received two proposals to remove six trees at Daggitt Cemetery and ground out the stumps. Davey Tree Expert Company estimated the cost at $3,000.00. Sergio’s Tree Removal estimated the cost at $1,800.00. A permit for tree removal will be obtained from the City of Highland Park, which waives permit fees for other governmental entities.

Old Business
Citizen Grant Advisory Committee Anne Flanigan Bassi
Supervisor Bassi and Trustees discussed funding priorities and the amount to be aside in the Budget for grants. Supervisor Bassi will use last year’s budget allocation as a placeholder when presenting a draft Budget to the Trustees on February 14.

New Business
Assessor's Budget Mark Lindsay
Assessor Lindsay presented the Assessor’s proposed Budget to Supervisor Bassi and Trustees. Budget based on Supervisor Bassi’s estimates for shared costs. Line items were discussed, specifically those that have increases.

Executive Session

With no further business to conduct, Trustee Alvarez moved, seconded by Trustee Zisook, that the meeting be adjourned at 8:56 p.m. The motion passed unanimously by voice vote.

Respectfully submitted,

Gail Feiger Brown, Moraine Township Clerk

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