The Galt Youth Commission voted Oct. 4 to add an officer tasked with reporting commission news to City Council. In addition, the commissioners began planning activities in the coming school year.
The concept of the City Council liaison first came up at the group’s August meeting. The officer would occasionally attend council meetings to give Youth Commission updates, but uncertainty remained about whether the position should be held by a single person or rotate among the commissioners.
Commissioner Alexis Gold volunteered for the position, which commissioners expressed support for. Additionally, it was decided to have only one person fill the role. The commission voted 7-0 to add the liaison to its slate of officers.
Mayor Shawn Farmer, one of the adult mentors, said he liked the idea of the liaison.
“I think it’s a great idea because we (the council members) want to hear about what you guys are doing,” Farmer said. “I think it’s important, and it gives you guys a chance to report to a higher power.”
Farmer invited Gold, as liaison, to make a report on the commission at the first council meeting of each month.
Additionally, the commissioners laid the groundwork for the activities they are interested in doing this school year.
Coming up first, the commissioners voted to take part in the city’s Spookishly Fun Movie Night on Oct. 22 by helping give out candy.
The other activities up for consideration include the following: building a float for the Lighting of the Night Parade, putting on a professional clothing-themed fashion show at the Galt high school district’s College and Career Fair, cleaning up some properties whose owners can’t maintain them, and writing letters to and interviewing older adults.
Adult Mentor Matt Hill suggested looking into ways to link the letter-writing and interview project to StoryCorps, a company that collects audio recordings of people’s stories from across the country.
“We could maybe submit these stories — if they meet their standards — to them, and we’re actually adding to this national archive with stories from Galt,” Hill said.