Aurora's Parks Committee added a youth member on Jan.21 when it voted unanimously to appoint Sunny Weidman.
The daughter of City Council member Tara Weidman told members of the committee that "Just seeing how much she (her mom) loves being a part of this wonderful community has inspired me to get involved as well. I love this little town and would like to help make it a fantastic place for all people to live. Also, I am considering a career in politics and thought this would be a great place to start," she said.
Since she's grown up in Aurora and knows many of its younger residents, she will be able to gather many youth opinions on matters, said W. Scott Jorgensen, city recorder.
"Sunny said during the most recent meeting that community youth are among the biggest users of the park facilities. Having her on the committee will help ensure that they have a strong voice. The committee members and city staff will also benefit from having the youth perspective represented," Jorgensen said.
The committee also voted to recommend Aaron Ensign be appointed to the committee. He is a 19-year resident of Aurora, who previously served on an earlier version of the committee during the last major park improvements, according to Jorgensen. His appointment will be decided by the City Council at its Feb. 11 meeting. If he's appointed, he will fill the vacancy created when its former chair Brian Asher was appointed mayor.
Committee members also voted to recommend to the City Council that the city spend $5,000 in park improvement funds allocated for the current fiscal year for improving the driveway access to the nine-acre city owned property near the railroad tracks.
The committee is scheduled to meet on Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. in the council chambers at City Hall.
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