[Adopted 8-15-2017 by Ord. No. 17-21]
There is hereby created and established in the Borough of River Edge a Municipal Alliance Against Substance Abuse Committee. The Committee shall include broad representation from the local community and shall be charged with creating a coalition of community leaders, private citizens, and representatives of public and private education, health and human service agencies who will make a comprehensive and coordinated effort to promote and support drug, alcohol and delinquency prevention and education programs and related activities.
There shall be no limitation on the number of members who may be appointed to the Municipal Alliance Committee; 50% of the members, however, must reside in the municipality; and membership may include but not be limited to the following [N.J.A.C. 17:40-2.4(c)(d)]:
The Borough's public health nurse and/or representative from the River Edge Board of Health.
The Chief of Police or designated representative.
Representative from the River Edge Library Board of Trustees.
River Edge School District Superintendent or Board of Education representative.
Representative of the River Edge Parent-Teacher Organization for each elementary school.
River Dell Regional School District Superintendent or Board of Education representative.
Representative of the River Edge Parent-Teacher Organization for the River Dell Middle School.
Representative of the River Edge Parent-Teacher Organization for the River Dell High School.
A student assistance coordinator.
Representative of youth services organizations.
Representative of local civic associations or volunteer groups.
Representative of local business community/Chamber of Commerce.
Representative of local faith-based organizations.
Representative of public and private organizations involved in the prevention or treatment of alcoholism and drug abuse and/or the regional coalition.
Health and human service agencies/professionals, especially health professionals, including pharmacists, physicians or therapists, etc.
Substance abuse treatment and prevention or representative from a substance abuse treatment organization.
A representative of the senior citizen community.
Individuals who have been impacted by substance abuse, including individuals who have been directly affected by their own, or family members' abuse or addictions.
Private citizens with interest or experience in issues concerning substance abuse.
Any resident or other stakeholder at the discretion of the Mayor or Borough Council.
Appointment of Committee members that are not elected officials or identified as representatives or designees of specific municipal or public entities shall be made by the Mayor with the advice and consent of the Borough Council.
The Borough Administrator or his/her designee shall serve as Alliance Coordinator. The Coordinator is responsible for the administrative duties of the Alliance such as completing required reports and applications for alliance funding, scheduling consults and providing support to the Municipal Alliance Committee.
The terms of office for all Committee members shall be for one year, commencing on January 1 and expiring on December 31 each year.
Appointments to the Committee shall be established by resolution annually. No Committee member shall be limited in the number of successive appointments.
A vacancy on the Committee occurring otherwise than by expiration of the term shall be filled for the balance of the unexpired term in the same manner as an original appointment.
Any member of the Committee may be removed by the Mayor with the advice and consent of Council for cause, on written charges served upon the member and after a hearing thereon at which the member shall be entitled to be heard in person or by counsel.
Members of the Committee shall serve without compensation. If funds are appropriated towards the operation of the Committee, the Mayor and Council may establish guidelines to reimburse members for approved expenses such as attendance at local meetings, conferences and itemized reimbursable expenses as permitted by Borough policy and appropriate statutes.
The Chairperson of the Committee shall be designated by the Mayor and can be chosen from any qualified Committee appointee. A Chairperson shall not be limited in the number of successive appointments.
A Recording/Corresponding Secretary shall be chosen by majority vote of the Committee from the entire membership, excluding elected officials.
The Committee shall conduct its regular meetings in accordance with the Open Public Meetings Act, N.J.S.A. 10:4-6 et seq. Accurate minutes shall be kept on file with the Secretary of the Committee and a copy provided to the Borough Clerk.
The Committee shall annually adopt bylaws and approve an annual calendar of meetings. Committee meetings shall be held regularly and no less frequently than once per month. A quorum shall consist of 50% of the duly appointed members plus one.
The Municipal Alliance Against Substance Abuse Committee, in consultation with the Local (County) Advisory Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, shall identify alcoholism and drug prevention, education and community needs.
The Committee shall implement the Alliance programs formulated pursuant to N.J.S.A. 26:2BB-8.
The Committee may apply for funding through the procedures described in N.J.A.C. 17:40-1.1 et seq.
The Committee shall cooperate with the Governor's Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse and the Alliance Steering Subcommittee of the County Local Advisory Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse to provide municipal data, reports or other information which may be required for the County Alliance Plan or needed to assist the Alliance effort.
The Committee shall be responsible for:
Organizing and coordinating 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, developing comprehensive and effective alcoholism and drug abuse education programs in grades Kindergarten through 12.
In cooperation with local school districts, developing procedures for the intervention, referral to treatment and discipline of students abusing alcohol or drugs.
Developing comprehensive alcoholism and drug abuse education support and outreach efforts for parents in the community.
Developing comprehensive alcoholism and drug abuse community awareness programs.
Creating a network of community leaders, private citizens and representatives of public and private human service agencies who make a comprehensive and coordinated effort to promote and support drug and alcohol prevention and education programs and related activities with an emphasis on youth.
Conducting an assessment of their community to determine the needs of the community in relation to alcoholism and drug abuse issues.
Identifying existing efforts and services acting to reduce alcoholism and drug abuse.
Coordinating projects within the municipality to avoid fragmentation and duplication.
Developing programs to be implemented at the municipal level or participating in regionally developed programs that accomplish the purposes of the Alliance.
The Committee is eligible to solicit and receive DEDR funding (Drug Enforcement and Demand Reduction penalties described by N.J.S.A. 2C:35-15 et seq.) through application to the Governor's Council. Receiving such funds requires that the Committee shall develop a comprehensive plan to provide matching funds as required.
The comprehensive plan for providing matching funds may include, but is not limited to, the following:
The donation of the use of municipal property at a fair market value to the project.
Time, as reflected by salary and wages, of the municipal and private sector employers who perform services in accordance with the project.
Complimentary (public service) advertising on local media, such as newspapers, radio and cable television, above the level of standard public service requirements.
Organized community benefits focused on the Alliance which utilize celebrities, sports figures or experts in the field of addictions who donate their services.
Door-to-door type of fundraising.
Solicitations to business and industry for donations.
Activities to raise funds which have potential for bringing a significant number of community persons together, such as runs, walks, bake sales and car washes.
The donation of printing and other mass reproductions of materials to carry the anti-alcohol and drug abuse message to the community.
The Committee is encouraged to fundraise and may establish a fundraising subcommittee. Such subcommittee shall be created and operated subject to and in accordance with applicable rules, regulations, ordinances and Borough policies.
The Committee shall submit periodic reports, no less than semiannually, to the Borough Council regarding progress in obtaining matching funds and shall include as well a report detailing the progress made on accomplishing the purposes of the grant.
The Alliance Coordinator shall submit to the appropriate authority on forms prescribed detailed and accurate accounts of all expenditures made under the grant and periodic reports of the progress made in accomplishing the purposes of the grant, and, at the end of each fiscal year in which any grant falls, the Township must submit an audited financial statement explaining its use of funds and provide such other information as may be prescribed by the Governor's Council.
The form of the within submissions must be consistent with the requirements of N.J.A.C. 17:40-3.4.
In no event shall any funds from the grant be used to undertake any activity which is not in accordance with the purpose of the grant as approved by the Governor's Council. Funds either raised in excess of the required match or otherwise specifically appropriated by the Borough Council can be used to undertake to advance the objectives of the Committee and consistent with § 100-8E.
This chapter shall take effect immediately upon final passage and publication as required by law.