DONALDSONVILLE — At their meeting Tuesday, city council members officially welcomed the new members of the 2014-15 Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council.
The group is made up of teens from Ascension Catholic High and Donaldsonville High. Each teen serves a one-year term.
Serving on the committee are Donaldsonville High students Lawrence Brown III, Jalon Chatman, Kaitlyn Williams and Jimmia Williams and Ascension Catholic High students Maeyrs Joseph, Paige Joseph and Tamiko Stroud.
Members of the committee must be sophomores or juniors at a high school in the city, must be recommended by their respective schools and must maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher.
Tamiko Garrison, a volunteer who worked with Mayor Leroy Sullivan Sr. to resurrect the committee, said the program was originally introduced in 1996 under her father, former Mayor B.J. Francis Sr.
“It was formed as a mechanism for young people to get involved and be a part of the decision-making process,” Garrison said. “In addition, he (Francis) wanted the young people to learn leadership and civic skills.”
The revamped youth council’s purpose is to represent and advocate on behalf of the youth of Donaldsonville, Garrison said, as well as to learn about volunteering and leadership.
Garrison said youth council members will meet monthly and must also create and implement a youth-led service learning project, which culminates on Global Youth Service Day in April.
In another matter Tuesday, the council voted to meet as a Committee of the Whole on Sept. 2 to hear proposals from solid waste disposal companies.
In July, the council sent a letter to current contractor Progressive Waste Solutions that it did not wish to renew its current five-year contract with the company. In the months prior, council members had reported numerous complaints with the company’s service.
The city’s current contract expires on Sept. 9, Council Chairman Raymond Aucoin said.
To avoid a possible lapse in service, Sullivan suggested the council schedule a special meeting on Sept. 5 to officially choose a proposal.