March 12, 2019 Approved Minutes
MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING OF THE OAK PARK TOWNSHIP BOARD
OF TRUSTEES HELD TUESDAY, MARCH 12, 2019, AT THE OAK PARK TOWNSHIP
HALL, 105 SOUTH OAK PARK AVENUE, OAK PARK, ILLINOIS
CALL TO ORDER AND ROLL CALL
Supervisor Keenan called the meeting to order at 7:04 p.m. On the call of the roll the
following were present: Supervisor Clarmarie Keenan, Trustees Ade Onayemi, Eric Davis,
Michelle Mbekeani-Wiley and Clerk Gregory White. Township Manager Gavin Morgan and
Attorney John Garofalo were also present. Trustee Margaret Trybus was absent.
APPROVAL OF CONSENT AGENDA
Trustee Onayemi moved to approve the Consent Agenda, including the Minutes of the
February 26, 2019 Regular Board of Trustees Meeting; February 26, 2019 Executive
Session Meeting; and Township bills for the period February 9, 2019 through February 22,
2019. Trustee Mbekeani-Wiley seconded the motion which passed unanimously.
APPROVAL OF HOUSING FORWARD FUNDING REQUEST
Lynda Schueler, Executive Director of Housing Forward, was in attendance to explain the
agency’s request for $25,000 funding from the Township for Sojourner House. This is a
new Interim Housing program to support a vulnerable population in Oak Park who need an
alternative to the PADS Emergency Shelter and a direct path to permanent housing. She
shared information on the residency process, annual budget, and need for such a facility.
Trustee Onayemi then moved to approve funding in the amount of $25,000 to Housing
Forward for the Sojourner House Interim Housing program. Trustee Mbekeani-Wiley
seconded the motion. Trustee Davis moved to amend the motion with the addition:
“…contingent upon a report six months”. Trustee Onayemi seconded the motion which
passed unanimously. The Board then voted unanimously to approve the amended motion.
APPROVAL OF 2019 ANNUAL MEETING AGENDA
Clerk White shared copies of the proposed Agenda for the 2019 Annual Town Meeting
Agenda, as required by statute. Trustee Onayemi moved to approve the AGENDA FOR
THE ANNUAL TOWN MEETING ON APRIL 9, 2019, a copy of which is attached to and
made a part of these minutes. Trustee Mbekani-Wiley seconded the motion, which passed
CMHB BUDGET PRESENTATION
CMHB Executive Director Lisa DeVivo gave a presentation to the Board on the CMHB’s
Budget recommendations for FY2020, which were approved by the CMHB at the last
meeting. She explained the main areas of administration, external contracts for
programs, and other costs and charges. The overall budget reflects a decrease of 4%
from last year’s budget. The Board thanked Ms. DeVivo and the CMHB for their efforts
on the budget preparation.
Manager Morgan also shared a draft of changes to the Township Personnel Policy
comparing the current and proposed practices for employees’ personal time off. Mr.
Morgan requested Board input, questions and comments on the draft, for approval at
the March 26 Board Meeting.
TOWNSHIP MANAGER’S REPORT
Manager Morgan reported that Oak Park Public Library has requested a grant for a
social work program, and the Township has written a letter of support on their
The IPBC rate increases for employee health insurance reflect 1- 1.4% increases,
lower than the 5% projected.
OPRF High School thanked Township Youth Interventionists for their support and
work with student clients.
Township website development cost projections are approximately $6,000.
Three audits were conducted of the Township for IMRF, Workers’ Compensation,
and AgeOptions; all were successful and showed compliance by the Township.
Supervisor Keenan reported the following items to the Board:
Vacancies are upcoming for positions on Township Boards: 4 Youth Services, 1
SCSC, and 1 CMHB. These will be posted online for applicants.
Megan Traficano has been hired as the Youth Services Director and will assume
her duties on March 19.
Political group VOICE recently used the Township site for an information session.
Trustee Onayemi moved to enter Executive Session at 8:40 p.m. to discuss a hiring issue.
Trustee Davis seconded the motion which passed unanimously.
The Board returned to open session at 9:16 p.m.
The next meeting of the Oak Park Township Board of Trustees will be a Regular Board of
Trustees Meeting at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, 2019, at the Oak Park Township Hall,
105 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park, IL.
Trustee Davis moved to adjourn at 9:17 p.m. Trustee Mbeakeani-Wiley seconded the
motion which passed unanimously.
Respectfully submitted by
and recorded in the office of
Gregory White, Township Clerk