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Centralia City Council Asked To Increase Size of City's Youth Commission

By Bruce Kropp, WJBD News

The Centralia City Council Monday night will be asked to expand the number of student commissioners on the city's Youth Commission.

Former Councilwoman Marva Bledsoe had first proposed the commission and was surprised with the number of youth who wanted to serve. Bledsoe didn't want to cut any of those out who applied to serve, so the council is being asked to increase the number of youth on the commission to 25.

Youth must be 12 to 18 to serve with at least five members from the middle school and five from the secondary school environment.  The members are appointed by the Mayor with the advice and consent of the city council. The appointments will be made annually at the beginning of each school year.

The responsibilities of the group are to make recommendation to city government on issues that affect young people, planning and implementing social, education, cultural and recreational activities for youth, working with city officials to provide service and leadership opportunities for the youth of the city as well as promoting community pride and working to eliminate potential negative influences among future community leaders.

The council will also consider bids totaling $156,230 for concrete, aggregate and bituminous needed for the public works department for summer street maintenance work. The meeting begins at seven Monday night at Centralia City Hall. 

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