The Galt Youth Commission voted Dec. 6 to meet in person, something several of its members have yet to experience. The commission also expressed interest in encouraging community members to help keep Galt’s streets clean.

All of Galt’s committees and commissions face the question of whether to do in-person meetings or to continue teleconferences over Zoom, after the Galt City Council voted on Nov. 16 to start gathering in person.

Multiple youth commissioners spoke in favor of in-person meetings, with some of them noting that they joined the commission after it switched to remote meetings last year.

“I think it’s a great idea for us to have the meetings at City Hall because, personally, I’ve never had one of our monthly meetings at City Hall because of COVID,” Commissioner Ysabella Sosa said. “So it’ll be a grand experience for all of us because I believe that, really, most of us haven’t had meetings at City Hall.”

Other members thought the shift would make the commission more efficient.

“I think that we’ll be much more productive when we can be with each other and see each other face-to-face, and we’ll get more done,” Commissioner Alexis Gold said.

Commissioner Lauren Caron thought that in-person meetings could be a “team-bonding experience,” an opinion echoed by commissioners Josh Cullers and Jasan Kaur.

“If we go to any event, we would be more united and work together better,” said Kaur, whose appointment to the commission was approved at the November Council meeting.

The commission voted 9-0 to begin meeting in person. Its next regular meeting is scheduled for Jan. 3 at 6 p.m. in the Galt City Council Chambers.

The subject of an upcoming street cleanup led into a broader conversation on litter around Galt.

While the commission voted unanimously to hold a trash cleanup along Lincoln Way, Adult Mentor Leesa Klotz suggested making a public service announcement on keeping the streets clean to address the source of litter.

“I think that, more than just cleaning up after people … maybe start moving to the root of the problem,” Klotz said, noting that she also supports continuing street cleanups. Mayor Shawn Farmer, who said he has heard comments about the candy and other litter left over from the Lighting of the Night festival, proposed taking video of the upcoming cleanup to post on social media.

Commission Chair Alexa Murillo Cuevas and Kaur agreed with the suggestions and said they have worked on video projects previously.

“Me and one of my friends made a video about recycling, and just like that we just showed very simply how to recycle,” Kaur said. “We could do that but add on how easy it is to pick up trash and put it in a bag so nobody feels awkward doing it.”

The commission and any community members who would like to join will meet for the cleanup at SMUD Park on Dec. 18 at 9 a.m.