Youth advisory council becomes permanent in Cornelius
Last year, the Cornelius City Council passed a resolution creating a youth advisory council.
The advisory council is similar to volunteer boards for young residents in many other communities — neighboring Hillsboro also has one — but at the time, the City Council decided to put an expiration date of sorts on it, describing it as an "ad hoc" group intended to meet for one year. Ten high school-age students were appointed to the advisory council for the 2017-18 school year.
On Monday night, Oct. 1, city councilors agreed that they have been satisfied with the results from the ad hoc advisory council. The City Council unanimously approved a new resolution — one that makes the youth advisory council a regular city committee.
"You'll remember that the first year of the youth advisory council was sort of a trial period to see if it worked well in Cornelius, see how many students we attracted," City Manager Rob Drake told the City Council. "Mayor (Jef) Dalin and I both believe this past year was a success. You all had a chance to meet some or all members of the youth advisory council."
Like similar bodies in other cities, the youth advisory council in Cornelius is an opportunity for high school students to learn about government, as well as an opportunity for the city to hear the perspectives of young residents who might not ordinarily participate in the civic process.
The advisory council is an all-volunteer body. Prospective members apply and have to be approved by the City Council. The council meets regularly throughout the year, with a meeting format that closely resembles that which is followed by the City Council, including the use of Robert's Rules of Order.
Dalin was not present for the vote. Remaining council members approved the new advisory council bylaws 4-0.
By Mark Miller
Editor, Forest Grove News-Times
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