Volume 6, Issue #12 | August 5, 2022
Before/Afterschool Scholarship
Program Applications 
are due August 12th and are available here.
Supervisor's Message

As we continue to take advantage of summer in New Trier, the beaches, parks, music festivals of August, it is time for many to turn attention to the upcoming school year. We have seen the impact of inflation in New Trier Township, so I welcome the state tax holiday for back-to-school supplies, technology, equipment, and clothing that began today and runs through August 15th. With the help of township schools and social service agencies, we are distributing 439 back-to-school supply gift cards to residents with demonstrated financial need who would otherwise not be able to adequately start the 2022-2023 school year.  

Moreover, the Township provides assistance to eligible parents/guardians with payment for childcare services provided by licensed daycare before and after school care and/or summer day camp providers. Applications are due next Friday, August 12th for the fall semester. Questions can be directed to Jeanne Winsted Rosser at 847-446-8201. 

And as you clear shelves for the new school year, don’t forget that the township is a repository for Bernie’s Book Bank. We accept children and young adult books during our township hours Monday - Friday 9AM - 5PM. This week, Bernie’s Book Bank truck picked up six hundred books from New Trier residents.
 
Also this week, we had over a dozen recent graduates sign health care power of attorney forms so that a parent or other loved one has access to their medical team in case of an emergency now that they are over 18. Learn more about the importance of such planning by viewing our recent seminar here. We were grateful to North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic staff and volunteer attorneys who assisted with the event. The form they used is linked here for those who wish to complete it without an attorney. Other offerings of NSLAC include monthly appointments at the township to assist with tenant-side housing, immigration, and domestic violence cases and a regular virtual cooking demonstration with staff available in the chat to answer questions about those who are experiencing safety concerns in their intimate relationships.  

New Trier Township is open for Appeals to the Cook County Assessor and our Township Assessor Jan Churchwell and Deputy Assessor Len Shifflett have been diligently working to help residents appeal without them incurring attorney fees. Read information below or see the Assessor web page for forms and ways to expedite help on making your appeal.

And, finally, summer at the Food Pantry has been an important place for those neighbors struggling to bridge the gap for a variety of reasons. With historically low donations over summer, we were so gratified to receive 58 bags of groceries in our first Community Food Drop-Off Day last Friday. In addition, Family Service of Glencoe and the Village of Glencoe will be accepting donations at the Glencoe Village Hall from 9AM-12PM and 1-4PM all next week, August 8 - August 12th.  

As always, if you have ideas or questions, feel free to contact me or join us for an event or meeting. 

With best wishes,

Gail Schnitzer Eisenberg
Township Supervisor
Deadlines and Information
Before/Afterschool Scholarship Program Applications are due August 12th and are available here.

Property Tax Exemption & Property Appeals
The Cook County Assessor's Office 2021 Property Tax Exemption forms are available onlineInformation on the Appeals process is listed below and on the Assessor's page of the website. Contact New Trier Township Assessor Jan Churchwell or Leonard Shifflett for assistance. 847-446-8200; jchurchwell@newtriertownship.com and lshifflett@newtriertownship.com
 
Citizens Utility Board (CUB) will conduct a free review of your gas, electric, and telecom bills to find ways for you to save! Call their toll-free hotline 8AM - 4PM Monday-Friday at 1-800-669-5556 or read more here.

Home Weatherization Repairs may be available for eligible single or multi-dweller homes based on the need and income level. Eligibility and more information is available online at CEDA.

Health Care Coverage for Immigrants 55-64. Eligible undocumented immigrants (or those with under five years citizenship and an annual household income at or below $18,754 for one person; $25,268 for two people) may apply online here or call the ABE Customer Call Center at 1-800-843-6154. 
Property Appeals Deadline is August 19th
All appeals to the Cook County Assessor challenging 2022 re-assessed valuation of New Trier Township properties must be filed on (or before) August 19, 2022.
HOW DOES THE APPEAL PROCESS WORK?
While it is better to file an online appeal, you may file a “paper” appeal using the Assessor’s appeal form.

Paper appeals must be addressed to the Cook County Assessor at the address in the upper left corner of the appeal form and post marked no later than August 19, 2022.

The most common ground for appeal is “lack of uniformity” and is based on the fact that a number of comparable properties are assessed at assessed value per square foot rates (AV/SF) that are lower than the rate used to assess your property. You can also appeal based on "overvaluation" if you purchased the property in the past three years for an amount that is less than the 2022 assessed value or if you have an appraisal that is less than an year old and states a value that is less than the 2022 assessed value.

We are pleased to help you in filing your appeal. Given the large volume of requests we have received, we ask that you communicate with us via email, if possible.
In your e-mail message, state:

  • your name
  • your address of the property (and PIN if you have it)
  • your telephone number

Below are several forms that you might choose to use in filing your appeal.


Paper Appeal form (Document 2)

Sample Appeal form (Document 3) This is a marked-up example as to how to complete the paper appeal.

Appeal Narrative form (Document 4) This form may be used to explain any otherwise unknown facts that affect the value of your property.

Additional Information

  • You may file only one appeal per property.

  • If you file an online appeal, you cannot then file a paper appeal for the same property.

  • The Assessor will mail his decision to you. We do not know when those decisions will be mailed. Sometime after the Assessor certifies his decisions, the Board of Review will take appeals pertaining to 2022 assessment values.

*Please do not call or visit the office during the appeal period as such interactions inevitably slow down the workflow.
Passport Update for Adult (10 Year) Passports
"The Department of State has updated their DS-82 form for adult passport books and cards," according to Township Passport Acceptance Agent and Township Administrator, Lorrecia Pearson.

Renew Your Adult Passport Book or Card
If your your situation resembles the following list and you have already been issued a 10 year adult passport, you must renew by mail with a DS-82 form.
  • Currently have your passport book in your possession
  • Have an undamaged passport book
  • Were issued the passport book when you were age 16 or older
  • Have your current name in your current passport book and it has not been changed (You can submit a marriage certificate or divorce decree to prove name change)
  • Have a passport that was issued in the last 15 years
  • Need to obtain additional pages because your passport book is full (A new book is required. Please check LARGE BOOK on your DS-82 application)
  • 
Passport Processing Times
Please visit Travel.State.gov for the most up to date processing times per the U.S. Department of State.

Passport Photos
  • At this time, we do not take photos for applicants that are not getting a passport processed at the Township. CVS, FedEx, Costco and Phototronics are also good alternatives for passport photo services. Photos must be 2 by 2 inches in size with a white background. Glasses must be removed before photos are taken. You can smile in your photo with an unexaggerated smile with your eyes open.

For information on other passports processed at the township and to schedule an appointment, visit our website.
CALENDAR


AUGUST

8-12 Glencoe Food Drive (See flyer below)

10 Cancer Wellness Center Summer Party 5:30-7PM Join the CWC Community for a day of fun. Come enjoy games, tie dye, snacks and meet the CWC Staff.
The event will include festivities for children and adults so all age groups are welcome!
Tiedying, hopscotch, scavenger hunts, food, and more! For more information, contact Cancer Wellness Center. Register here

10(Virtual) Information Session on YW Culinary 10-11AM Learn more about a free 12-week job training program designed to prepare students for success in Chicagoland’s vibrant food service industry. Register here.


11 (Virtual) Cooking Demonstration with Baker Tracey Sachs (with domestic violence questions answered in the chat) 1-2PM Join the event here. For almost 30 years, Sachs has been creating delicious goodies. Together we can have a lot of fun creating something simple in Tracey's baking space.
(Flyer above)



12 Township Board of Trustees Meeting 7:30PM at New Trier Township, Alan Goldberg Community & Conference Room. 739 Elm Street, Winnetka. Agenda here.

16 Tuesday Club Annual Picnic  Join NSSC's Tuesday Club for their annual summertime picnic celebration! Featuring outdoor games, buffet luncheon, door & game prizes, and more. $5 for members, $10 for non-members. Tuesday, August 16 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Kenilworth Assembly Hall Park. Register here

17 (Virtual) Free Legal Aid Clinic* for Domestic Violence, Immigration, and tenant-side Housing matters by appointment. 10AM - Noon. Provided by the North Suburban Legal Aid ClinicThird Wednesday of each month. Appointments are required and can be made here or by calling the Township at 847-446-8202, or the Clinic at 847-737-4042.

17(Virtual) Information Session on YW Culinary 10-11AM Learn more about a free 12-week job training program designed to prepare students for success in Chicagoland’s vibrant food service industry. Register here.

22 Memory Café Senior Stompers & Dementia Resources Fair – those living with memory loss and their caregivers are invited to enjoy a show by NSSC’s own legendary music group, followed by a reception in the Atrium with representatives and information on dementia resources in the community. Monday, August 22 at 1 p.m. at NSSC (161 Northfield Road). See the Memory Café flyer here
27/28 Winnetka Children's Theatre Auditions for children grades 4-8.(flyer below)
(ALL MONTH) Passions Project Art Exhibit – photographer Heidi Wagner explores the power of photography in changing the social perception of aging through The Passions Project by capturing the essence of older adults doing what they love – from cooking to sports to music and more. North Shore Senior Center now proudly has her work on display in our gallery, open through August 31 at our Northfield location (161 Northfield Road). Learn more here

 * Be advised that for immigration and housing matters, clients using the services should fall at 250% of the federal poverty income guidelines (there are no income limits for domestic violence) Mark your March 16th is next month's Legal Aid Clinic. Click here to reserve an appointment slot. Spaces are limited.

Technology Assistance Lab for Seniors
North Shore Senior Center volunteer tech experts can help with any technology issues or questions with your smartphones, laptops, etc. Every Friday from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at NSSC (161 Northfield Road) in the Katarski Room. Free! For more information, call 847-784-6000. Register here
For continuing discussions about trauma and for answering difficult questions, below are some helpful resources:
Openings on Township Committees
for Community Volunteers
Have you ever wondered how New Trier Township spends your tax dollars? Rather than operate its own services, for the most part the Township allocates a significant portion of its budget to non-profit agencies that serve the community. The Township funds 36 community based agencies that operate 51 programs. These agencies submit annual grant requests to the Township that are reviewed by one of three Township Committees. They are:

Mental Health Funding and Oversight Committee
Disability Support Funding and Oversight Committee
Life-stages Funding and Oversight Committee   
 
We are currently looking for additional committee members on all three of these committees. Members review the grant application, participate in funding hearings and make recommendations to our Township board regarding the level of funding.

Throughout the year each member is assigned as a liaison to a Township funded agency. It’s an excellent way to learn about the needs in your community, familiarize yourself with the non-profit agencies in the area and work with a group of adults in the decision-making process.

Committees meet monthly in the evenings, but during October and November they meet more often. They are off in January, July and August. Committee members are expected to read the grant proposals, work with other committee members in reviewing agency performance, and do an agency site visit. Members can serve up to six years on a committee. Community Services Administrator Brian Leverenz staffs the committee and if you have questions you can contact him at 847-446-8203. You can download an application here. Get involved in your community today in this unique volunteer opportunity.
 
Learn more about the Advisory Committees here. Submit an application here.
Youth Activities Spotlight
Children's Theatre of Winnetka, located inside the Winnetka Community House, is looking to expand their recruitment of area youth! Take a look here for details: www.childrenstheatrewinnetka.com. If cost is a consideration, keep in mind that scholarships are available for stuents who would like to participate, but have financial concerns holding them back.
Volunteer Hours in the Food Pantry. Our "pantry pals" spend two hours per week at the Township Food Pantry at 739 Elm Street.Contact Brian Leverenz, Food Pantry coordinator with your time availability and for more details: 847-446-8203 or emailto: bleverenz@newtriertownship.org.
CONNECT WITH YOUR TOWNSHIP OFFICIALS
Residents of New Trier Township are welcomed and encouraged to contact
your representatives about the things that matter to you as we work alongside one another with the motto Caring in Action.

Township Board of Trustee meetings are held the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 739 Elm Street in Winnetka. The next meeting is July 12th . Residents are invited to attend the meetings at the 2nd Floor Alan Goldberg Community and Conference Room.
 
Our Meeting Schedule is available here. Meeting Agenda is available here.
  • New Trier Township Officials
Gail Schnitzer Eisenberg, Supervisor

Nicole Capretta, Clerk

Jan Churchwell, Assessor

Katherine Casale MacNally, Trustee

Stefan Mozer, Trustee

Elliott Robbins, Trustee

Danielle Ruben, Trustee