Quint said MCDAC has been in existence for one year, and that it was formed from brainstorming about the drug problem and from her research on community coalitions.
According to Quint, in the first year the coalition has focused on making the public more aware of the drug problem and also to increase membership in the group, pointing out when it began there were only seven people and now the group is up to 21.
Quint explained everyone involved in the coalition volunteers their time and the group does not have any funds, other than the money that local organizations such as the Rotary and Kiwanis clubs or local banks have donated.
She told the board MCDAC is working on a grant application for a federal grant, which is competitive but feels the group has a decent chance at receiving the money.
They hope to increase drug prevention in the community and make the public knowledgeable about the P2D2 program, and she also noted they are working on another program called Parents Who Host Lose the Most, which would target parents who purchase alcohol for their children who are hosting parties.
Quint invited all of the commissioners to the next meeting, which will be held on Wednesday, March 27 at 9:30 a.m. at Massac County Mental Health. She said MCDAC has a wonderful group of volunteers and mentioned to the board that Sheriff Ted Holder and Metropolis Police Chief Harry Masse had spoken recently at Zion United Church of Christ and noted last Sunday morning State’s Attorney Patrick Windhorst had talked. She also went on to say that there have been about five pastors from the county who have been attending the MCDAC meetings, as well as law enforcement, parents and community members.
Massac County Highway Engineer Larry Glasco brought to the board the specs for the new pickup truck the highway department intends to purchase. Glasco asked if there was any options listed the board felt needed to be taken off and the commissioners agreed the specs were fine as they were presented.
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