Present: Annie Tepfer/RAPAD CoOrdinator, Susan Williams/Volunteer, Coalition Chair, Jacobson/Renville County Commissioner, Dave Torgelson/Renville County Attorney, Jennifer Mendoza/Guia Program, Virginia Sullivan/Coalition Secretary, Hannah Abraham/SHIP, Derek Lee/Olivia PD, Tammy Park/parent/volunteer, Kari Klages/Accountant, Mikayla Lippertt/Student
Business: Coalition members introduced themselves, approved December meeting minutes and approved January Agenda. Match forms were handed out for coalition members to turn in. Annie was ill and also had several funerals to attend so the Monthly Community Outputs and Champions will be tabled until February.
Financial Report: Kari Klages/Accountant: Kari reported there has been a request for the no cost extension to be carried over ($22,000.00) from the 5 year grant to the 6 year grant The coalition is waiting for this approval. Kari and Annie stated that there are lots of activities that have been planned to use the no cost extension towards billboards targeting youth about tobacco prevention; Project Northland for schools, youth activities, etc. Lamont inquired about the new Tobacco Ordinance and enforcing the ordinance. He stated he had visited the convenience store in Danube and saw 99 cent cherry cigars on display which are supposed to cost $2.10. Annie stated enforcment will have to be implemented and David stated that the business needs to have time to comply with the new ordinance. Hannah stated she could assist Annie with a reminder to local businesses. Lamont inquired about the money used for the fair booth. Annie stated it went for rental of the booth space, informational pamphlets and candy/etc. Kari stated she will report quarterly. Annie stated that she plans on contacting the sheriff’s office about alcohol compliance checks; as there hasn’t been any for some time.
School/Youth Groups: RCW: Sarah Reznechek is planning for another Youth Leadership Training this year. Cedar Mountain: Paula Sturm has requested training/materials for Project Northland Curriculum. BOLD- 221st Century after school program is being taught by Debb Ziller. St. Mary’s: Kelly Allen is interested in funding that is available for schools to implement prevention activities Jennifer inquired about the trainings; Annie stated any training must be evidence based and activities can have themed events.
Other reports: Law Enforcement: Derek Lee reported that many traffic stops have revealed meth use is up. Lamont stated heroin use is up also. Annie handed out information from NOYS ( National Organization for Youth Safety) concerning youth becoming addicted to prescription opoids. Lamont reported that the Sheriff’s office had 32 pounds of prescription medication in the Prescription Drop Off. Derek inquired about funding for the car crash for students for Prom. Annie stated that the coalition cannot fund “scare tactics” funding could be used towards other activities. Susan stated she learned about drug testing kits that could be made available to parents for drugs to give to their children. Virginia stated that the LAC (Local Advisory Council for Children) met this last month and all 5 counties in the Pact For Families grant area stated that child protection cases are up due to parents and also children involved in drugs. There are no foster care parents willing to take in the children due to them being violent and any treatment or care facilities are being accessed outside of Minnesota (Wisconsin/South Dakota) due to no beds available.
Next meeting: February 19th, noon, Max’s Grill
Respectfully submitted: Virginia Sullivan/Coalition secretary