[Adopted 11-8-1978 as Sec. 2-17 of the Revised General Ordinances]
The Township Committee deems it necessary and appropriate for the social development of the Township of Wall to promote better relations within the community. The Township Committee also finds that alcoholism and drug abuse are important public health and law enforcement problems in our community and the community is desirous of working with the Governor's Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse and the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders in preventing and resolving these problems. In order to address those concerns, the Township Committee wishes to create an advisory body in accordance with the statutory requirements of P.L. 1989, c. 51 (N.J.S.A. 26:2BB-1 et seq.), to provide continuing advice to it and the citizens of this community on matters pertaining to alcoholism and drug abuse and to foster improved relations, communication and community service in the Township.
There is hereby created and established pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40:48-2, a committee to be known as the "Community Relations/Community Alliance Committee of the Township of Wall."
The Committee shall consist of 12 members during the first year and such additional number as may be deemed appropriate and necessary by the Township Committee to effect the purpose of this article.
The Township Committee shall appoint four members for one year, four members for two years and four members for three years, whose terms shall commence retroactively on January 1, 2000. Thereafter, the Township Committee shall appoint or reappoint members for three-year terms.
All of the members shall be residents of the Township, except that one member of the Police Department who is not a resident may be appointed. All members shall be selected on the basis of their qualifications, fitness and desire to fulfill and advance the objectives and purposes of the Committee as defined herein.
The Community Relations/Community Alliance Committee shall annually elect one of its members as Chairman, whose duties shall be to fix meeting dates, conduct the meetings, appoint subcommittees and arrange the activities and functions of the Committee so that they may be accomplished in an orderly and productive fashion.
The Community Relations/Community Alliance Committee shall annually elect one of its members as Cochairman, whose duties are to assist the Chairman in the completion of his or her duties.
The Community Relations/Community Alliance Committee shall annually elect one of its members as secretary, whose duties shall be to record the minutes of all meetings and to receive and transmit all correspondence of the Committee.
The Township Committee shall annually appoint one of its members as the Township Committee's representative to the Community Relations/Community Alliance Committee. The Township Committee shall also annually appoint the Director of the Wall Youth Center to be a full voting member of the Committee, and who shall also act as liaison between the Committee, the Township and the Wall Youth Center and who shall advise the Community Relations/Community Alliance Committee as necessary and appropriate.
All members of the Committee shall serve without compensation.
The Township Committee shall have the discretion, upon recommendation from the Community Relations/Community Alliance Committee, to remove any members appointed to the Committee who are not fulfilling their duties or responsibilities.
The duties of the Committee shall be as follows:
To recommend to the Township Committee programs, improvements and activities which will benefit the Wall Youth Center.
To bring matters of importance and concern regarding the Wall Youth Center to the attention of the Youth Center Director and the Township Committee.
To provide a resource for the community to discuss areas of community concern; to facilitate communication and maintain tranquillity within the community.
To recommend to the Township Committee programs, improvements and activities which will benefit the Township's relations with the community, alleviate areas of community concern and improve the Township's services to its youth.
To act as a liaison between the community and the Township Police Department.
To assist in the organization and coordination of efforts at preventing drug and alcohol abuse involving schools, law enforcement agencies, business groups, and other community organizations.
To serve in an advisory capacity to the local school district and the Township, as they cooperate in the development and implementation of comprehensive and effective drug and alcohol education programs in the local public schools.
To serve in an advisory capacity to the Township and the local school district, as they develop and implement policy, procedures, and programs to address issues of drug and alcohol involvement among students; including intervention, student assistance, counseling and discipline.
To serve in an advisory capacity to the Township as it carries out its role in the development and implementation of programs of drug and alcohol abuse education, prevention and intervention.
To assist in the development of a comprehensive alcoholism and drug abuse community awareness program for this community.
To consult with the Monmouth County Board of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Services, identifying alcoholism and drug abuse prevention, education and intervention needs in the Township.
The Community Relations/Community Alliance Committee shall receive from all Township officials, offices and departments such assistance as may be proper and reasonably necessary to aid the Committee in the performance of its duties.
The Community Relations/Community Alliance Committee shall submit a budget request to the Township Committee which shall appropriate in each annual budget of the Township, such sum as may be determined by the Township Committee to be necessary to accomplish the purposes set forth herein, and to implement those recommendations of the Committee which the Township Committee, in its discretion, deems feasible and appropriate.