[HISTORY: Adopted by Township Council of the Township of Old Bridge 12-8-2014 by Ord. No. 2014-20. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Administration of government — See Ch. 5.
The Old Bridge Municipal Alliance Committee ("Alliance Committee") is hereby reestablished.
The membership of the Alliance Committee shall include broad representation of no fewer than 20 persons from the Township.
Membership may include, but shall not be limited to: a Mayoral representative; the Chief of Police or his/her representative; the President of the School Board or his/her representative; the Superintendent of Schools or his/her representative; a student assistance coordinator; a representative from each of the Parent Teacher Associations; a representative of the Chamber of Commerce, including, but not limited to, local business and industry representatives; a Municipal Court judge or a representative of the court system; representatives of local civic associations; representatives of local mental health agencies and local treatment and prevention providers; a representative of local religious groups; and private citizens, including youth representatives and youth and adults recovering from drug and/or alcoholic abuse.
Members shall be appointed by the Mayor for alternately arranged terms of one to three years. The Mayor shall approve of the Chairperson, Vice Chairperson and Secretary selected by the Alliance Committee from among its members each to serve for one calendar year.
Regular meetings shall be held with a calendar of meetings established in advance. A quorum consisting of a majority of the full Alliance Committee is required for decisions. Minutes shall be taken to serve as a record.
Standing and ad hoc committees may be established as needed.
By-laws shall be maintained and updated as needed.
The purposes of the Alliance Committee are to:
Organize and coordinate efforts involving schools, law enforcement, business groups and other community organizations for the purpose of reducing alcoholism and drug abuse.
In cooperation with local school districts, develop comprehensive and effective alcoholism and drug abuse education programs in grades Kindergarten through 12.
In cooperation with local school districts, develop procedures for the intervention, treatment-referral and discipline of students abusing alcohol and drugs.
Develop comprehensive alcoholism and drug abuse education, support and outreach efforts for parents in the community.
Develop comprehensive alcoholism and drug abuse community awareness programs.
The functions of the Alliance Committee shall include, but not be limited to:
Creating a network of community leaders, private citizens, and representatives from public and private human service agencies who are dedicated to a comprehensive and coordinated effort to promote and support drug alcohol prevention and education programs and related activities with an emphasis on youth.
Conducting an assessment of the Township to determine the needs of the Township in relation to alcoholism and drug abuse issues.
Identifying existing efforts and services acting to reduce alcoholism and drug abuse.
Coordinating projects within the Township to avoid fragmentation and duplication.
Developing programs and/or projects to be implemented at the Township level or participate in regionally developed programs that accomplish the purpose of the Alliance Committee.
Assisting the Township in acquiring funds for Alliance programs.
Cooperating with the Governor's Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse and the County Local Advisory Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Alliance Steering Subcommittee to provide municipal data, reports or other information which may be required for the County Annual Alliance Plan or needed to assist the Alliance effort.
Reporting to the Old Bridge Township Council on a quarter-annual basis.
Since cooperative relationships are necessary to effectively develop the Alliance Committee, in order to maximize coordination and avoid duplication of efforts, and to assure effective use of resources including volunteers and funds, the Alliance Committee shall determine how to best work with and/or join municipal groups such as drug and alcohol task forces, municipal youth services commissions, youth task forces or other groups compatible with the purposes and functions of the Alliance Committee. These interrelationships may involve shared memberships, joint subcommittees or joined groups.
The Alliance Committee may apply for mandatory Drug Enforcement and Demand Reduction (DEDR) funds through the request for proposal process initiated annually through the County Local Advisory Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Alliance Steering Subcommittee.
The Old Bridge Township Council hereby finds that it should establish a Youth Teen Alliance Committee in order to address requests by Old Bridge Township teens for organized supervised drug-and-alcohol-free activities within Old Bridge Township and in order to provide a continuity of activities and programs from year to year as well as to provide an adult base of support and guidance for teen activities throughout the Township.
The functions of the Teen Alliance Committee shall include, but not be limited to:
Holding monthly meetings to assess the needs of the youth of the Township.
Planning, and implementing supervised, organized drug-and-alcohol-free activities and programs to meet the needs of the youth of the Township.
Involving a cross-section of the high school-aged youth from the entire Township population in the planning and implementation of the activities of the Teen Alliance Committee.
Promoting positive interaction between students and all segments of the Township through social service activities.
Providing a clearing house for ideas, inspiration and action to all segments of the Township's population in an effort to make the teens of the Township more involved in drug/alcohol/other drugs abuse prevention efforts.