Minutes

of the

Cranbury Township

Municipal Alliance Committee

On Drug Abuse and Alcoholism

Cranbury, New Jersey

Middlesex County

 

November 16, 2006

 

TIME AND PLACE OF MEETING

            The scheduled meeting of the Cranbury Township Municipal Alliance Committee was held on November 16, 2006, in the Library meeting room, 23 North Main Street, in Cranbury Township at 3:15 p.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, Karen Henderson, Fay Kobland, Captain Kahler, Beverly Gerberich, Joan Rue, and Howard Zogott attended the meeting.

 

NON-MEMBERS IN ATTENDANCE

            Wayne Wittman, Township Liaison.

 

STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE MEMBERS IN ATTENDANCE

            Samantha Pinto and Leah Reiss.

 

MINUTES

            The Minutes of the October 28, 2006, meeting were reviewed and approved on a motion by Karen Henderson; seconded by Fay Kobland.  Joan Rue and Howard Zogott abstained.

 

STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE REPORT

            Leah gave Jane a list of requests for JamFest.   

            The student representatives will conduct a survey of the middle school students for movie suggestions for a movie night. 

            Samantha reiterated her request that a dance be held with John Witherspoon School. 

 

CHAIRMAN’S REPORT

            Jane advised that she will be attending a meeting on Monday, November 20, 2006, with the Mayors of Princeton and Princeton Township, Mayor Panconi, Jay Hansen, Wayne Wittman and possibly the Chair of the Princeton Municipal Alliance to discuss topics of mutual interest.  Some items to be discussed include an update on the gang situation and drugs at the High School, students obtaining alcohol at Princeton University, and holding joint activities.

            Fay questioned why Princeton High School refuses to allow a police presence on campus.  Wayne advised that he will raise that question at the November 20th meeting.  Bev feels the Cranbury School Board should question the Princeton School Board regarding same. 

            Jane advised that she has contacted Bergen County for literature on underage drinking and has ordered a video clip from GCADA, which she hopes can be shown at the 5th and 7th grade parent meetings. 

           

POLICE REPORT

            Nothing to report.  Jane feels that Cranbury should be told of problems with Cranbury students at Princeton High School, i.e. arrests for drugs and/or alcohol.  Ed advised that he could probably get that information from the Prosecutor’s office.

 

BUDGET

            The MA reviewed expenditures to date and accepted the budget as presented. 

           

OLD BUSINESS

 

            Senior Education – Twenty-seven people attended today’s presentation on prescription drug abuse.  Jane is looking into more speakers for the spring.

 

            Fun House – A high school night at The Fun House in Hightstown is scheduled for December 15, 2006, 8pm – 10pm.  The event is open to all Cranbury high school students and two guests.  Postcards will be sent out the week after Thanksgiving.  Jane will contact the Hightstown Police Department for coverage. 

 

            Public Announcement Contest – Beverly got approval from the school to hold a contest for the 5th graders to prepare radio clips on underage drinking and the 6th – 8th graders to prepare thirty second public TV announcements.  The local winners will be sent to the State contest.  The Municipal Alliance will provide prizes. 

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

            Jam-Fest – Kristen will contact Circus Time to hold the January 19th date.

 

 

 

DISCUSSION

 

            Wayne Wittman would like the MA to set 3 – 4 goals for 2007 and would like to see the MA brought into the “radar”.  He informed the MA that it has his full support.

 

            Joan provided information on the “See It and Stop It” date abuse program for the possibility of including information in the Township newsletter and as a possible program for next year. 

 

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 November 16, 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.

 

 

 

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                                                                                                Kristen H. Hamilton Secretary