In the same week that Maine Township reopened to the public, it is launching a new virtual event called Township Day to be available for viewing starting Saturday, June 20. Maine Township joins other townships throughout Cook County in this virtual event aimed at providing residents and other interested parties with an updated look at the wide range of services and programs offered by this unique form of local government. The overall effort is being coordinated by the Township Officials of Cook County (TOCC) which represents over 30 townships.
Founded in 1850 as the original local government to oversee land disputes, maintain roads and bridges, and provide general assistance to residents, Maine Township is often called “the government closest to the people.” As part of Township Day, a new video and other information will show how services have greatly expanded and programs been added to meet the growing needs of local residents who live in the unincorporated area as well as those who live within one of the five municipalities within the Township borders. To access the video visit https://youtu.be/73wYHZsF2dU.
Maine Township reopened to the public on June 15. Due to the Covid 19 pandemic, all services are now by appointment only to maintain social distancing and limit capacity in Town Hall, 1700 Ballard Rd., Park Ridge. Masks are mandatory for both residents and staff who will be required to observe designated entrances and exits, signs and arrows that will direct traffic.
“I’m so proud of our staff for keeping our township not just running but thriving with creative new remote distanced safe programming for our residents over the past few months,” said Laura J. Morask, Township Supervisor. “But I’m thrilled to have in our first Township Day coincide with the week of our Town Hall re-opening for residents. Thank you as well to all of the fantastic donors who kept our food pantry stocked.”
Township Day will highlight areas such as General Assistance (GA) which aids residents appeals for benefit programs such as LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program). GA is perhaps best known for its active Food Pantry operation. Staff also helps with Medicare, Public Aid, including SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), cash assistance and Medicaid.
Another highlighted area is the Clerk’s Department which helps residents apply for Passports, RTA passes, handicapped parking placards, hunting and fishing licenses, yard waste stickers, notary and MaineLines coupons and much more.
Know someone who needs mental health therapy? MaineStay Youth & Family Services offers telehealth services exclusively during the Covid crisis. Residents can access affordable counseling and psychiatric services via video or phone sessions.
As one of the most active senior programs in the area, MaineStreamers offer virtual programs including Morning Bingo, Comedy & Trivia, Day at the Races and Coffee Talks. In addition to the regular scheduled programs, members can join the virtual exercise programs with instructors from Zumba Gold and Senior Aerobics. Links to various activities such as virtual tours, informative programs, theater, music and cultural programs, health, brain teasers, crafts and puzzles have been posted on the MaineStreamers Activities page.
Maine Township Recovery Connection, a social support program for young adults in recovery from addiction, organizes pop up events for people in recovery to address drug and alcohol abuse that has soared during the Covid 19 crises. Recovery Connection can also help family members find resources for treatment.
The Assessor’s Office sees residents by appointment only including appeals, exemption requests and tax bill questions.
For more information about Township Day and township services/programs, visit www.mainetown.com or call 847-297-2510.