Palatine Township held its Annual Town Meeting April 13, 2021
Palatine Township held its Annual Town Meeting April 13, 2021.
This was the 171st annual meeting even though the Township has been in existence for 172 years. The Township did not hold an annual meeting in 2020 due to the state of Illinois shut down. The Annual Town Meeting is held every year on the second Tuesday in April to conduct Township business. Township residents, participating in their local government, are welcome to meet and speak with their Township Officials.
Attendees were presented with the Supervisor's Annual Financial Report and the Road District Treasurer's Annual Report. The evening also included a poignant "In Memoriam" presentation dedicated to Andrew Ostrowski, our beloved Township Bus Driver who passed unexpectedly in 2020. Supervisor Langlotz-Johnson also presented her Annual Video, which detailed the Township's accomplishments for the past year. The Township honored outstanding citizens for their contributions to the community with TOPS and Recognition Awards.
"As a Township, we greatly appreciate the positive efforts that so many contribute to make our community a great one," said Palatine Township Supervisor Sharon Langlotz-Johnson said. "We all look forward to the annual town meeting to recognize those who have gone above and beyond especially in this past difficult year."
An additional highlight of the evening was the presentation ceremony of the 2020 TOPS (Township of Palatine Service) Award to recipients at the Town Meeting. The moderator for the evening was Kathy Millen, and the awards were presented by Township Supervisor Sharon Langlotz-Johnson. The award winners, along with some of their generous actions, are provided below.
Outstanding Individual: Irene Mosias
Irene Mosias is a generous volunteer and donor who began to bring us much-needed bread and bakery items from the local grocery stores. She goes above and beyond to help not only the Township food pantry, but many other pantries and churches that are feeding needy families. This was especially appreciated during the State shutdown.
Outstanding Individual: Kathy Schmuttenmaer
Kathy Schmuttenmaer has been a dedicated volunteer at the Palatine Township Food Pantry since 2013. With the many changes that the Township was mandated to comply with during the state shut down, Kathy stepped up and returned to Palatine Township to continue her committed volunteer work with the Food Pantry. Her dedication contribution of time and effort to the Food Pantry are greatly appreciated.
Outstanding Community Service: Sue Hallsten
Sue Hallsten has been involved in the running f the St. Patrick's Day parade, the Memorial Day Parade and the 4th of July Parade. Sue runs the Adopt-A-Sailor event at Thanksgiving at the American Legion Post 690. She is always volunteering with the Jaycees selling Christmas trees, working booths at various events, and she helps at the American Legion. She is an amazing and an outstanding
Outstanding Community Service: Harmon Basin
Harmon Basin built 15 Raspberry Pi computers for his Eagle Project. He then generously donated all of them to needy families within Palatine Township. Families who could not afford computers received a working computer, monitor, keyboard, mouse and instructions on how to set up their computers.
Outstanding Volunteer Service Organization: The Knights of Columbus
The Knights of Columbus conducted an amazing food drive, working with St. Theresa Church, and collected a very large amount of food for the Food Pantry. They also raised an additional $3,826 that allowed the Food Pantry to purchase food and personal essentials for food pantry families.
Palatine Township Award of Recognition: The Village of Inverness
The Village of Inverness donated a total of $10,000 to the Palatine Township Needy Family Fund. Those donations helped fund the many assistance programs the Township provides to needy families, including the Food Pantry, school supplies, etc.
Palatine Township Award of Recognition: Deer Park World Market
The Deer Park World Market saved the Easter Basket Program in 2020 by their very generous donation of treats and candy. Many of the Easter Basket donors weren't able to assist in the beginning of the state shut down in 2020. Deer Park World Market donated their entire stock of Easter candy, which was used to pack Easter baskets for children. World Market continues to donate to the Food Pantry.
Palatine Township Patriot Award: John Golbeck.
This award is given to an individual or group who has contributed to Palatine Township and the community. John Golbeck was recognized for his lifetime of generosity to the community and for his countless acts of kindness. John organized drives to send supplies to the military in Afghanistan, visited Purple Heart Recipient and other veterans and their families as Santa Clause to bring joy to their families, volunteered for years with the Walter and Connie Payton Foundation collecting hundreds of toys, and sold hundreds of boxes of Girl Scout Cookies delivering them to Yellow Ribbon Support Groups. John has been the Santa at the Palatine Township Adopt-A-Family Program as well. The TOPS Awards were established by Palatine Township in 1999 and the Patriot Award was first given out in 2015.
In addition, Supervisor Sharon Langlotz-Johnson was awarded the Township Of Palatine Recognition Of Service. This was presented to Sharon Langlotz-Johnson Supervisor for service from April 2009-May 2021 by Trustee Bill Pohlman on behalf of the Palatine Township Board and Staff.
For questions, please contact Palatine Township at 847-358-6700. For more information on all of the services and programs provided by the Township, visit palatinetownship-il.gov.