Minutes – Shields Township Board of Trustees
STATE OF ILLINOIS, )
Lake County, ) SS.
Town of Shields )
THE TOWN BOARD OF SHIELDS TOWNSHIP met at the Shields Township Office for
a Special Meeting on May 27, 2009 at 6:30 p.m., as previously agreed at the Board’s monthly meeting on
PRESENT: Gale Strenger Wayne Supervisor
David Barkhausen Town Clerk
Alan Adams Town Trustee
Lynn Baehr Town Trustee
Laura Carney Town Trustee
Mary Woodson Town Trustee
I. Meeting Called to Order
Supervisor Strenger Wayne called the meeting to order at 6:33 p.m.
II. Pledge of Allegiance
Supervisor Strenger Wayne opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance.
III. Old Business
A. Discussion and Motion to approve funding for the Summer Youth Employment Program
Supervisor Strenger Wayne mentioned that other organizations had been contacted about the possibility of
helping to fund the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) that had been discussed at the May
monthly board meeting the previous week. She also noted that Trustee Carney had talked to
representatives of the Lake County Community Foundation about possible assistance. Such support had
not materialized so far, she said, and was unlikely to be forthcoming in the limited time available. Trustee
Carney concurred in this assessment of the situation.
Township social worker, Devon Nelson, repeated some of the background of the SYEP that she had
provided at the monthly board meeting – that there were fifteen students involved in the program last
summer, that they are paid $7.75/hour, that former Supervisor Fitzgerald screened the eleven participants
who have received confirmation of their participation in the program this year, that virtually all of the
participants come from poverty-level families, and that program is scheduled to start June 15th.
Trustee Adams asked about the tasks that the students perform. Ms. Nelson said that those working for
the North Chicago Park District have been junior youth camp counselors. Others working for the school
district have done janitorial work, answered the telephone, and helped out in the school warehouse, Those
working at the North Chicago Library have stored books. Two have worked for the Shields Township
Trustee Woodson asked about the criteria for selecting the participants. Ms. Nelson again said that they
come from low income families, typically with incomes below $35,000. Several of them have a record of
previous successful participation in the program.
Trustee Carney asked if the confirmation letters to the participants mentioned the pay scale and whether
additional students had been notified about their participation in the program. Ms. Nelson said that the
rate of pay had been mentioned but that no confirmation letters had been sent to more than the eleven
students so far.
Trustee Baehr asked why the program went forward before the new Board had a chance to discuss it.
Supervisor Strenger Wayne explained that there was an assumption that the program would proceed
because it was in the budget and that there was really no time after the new Board took office to consider
Trustee Woodson said that in light of the fact that the money for the program has been budgeted and that
confirmation of participation in the program has been provided to eleven students, she wished to make a.
motion to approve the program for these eleven children who have been so notified, which motion was
seconded by Trustee Adams.
Trustee Carney asked about the possible expectations of the additional four students and what had been
said to them. Supervisor Strenger Wayne asked if the other four had been interviewed, and Devon Nelson
said they had not. With the understanding that the Board was just voting on the approval of the program
for the eleven students who had received confirmation of their participation, the previous motion was
approved 5-0 on a roll call vote.
IV. New Business
A. E-mail addresses
Supervisor Strenger Wayne recommended the use of Shields Township-related e-mail addresses for all
Township officials. She said she has arranged for an address for herself and noted that the addresses
could be set up to forward e-mails to the officials’ preferred e-mail addresses. There was general
agreement that this was a good idea. Trustee Baehr suggested that there be uniformity in the format of the
addresses, such as the initial of first name, then last name, followed by shieldstownship.com.
B. Budget Workshop
Supervisor Stenger Wayne recommended a budget workshop to discuss budget details with office
manager Arona Landsman to put the Board in a better position to determine priorities. After some
discussion about the timing of such a meeting, it was agreed to hold it at 4:00 p.m. before the regular 6:30
p.m. monthly board meeting on June 18th.
C. Personnel Issues
Trustee Adams told the Board that he had agreed to accept an exciting new position as legal counsel with
a technology company in California and that this change will require his resignation from the Board
effective July 1st. He expressed his regret at having to leave the Board, as he said he had looked forward
to the challenge and opportunity of serving as a trustee. He suggested looking for the best candidate for
his replacement and an open process to do so.
Supervisor Strenger Wayne said she had consulted Township attorney, Richard Cowen, who, she said,
recommended a process that had been used in the past whereby the Board requests cover letters and
resumés from those interested in the position and then interviews the candidates and discusses them in
executive session. She suggested a press release to notify the public that the Board is seeking applications
for the position and a due date for such applications of June 10th. The Board would then have 60 days to
fill the vacancy. There was general agreement to follow this procedure.
D. Upcoming Events
Supervisor Strenger Wayne mentioned that the YouthBuild graduation ceremony is scheduled for
Thursday, June 4th at 7:00 p.m. in Building 4 of the VA Medical Center in North Chicago. She also noted
that Mother’s Trust is holding an open house to celebrate their 10th anniversary and to honor the
organization’s founder and former executive director, Barbara Monsor. It will be held on Tuesday, June
9th from 5:30-7:00 p.m. at the Gorton Community Center.
V. Public Comments
Dan Rogers of Knollwood mentioned the history of social service grants based on his service on a Shields
Township trustee before he served as Highway Commissioner. He expressed his opinion that the existing
Summer Youth Employment Program is a good one and voiced a strong preference for having the
Township involved in its own direct social service programs as opposed to providing grants to other
A motion to adjourn by Trustee Adams, seconded by Trustee Woodson, was approved at 7:00 p.m..
David N. Barkhausen, Town Clerk