DONALDSONVILLE — Leaders of the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council reported to the City Council on Tuesday on the group’s recent meetings and plans for future activities.
The teen group, which will hold regular meetings on the first Wednesdays at City Hall, has students from Ascension Catholic and Donaldsonville high schools.
Youth Advisory Council President Tamiko Stroud said the group at its first meeting on Jan. 7 learned about the keys to success from Louis M. Frey III, CF Industries’ vice president of Donaldsonville operations.
Youth Advisory Council Vice President Kaitlyn Williams said the group held a town hall meeting on Dec. 22, with 45 to 55 kids and adults discussing issues such as prescription drug abuse and city recreation.
Mayor Leroy Sullivan Sr. said he feels the teen town hall provided many good ideas.
“I attended the meeting and was very impressed,” Sullivan said. “I think that (the Youth Advisory Council is) doing a wonderful job.”
“It’s good to see our young people getting involved in the community,” Council Chairman Raymond Aucoin added.
Stroud said the group is seeking sponsorship to fund travel to and accommodations in Washington, D.C., where it plans to represent Donaldsonville at the National League of Cities conference March 7-11.
In other matters before the council Tuesday, Fire Chief Chuck Montero said in his department’s annual report that the city responded to 1,311 emergency calls in 2014.
Of the total calls, 937 instances — or nearly 72 percent — were for medical emergencies, Montero said.
The department also completed a total of 4,413 hours of training, the chief added.