Council Member Lovell introduced the following resolution and moved for its adoption.
RESOLUTION NO. 2016-03
Be it resolved by the Mayor and City Council of the City of Rushville:
A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY OF RUSHVILLE ESTABLISHING A STUDENT LIAISON POSITION TO THE RUSHVILLE CITY COUNCIL; ESTABLISHING CRITERIA, A TERMINATION DATE TO SAID RESOLUTION AND A SELECTION PROCESS.
WHEREAS the City of Rushville, Nebraska recognizes the Youth of our community as a significant community resource; and
WHEREAS the City Council desires to receive continuous advice and information from the perspective of the youth of the community on matters of interest to the youth and to the public; and
WHEREAS the City Council of Rushville, Nebraska, and the Gordon-Rushville School District believe that it is beneficial to the community to facilitate interaction between the community youth and the Rushville City Council and that this interaction can occur through the creation of a Student Liaison to the Rushville City Council.
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the City Council hereby creates a Student Liaison position to allow for a student of the Gordon-Rushville School system to attend official meetings of the City Council, sit with the members of the City Council at such meetings, to be provided, in advance, an agenda and supporting materials for each council meeting, and to allow the student liaison to hold an honorary and advisory position so that he or she may have the opportunity to offer opinions or advice on any issue properly before the council. Said student shall not have any legal authority, nor any voting authority;
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that applicants for the position of Student Liaison should have some knowledge of, or the desire to learn about, local government functions and policy. Applicants shall attend at least one city council meeting prior to submitting an application for the position of student liaison.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that student liaison applications will be initially reviewed and narrowed down to no more than five by the Gordon-Rushville High School Principal and staff. The five finalists will then be interviewed by a selection committee composed of the Mayor of the City of Rushville or another Member of the Rushville City Council and the City Clerk. A selection committee will recommend one applicant and an alternate to the City Council for approval as the student liaison, with such position being voted upon by the Rushville City Council at a regularly scheduled meeting.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that once appointed by the City Council, the student liaison shall attend all regularly scheduled city council meetings on the last Monday of each month, and the student liaison should remain aware of local issues in the community and remain available to listen to the youth of the community and to keep any student body associations or groups apprised of issues of interest to area youth. A student liaison shall serve a term of one year.
BE IT FURTHER ADVISED that the Mayor, with the consent of the Council, may appoint any designated City Council Member or other person to serve as an adviser/mentor to the student liaison.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the student liaison program authorized under this Resolution shall expire at the end of the 2016-2017 Gordon-Rushville school district school year and may be renewed only by a majority vote of the elected members of the City Council at the July 2017 meeting of the Rushville City Council.
The foregoing Resolution having been read, Council Member Willnerd seconded the motion for passage and adoption, and after consideration thereof the roll was called on the passage and adoption of said resolution and the following council members voted aye: Willnerd, Lovell, Jansen.
The following council members voted nay: none.
The passage of the resolution having been consented to by more than the majority of the members elected to the council was declared passed and adopted this 28th day of November, 2016.
ATTEST: CONNIE ROFFERS
Published: December 7, 2016