[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Union 3-12-2019 by Ord. No. 5630. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The purpose of this chapter is to establish the Mayor's Alliance Against Drug Abuse, whose mission is to provide consultation, programs, training, and resources to the community with the goal of preventing and reducing the use and abuse of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs.
There is hereby established in the Township of Union a permanent committee to be known and designated as the "Mayor's Alliance Against Drug Abuse" (hereinafter referred to as "Alliance"). The Alliance must publish an agenda for each Alliance meeting, adopt bylaws, keep minutes of all Alliance meetings, permit public comment at meetings, and have a quorum of Alliance members for action to be taken by the Alliance; a quorum is 50% of the official Alliance membership plus one.
Membership to the Alliance shall consist of 15 members, which shall formally meet on a monthly, semi-monthly or quarterly basis. Members shall be selected by the Township Committee and shall serve for a period of one year, commencing at the Township Committee's annual reorganization meeting and ending on December 31 of that calendar year.
Membership to the Alliance shall include the following:
The Mayor of the Township Committee.
A member of the Township Committee.
A representative or an employee of the Board of Health.
A representative of the Township Police Department.
Eleven residents or members of the community, including but not limited to clergy, members of the Board of Education or staff, and others.
The responsibilities and powers of the Alliance shall be as follows:
To create a network of community leaders, private citizens, and representatives from public and private human services agencies who are dedicated to a comprehensive and coordinated effort to promote and support drug and alcohol prevention and education programs and related activities with an emphasis on all ages along the developmental life processes.
To conduct an assessment of their community to determine the needs of the community in relation to alcoholism and drug abuse issues.
To identify existing efforts and services acting to reduce alcoholism and drug abuse.
To coordinate projects within the municipality to avoid fragmentation and duplication.
To develop programs to be implemented at the municipal level or participate in regionally developed programs that accomplish the purpose of the Alliance effort and the purpose of the Municipal Alliance Committee.
To assist the municipality in acquiring funds for Alliance programs.
To cooperate with the Governor's Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, the County Local Advisory Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse and the Alliance Steering Subcommittee to provide municipal data, reports or other information which may be required for the County Annual Municipal Alliance Plan or needed to assist the Alliance effort.