Municipal Alliance Committee
On Drug Abuse and Alcoholism
Cranbury, New Jersey
September 28, 2006
TIME AND PLACE OF MEETING
The scheduled meeting of the Cranbury Township Municipal Alliance Committee was held on September 28, 2006, in the Library meeting room, 23 North Main Street, in Cranbury Township at 8:15 a.m.
CALL TO ORDER
Chairperson Jane Holland called the session to order and acted as Chairperson thereof, and Kristen H. Hamilton acted as Secretary of the meeting.
STATEMENT OF ADEQUATE NOTICE
Pursuant to the Sunshine Law, adequate notice in accordance with the Open Public Meeting Act (N.J.S.A. 10:4-6) was provided on January 4, 2006, of this meeting’s date, time and place and the agenda was posted on the Township bulletin board, mailed to those requesting personal notice, and filed with the Municipal Clerk.
MEMBERS IN ATTENDANCE
Jane Holland, Colleen Marsh, Karen Henderson, Fay Kobland, Carol Malouf, Joan Rue, Captain Kahler, Nancy Chambers and Howard Zogott attended the meeting.
STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE MEMBERS IN ATTENDANCE
Samantha Pinto and Leah Reiss.
NON-MEMBER IN ATTENDANCE
Beverly Gerberich, Cranbury School Nurse.
The Minutes of the May 25, 2006, meeting were reviewed and approved on a motion by Joan Rue; seconded by Fay Kobland.
Jane advised that the 2006 Governor’s Alliance Summit Workshop is scheduled for October 23, 2006, at the Princeton Hyatt. She will be attending and would like other members to attend.
A rack has been placed in the “Teen Corner” of the library with brochures from NCAAD.
Jane informed the Committee that she has been meeting with Wayne Wittman. Mr. Wittman would like to see events held with Princeton teens. It is Jane’s hope that a meeting will be held with Cranbury, Princeton Township and Princeton Borough to discuss available options. In order to have Mr. Wittman attend a Municipal Alliance meeting, Jane inquired if the Committee would be willing to meet in the late afternoon or evening. It was agreed that the November 16, 2006, meeting would be moved to 3:15 p.m.
Over the summer a facilitator was interviewed to run the boys’ chat groups. A contract should be entered with the Children’s Home Society to run the group beginning in October. The group will now be known as the “Pro Group”.
Jane advised that an informal Monitoring Session was held with Middlesex County on September 20, 2006.
Captain Kahler shared an article which will appear in the Cranbury Newsletter. Between May and September there were 61 arrests in the Township (18 DUI, 5 drug related). 8 were local adults and 1 was a local juvenile. Captain Kahler advised that a lot of parties were held throughout the summer. It is becoming a problem with prescription drugs and other items being stolen during parties. People don’t realize the effects of allowing juveniles to drink on their property.
Jane and Ed met previously and discussed putting together a packet for 8th grade parents outlining concerns to be aware of when entering High School. Carol Malouf suggested sending it with the report cards at the end of the year. Beverly Gerberich agreed to help.
The MA reviewed expenditures to date and accepted the budget as presented.
The 2007 budget is due. Jane will be meeting with Wayne Wittman to discuss the budget some time next week.
Cranbury Day – Some teens filled out questionnaires regarding what events they would like the MA to sponsor. Band nights and movie nights seemed to be the most popular choices.
Senior Education – A speaker on prescription drug abuse has been scheduled for November 16, 2006.
Movies in the Park – The movie scheduled for July 21, 2006, was cancelled due to bad weather. The Large Group Room at Cranbury School is tentatively booked for October 28, 2006, for a Halloween movie. Howard advised that SLiC (Student Library Council) has a movie scheduled for October 27, 2006. It was suggested that the movies be combined. Howard will speak with SLiC regarding same and let Jane know.
Grant Application – The Committee reviewed the grant application which was filed in July.
Nominations – Jane moved to nominate Beverly Gerberich as a member of the Municipal Alliance. A vote was taken and unanimously passed in favor.
Beverly Gerberich showed some of the items which the Municipal Alliance purchased to be used with the drug education programs at Cranbury School.
“Red Ribbon Week” is October 23 – 31. A motion was made by Joan Rue, seconded by Karen Henderson, to spend up to $761.75 to purchase supplies for “Red Ribbon Week”. The vote was unanimous in favor of approval.
The Committee agreed that ideally it would like to sponsor one event per quarter. The band night should be considered an annual event. Joan suggested that Grand Slam or the Fun House be looked into for an activity. Jane will get information.
Jane would like to form a subcommittee to create a brochure and logo. It was suggested that a contest be held for High School students to create the logo. Information about the contest could be included when the mailing is made informing students about the Halloween movie night.
ADJOURNMENT OF MEETING
There being no further business, on motion duly made, seconded, and carried, the meeting was thereupon adjourned.
CERTIFICATE OF SECRETARY
I, undersigned, do hereby certify:
That I am the duly appointed secretary of the Cranbury Township Municipal Alliance Committee on Drug Abuse and Alcoholism; and
That the foregoing minutes of the Municipal Alliance Committee on Drug Abuse and Alcoholism, held on September 28, 2006, consisting of three (3) pages, constitute a true and accurate copy of the minutes of the said meeting.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto subscribed my name of said Committee this day of , 2006.
Kristen H. Hamilton Secretary