Weekly Feature



2018-07-05 / Front Page

Iroquois coalition receives grant for two billboards

by NICK KONOTOPSKYJ
Reporter

The Iroquois Central School District is actively involved in addressing the problem of underage drinking and trying to limit the accessibility of alcohol to minors.

I-TAC, or It Takes a Community, is a coalition of concerned parents, school administrators, community leaders and students in the towns of Elma, Marilla and Wales whose goal is to raise awareness of the issue in the rest of the community.

It was announced at the June 28 meeting that I-TAC has received a $1,500 grant from the Lamar Advertising Co. to have access to two billboards. It has yet to be determined exactly what the billboards will say, but according to I-TAC coordinator Bette Dehr, the billboards will mention the new Social Host Liability Law that was recently added to the town of Elma.

The Social Host Liability Law is in place to specifically target parents who allow minors to drink alcohol in their homes. Dehr went into further detail on when and where the billboards might be placed.

“What we want to do is make a committee to sit down with some representatives from Lamar and together come up with a design to use on the billboards,” Dehr said. “We really want to put one on Seneca Street in Elma and the billboard will remain up for 30 days. Lamar gets to choose where the second billboard is placed and we are looking to have the billboard finalized sometime this fall.”

In another matter, the coalition talked about the submission of the Drug-Free Communities Grant. This DFC grant was submitted by I-TAC in late March and is awarded to community-based coalitions nationwide.

“The DFC grant is for $125,000 each year for five straight years,” said I-TAC coordinator Mark Sterlace. “After five years, it can be extended to another five years after reapplication. We have a lot of components in place, and I believe we can do some amazing things if we do receive this grant.”

According to Sterlace, they should find out either way about the grant around the end of August or early September.

I-TAC volunteers will be on hand for a fundraiser from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 11, at the Village Green Park, 3007 Bowen Road. Hot dogs and water will be available and live music will be performed by the Lancaster Steel Band.

The coalition has also hired the Green Acres Ice Cream Food Truck for the new student orientation at Iroquois on Wednesday, Aug. 29 and the high school open house on Thursday, Sept. 6.

The next I-TAC meeting will be held on Thursday, Aug. 9, in the Iroquois High School Cafeteria, 2111 Girdle Road. To learn more about I-TAC, email itacpreven tion@gmail.com or visit www.iroquoiscsd.org and scroll under the bar labeled “Community.”

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