[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Schodack 1-14-1971 by resolution. Section 21-1 amended at time of adoption of Code; see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I. Other amendments noted where applicable.]
There is hereby created, pursuant to § 239-u of the General Municipal Law of the State of New York, a Drug Abuse Prevention Council for the purpose of developing a community program regarding the control of the use of narcotics and dangerous drugs at the local level. Such Council shall direct itself toward accomplishing the following:
Making immediately available to the community basic knowledge acquired in the field of drug use, especially by youth.
Creating a climate in which persons seeking assistance in coping with narcotics and dangerous drug problems can meet, without embarrassment, with responsible individuals or agencies in a position to render assistance.
Authorizing persons approved by the Council to contact and counsel persons within the community suspected of using narcotics and/or dangerous drugs or those persons allegedly having knowledge of such usage.
Cooperating with other Drug Abuse Prevention Councils and with the state and federal narcotics commissions and agencies in bringing local and community trouble areas to their attention.
Developing and implementing community drug abuse prevention programs.
Recruiting, training and utilizing volunteers from the community to serve without charge in its programs.
Such Council shall consist of not less than three nor more than seven members who may be appointed by the Town Board for terms not exceeding three years and shall include at least one clergyman, one attorney and one physician and may, notwithstanding any inconsistent provision of law, include persons under 21 years of age.
The presiding officer or Chairman of the Council shall be designated by the Town Board from among the members so appointed. The Town Board shall have the authority to remove any member of said Council for cause after a public hearing, if requested. A vacancy shall be filled for the unexpired term in the same manner as an original appointment.
The Town Board may provide for compensation to be paid to members of the Council and is also empowered and authorized to make such appropriation as it may see fit for such expenses incurred by the Council. Such Council may appoint such clerks and other employees as it may from time to time require with the approval of the Town Board. The services and expenses of the Council shall not exceed the appropriation that may be made therefor by the Town Board.