May 10, 2022 Approved Minutes



Clerk DaToya Burtin-Cox called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m. and the meeting was conducted electronically. On the call of the roll the following participated: Trustees Margaret Trybus, Ade Onayemi, Tim Thomas, Eric Davis; Clerk, DaToya Burtin-Cox; Township Manager, Gavin Morgan, and Township Attorney, John Garofalo.  Also in attendance:  Cheryl Potts, Executive Director of CMHB.



None available


Trustee M Trybus moved to approve the Township Minutes from April 26, 2022, Board Meeting with correction of IMFR to IMRF.  Motion was seconded by Trustee Ade
Onayemi.  Trustees asked to postpone a vote on the Consent Agenda until a corrected copy of the Bills are provided to them.

After Bills for the period of April 16, 2022, through April 29. 2022, were provided, the Trustees had the following questions:

  • Trustee E Davis inquired about PACTT
    • Executive Director Potts explained that this line item refers to an organization that services autistic individuals and They were provided a grant.


Following this discussion, the Motion was revisited, and the Trustees voted unanimously to accept the Consent Agenda with changes to the Minutes.


Prevention services Intergovernmental Agreement

  • Manager Morgan indicated that the River Forest Township agreed to budget for a financial commitment up to $10,000. OPT will provide quarterly invoices to RF based on actual expenses.
  • Trustee M Trybus made a motion to accept the Prevention Service IGA. Trustee T Thomas seconded the motion.  The Trustees unanimously passed the motion.

Mental Health Month Resolution [2022-03]

  • Director Potts indicated that Mental Health Month is important because
    • There is an increased rate of mental health issues due to COVID
    • OPT community values mental health
    • 50th Anniversary of CMHB is in May of 2023

Trustee E Davis motioned to accept the resolution.  Trustee M Trybus seconded the motion.  The motion passed unanimously.


Community Mental Health Board Budget

  • Maintains Administrative costs at 20% of operation budget
  • CMHB fund balance will be 2.5 – 3 months of budgeted expenditures
  • CMHB contributed 1 million dollars to the PDOP Community Recreation Center
    • Final payment will be in June 2022
  • FY2024 will have a neutral operations budget
    • There will be rent savings due to the CMHB moving into the Community Recreation Center
  • Page 5 of budget should show the Capital outlay amount as $806,553
  • $600,000 payment to REC Center was made in April 2021 and was part of the FY 2022 budget
    • Another $200,000 was paid in FY2022
  • FY 2022
    • $100,603 under spent for actual expenses due to COVID
    • CMHB allowed for reallocation
  • Expenses related to grants is the bulk of the CMHB expenditures
  • CMHB will see increased costs related to office supplies and professional development due to return to office

Capital Budget

  • Manager is getting final number for the following projects:
    • Roofs
    • Bus
    • Software
    • Windows
    • Tuckpointing
    • Office Space
  • Manager will have solid numbers by 5/24 mtg
  • OPT will publish the numbers for public review
  • Board to approve by 6/28

Branding Update

  • Day in Our Village
    • 6/5/22
    • Branding items will be available
    • Setting up volunteer sheet
      • To be issued by Kim Henry
      • Looking for volunteers to do 2 hour shifts
      • Trustee E Davis indicates that he will close
      • Trustee A Onayemi indicates that he has a prior engagement
    • Partner Launch
      • Board invited and can speak
      • Press Release to go out around 5/20
      • Open House from 11-1


  • Youth Engagement IGA
    • D97 meeting
      • D97 seems to be on board with support
      • D97 will vote on 5/28
      • OP Public Library and Park District have signed on to support
      • Will reach out to Village of OP and RF for support
        • RF Village Board asking for OPT to speak at Board meeting
      • Press Release in Tribune and Wednesday Journal
    • Prevention Service Take Back Day
      • Collected 6 boxes
      • Postpone blood drive due to COVID concerns
    • Senior Services
      • Received accolades from transportation passenger
    • Inquiry into where community service is being performed
      • Manager O’Connor indicated that participates participate with Holiday baskets and Prevention Services assists with employment and resume building


CMHB (Trustee Trybus)

-           Working on needs assessment

-           meeting next week – 5/19/22

Youth Services Committee (Trustee Onayemi)

  • May 4th meeting
  • Gave report of IGA to D97 Board
    • Davis was present at presentation
  • In need of space
    • Hygiene closet
      • OPPD looking for space
    • Grants will be discussed in the fall
    • Committee membership
      • Nat is leaving the committee
      • Committee will have 2 vacancies
    • Committee would like to have meeting in-person by the fall
      • Interested in having youth participation from D97, D90 and D200 by the fall

Senior Services (Trustee Thomas)

  • Changed program for Celebration of Senior Week due to rise in COVID numbers

General Assistance

  • Currently processing 55 cases
    • Cases have been steady [at plateau]
    • Numbers are high than 2021


  • Next meeting 5/21 at Brooks Middle School
  • Topic – “Did You Know Oak Park: Government 101”
    • Township Manager, Dir. Potts (CMHB) and Trustee E. Davis will participate in presentation


  • Trustee M Trybus moved to adjourn at 8:31 pm; Trustee A Onayemi 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 conducted in-person and/or electronically among Board members at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 24, 2022 at 7 pm at the Township Office locate at 105 S. Oak Park, Ave, Oak Park, IL.


Respectfully submitted by

and recorded in the office of



DaToya Burtin-Cox, Clerk


Approved:  May 24, 2022