MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING OF THE OAK PARK TOWNSHIP BOARD OF TRUSTEES HELD TUESDAY, MAY 11, 2021, ELECTRONICALLY CONDUCTED
CALL TO ORDER AND ROLL CALL
Clerk White called the meeting to order at 7:03 p.m. On the call of the roll the following participated: Supervisor Clarmarie Keenan, Trustees Margaret Trybus, Ade Onayemi, is, Michelle Mbekeani, and Clerk Gregory White. Township Manager Gavin Morgan and Attorney John Garofalo also participated in the meeting.
APPROVAL OF CONSENT AGENDA
Trustee Trybus moved to approve the Consent Agenda, including the Minutes of the April 27, 2021 Regular Board of Trustees Meeting, and Township bills for the period April 17, 2021 through May 5, 2021. Trustee Onayemi seconded the motion which passed unanimously.
CONSIDERATION AND APPROVAL OF FY2022 TENTATIVE BUDGET
Manager Morgan and Township Finance Director Lee Howard highlighted several points of the proposed FY22 Budgets, especially regarding projections for the Town, General Assistance and CMHB Funds.
Trustee Trybus then moved to adopt the TENTATIVE BUDGET AND APPROPRIATION ORDINANCE FOR OAK PARK TOWNSHIP, ILLINOIS FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING MARCH 31, 2022, to be taken to Public Hearing on June 22, 2021. Trustee Onayemi seconded the motion which passed unanimously.
APPROVAL OF REOPENING/SAFETY PLAN FOR TOWNSHIP OFFICES
Manager Morgan reviewed the main points and adjustments to the Township Reopening Plan, as discussed at previous meetings in the last year. After discussion, Supervisor Keenan then moved to approve the REOPENING/SAFETY PLAN FOR TOWNSHIP OFFICES. Trustee Trybus seconded the motion which passed unanimously.
APPROVAL OF ADULT PROTECTIVE SERVICES PAY DIFFERENTIAL POLICY
Senior Services Director Pamela Mahn and Manager Morgan reported that the State of Illinois has required face-to-face investigations of Elder Abuse, by Township Adult Protective Services (APS) staff since July 2020. Illinois Department on Aging (IDOA) is providing APS staff $250 per month pay differential and requires a pay differential policy adopted by the Board. Trustee Onayemi then moved to approve the COVID-19 ADULT PROTECTIVE SERVICES PAY DIFFERENTIAL POLICY. Supervisor Keenan seconded the motion which passed unanimously.
PROCLAMATION HONORING TOWNSHIP TRUSTEE MICHELLE MBEKEANI
Manager Morgan read aloud a Proclamation Honoring Township Trustee Michelle Mbekeani for her term of service as a Trustee 2017-2021. The Board commended her for her contributions to the Township and to the community.
Board members discussed Trustee Liaison assignments to Boards and Committees for the next term. A final decision will be made at the May 25 Board Meeting.
Manager Morgan reported on the status of the Reopening Plan, progress on the Township Branding Project, and planning for the Culture and Climate Plan.
Supervisor Keenan recommended that the new Board has an opportune time to explore enhancement of Township services to the community, along with trends in federal and state funding, and Township Fund Balance Policy, to deliver on the Township’s Mission Statement as best we can.
Trustee Eric Davis joined the meeting at 8:20 p.m.
SWEARING IN OF NEWLY ELECTED TOWNSHIP OFFICIALS
Clerk White administered the oath of office to the following officials: Supervisor Clarmarie Keenan, Trustees Eric Davis, Ade Onayemi, Tim Thomas and Margaret Trybus. Clerk White was sworn in earlier in the day by Notary Public Maya Carter. Assessor ElSaffar will be sworn in toward the end of the calendar year in accordance with State Statute.
Trustee Onayemi moved to enter Executive Session at 8:15 p.m. to review Executive Session Minutes. Trustee Trybus seconded the motion which passed unanimously.
The Board returned to open session at 8:29 p.m.
Supervisor Keenan moved to approve the Minutes of the February 11, April 14, April 28, and July 21, 2020 Executive Session Meetings. Trustee Davis seconded the motion which passed unanimously.
Trustee Onayemi moved to open the Executive Session Minutes for public inspection as recommended by the Clerk, and to authorize the Clerk to dispose of recordings of Executive Session Minutes prior to November 2019, in accordance with State Statutes. Trustee Davis seconded the motion which passed unanimously.
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, May 25, 2021, conducted electronically.
Trustee Onayemi moved to adjourn at 8:36 p.m. Trustee Davis seconded the motion which passed unanimously.
Respectfully submitted by
and recorded in the office of
Gregory White, Township Clerk