Six teens named to advisory group for council

The Sweet Home City Council appointed six new members to the Youth Advisory Council, leaving two positions out of 11 to be filled.

The council had 10 applicants for the seats during its regular meeting on Oct. 13.

Karson Rodgers was appointed to be the seventh-grade representative. He was the only applicant for the seat.

Hailey Rice was appointed to be the sophomore representative.

Amanda Russell, a junior, was appointed the high school at-large member.

Senior Bryana Bittner and juniors Taylar Rodgers and Britney Price were appointed youth-at-large representatives. All three served last year. Unfilled seats include representatives for eighth-grade and junior high at large.

Other applicants included Gavin Redick, a freshman; Kristen Tolle, a sophomore; Olivia Johnson, a junior; and Chris Thompson, a senior.

All appointments were unanimous.

Mayor Craig Fentiman recommended Russell for appointment. He has worked with her throughout the year as she has fulfilled her duties on the 2009 Sportsman’s Holiday Court. She is the current Sportsman’s Holiday queen.

“The three who were on the YAC have done a really good job,” Councilor Greg Mahler said.

Councilors noted prior to appointing members that service last year did not guarantee reappointment and that all of the applicants would be good choices.

“My sister did it last year and had a great experience,” said Karson Rodgers in his application. “I would like to try it out and have the same good experience.”

He looked forward to helping Sweet Home, he said, and he is most concerned about cleanliness, the importance of health, fun things for kids to do, safety and the importance of education.

“When I leave Sweet Home to go off to college, I want to be able to say that I made an impact on my hometown,” Rice said.

The most important issues to her are continuing support for the library, establishing a lake cleanup day, a fund-raising event to help stock the high school library with more classic novels, help find a way to open more stores in Sweet Home to keep money in town and reducing the crime rate below national rates.

“I think it would be a great way to get involved in my community,” Russell said. “I think that helping out your community helps you out.”

Her priorities are keeping youth involved, preserving Sweet Home’s natural resources, continuing economic growth, building community involvement for a greater cause and acknowledging the responses of the community to new activities and businesses.

“I’ve enjoyed it the past couple of years so much,” Taylar Rodgers said. “I enjoy making Sweet Home more enjoyable for others.”

The most important issues to her are cleanliness, activities for everyone, drug and alcohol awareness, importance of education and not following the crowd.

Price listed her priorities as youth events, drugs, littering and parks.

“Each year things have gotten better and better,” Bittner said of her time on the YAC. “I love working on the projects.”

The most important issues to her are teenage activities, teen opinions, drug control, cleanliness and community interaction.

Present at the council meeting were Fentiman and councilors Jim Bean, Jim Gourley, Mahler and Eric Markell.

In other business, the council recommended to the Oregon Liquor Control Commission approval of a liquor license for Michael and Mirasol Hall, who are purchasing The Point Restaurant from Manuel Victor Sr.