Jamestown Prevention Coalition

8/10/11 Meeting Minutes


Present: Gary Cournoyer, Steve Head, Laura Hosley, Melissa Mastrostefano, Stephanie Nocon, Barbara Szepatowski, Debbie Tungett, Andrea vonHohenleiten and Mike White.

Guest: Andrea Brayman

I.                    Call to Order/Welcome/Introductions - Gary called the meeting to order at 6:10 and introductions were done.

II.                  Minutes – Laura presented the minutes from the last meeting. Steph made a motion to accept the minutes as written, Mike seconded the motion, and it passed unanimously.

III.                Treasurer’s Report/Coordinator’s Position  – Laura explained how Stephanie will be taking the Coordinator’s position back in order to maintain her four days per week in Jamestown. Laura will serve as back up. The entire budget is taken up by this with the exception of about $700. Deb made a motion to accept this change, which Andrea seconded. The motion carried unanimously.

IV.                Old Business

A.      Teen Center – Deb reported that about forty students have been attending each day and that some of them have been acting in a disrespectful manner. She said that they sometimes sign up for trips and then don’t show up. At this point the Teen Center hours are 2 – 9 Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and 2 – 10 Fridays and Saturdays. The fact that students stole items from the Craft Fair was discussed. Involving the police, contacting the victim to get a complaint made and involving Bill Piva were all discussed. The group recommended having parent and child meetings with Bill and not Deb and possibly including coalition members if desired. The group felt that the process should be restorative , giving the children both education and consequences. A review of the disciplinary process should be happening. There was also a request for Bill to attend the next coalition meeting.

B.      Student Assistance – Since it is the summer, there was no report. Stephanie still attended the meeting, even though she is officially off J.

C.      Juvenile Hearing Board – Gary reported that there have been no hearings for the past four months. He noted that the Board began officially one year ago last month. Laura passed out copies of the written materials that had been submitted by the youth referred to the Board.

D.      Friends of Jamestown Youth – Jamestown Day is scheduled for September 9, with the 16th as a rain-date. There will be a speaker series every month for the youth. Parent orientation is scheduled for September 1 and 21 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. The history of the Teen Center will be discussed as well as expectations. It may be mandatory.

E.       Municipal Court/Policies – The ordinance requiring tobacco products to be kept behind the counter is being considered at by the Town Council. There were new tobacco products discovered by Angela Deneault, so she sent officers to check the convenience stores; none were found.

F.       Activity/Grant Reports – The Tobacco grant from the Department of Health was not approved. They just sent the letter and it was supposed to start May 1. We had a lot of summer programs in it, which may be part of the reason that it wasn’t approved. Also, they were cut by 50% this year ($300,000), which may be an even bigger reason.

V.                  New Business

A.      Countdown2Drive – This program, presented to Laura, Andrea and Debbie by Angela Deneault, focuses on middle school youth and being a good passenger. Kathy will make it mandatory for eighth graders and their parent(s) to attend. The PTO will provide food so it can be another of the successful dinner conversations that the school has had in the past. They are looking at the third week in October. Laura, Barbara and Melissa volunteered to be facilitators if needed. Angela should be contacted by a reporter to have an article in the Press.

B.      By-Laws – Laura couldn’t find the papers so it was postponed until the next meeting.

C.      Upcoming Events/Programs – Jamestown Day!

D.      Other – The group talked about a nighttime curfew that some communities have, such as in West Virginia, where it is 9:30 p.m. Steve talked about how classical music will clear people out if there is an unruly crowd.  Andrea made a motion to accept Andrea Brayman as a new member. Mike seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

VI.                Next Meeting – The next meeting was scheduled for Wednesday, September 21 at 7:30 p.m., after the Teen Center orientation scheduled for 6 p.m. It is hoped that the members would attend the orientation to lend their support for Deb and the program.

VII.              Adjournment – The meeting was adjourned at 7:27 with a motion by Steve and a second by Mike.