HOLMDEL — City officials in Holmdel have passed an ordinance that formally codifies a public council that has been in existence for several years.
At a meeting on February 8, township committee members – Mayor Greg Buontempo, Deputy Mayor Prakash Santhana, committee member Cathy Weber, committee member DJ Luccarelli, and committee member Rocco Impreveduto voted ” yes” on a motion to pass an ordinance that establishes a section of the municipal code entitled Municipal Alliance for the Prevention of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse.
City officials said Holmdel had an alliance for several years. They said the order passed Feb. 8 was a formal step to ensure that Holmdel and his alliance complied with the requirements of a grant.
Brian O’Malley, assistant clerk and public information officer for Holmdel, explained that the alliance grant is given to Holmdel by Monmouth County through the Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse . The subsidy mentioned by township officials is for 2022.
“The grant received by the municipal alliance is intended for awareness, education and drug prevention services to residents of Holmdel. This is an annual grant on a five-year cycle. The township provides updates on its program to the Monmouth County Municipal Alliance Coordinator, who plays a role in renewing the grant for the following year,” O’Malley said.
The mission of the alliance “is to provide consultation, programs, training and resources to the community in an effort to prevent and reduce the use and abuse of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs” , according to the order.
Alliance Members will be appointed by the Board of Directors. Membership may include, but is not limited to, the representative appointed by the township committee; the chief of police; the chair of the school board; the superintendent of schools; a student aid coordinator; a representative of the PTA; a representative of the local teachers’ bargaining unit.
And, a representative of the Chamber of Commerce; a representative of the local judicial system; a representative of local civic associations; representatives of local religious groups; people who have been affected by alcoholism and/or drug addiction, including people who have been directly affected by their own abuse or addiction or that of a family member.
Also, union representatives; media representatives; private citizens with an interest or experience in matters concerning alcohol and/or drug abuse; and/or representatives of public and private organizations involved in dealing with alcohol and drug problems.
Alliance members will serve as volunteers.
The alliance will work to create a network of community leaders, private citizens, and representatives of public and private social service agencies who are dedicated to a comprehensive and coordinated effort to promote and support prevention and education programs. in drug and alcohol and related activities, with an emphasis on all ages throughout life development processes, according to the order.
The alliance will also conduct an assessment of its community to determine the needs of the community in relation to substance abuse issues; identify existing efforts and services working to reduce alcohol and drug abuse; and assist the municipality in obtaining funds for alliance programs, in accordance with the ordinance.