REDDING - An ordinance giving local police more clout to stop underage drinking will go before a town meeting on Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Community Center. The ordinance would make it illegal for a minor to possess alcohol on private property or for anyone to knowingly allow a minor to consume alcohol on his or her property, unless the minor was accompanied by a parent, legal guardian or adult spouse."If approved, the ordinance will close a loophole in the state law regarding underage drinking," said Redding Chief of Police Douglas Fuchs. "The state law does not specifically deal with drinking on private property." The ordinance would be similar to ones now in place in other Connecticut towns, including Ridgefield and Newtown."When people think about underage drinking they often think of the danger of drunken driving. The ordinance also sends the message that drinking by minors in and of itself is not OK," Fuchs said. What makes Redding's proposed ordinance unique is how it came about. Teen-agers from Joel Barlow High School instigated drafting the ordinance and took it before town selectmen in January. The impetus was an underage drinking partylast fall."After the party incident, a lot of athletes at the school got in trouble," said Joel Barlow senior Kristen Fallo, an author of the proposed ordinance. "It got some of us thinking that something had to be done." Like laws in other towns, the Redding ordinance would not infringe upon homeowner's Fourth Amendment rights. Police could not enter a residence without due cause, such as complaints about excessive noise or problems with parking. The Redding ordinance would not have a clause to allow parents to request police to enter their home in their absence to break up underage drinking parties. However, if the ordinance passes, Redding police will make that service available, Fuchs said."I feel this sends a message that the town of Redding cares about this problem," Fuchs said, "and is taking steps to do something about it." Attorney General Richard Blumenthal and the director of the Coalition Against Underage Drinking, Gary Najarian, will attend the town meeting and discuss the problem. Contact Susan Tuz at or at (203) 731-3352.