City of North Adams, MA
Berkshire County
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[Ord. of 7-13-2010]
There is hereby established a commission to be known as the "Youth Commission." The mission of the Youth Commission will be to provide an ongoing forum for communication between City government and local youth.
The Youth Commission will respond to requests for comment and recommendation on matters referred to the Commission by officers, departments, agencies, boards, commissions and advisory committees of the City of North Adams.
The Youth Commission will advise the City Council and Mayor about how such recommendations could be coordinated in the community to eliminate duplication in cost and effort. The Youth Commission will identify the concerns and needs of the youth of North Adams; examine existing social, economic, educational, and recreational programs for youth; develop and propose plans that support or improve such programs; and make recommendations thereon to the Mayor and City Council. This process will allow opportunities for effective participation by youth in the governmental process, and improve the social, economic, educational, and recreational advantages of the City's youth.
The Youth Commission shall consist of a total of 15 voting members, including 10 residents ages 13 to 22, two of whom will be college students, and five adults who represent a variety of interests in the community. The Youth Commission shall consist of individuals who have an understanding of the needs of young people in North Adams, experience with youth programs or youth organizations, or involvement with school or community activities. The members shall represent the diversity of ethnicity, race, gender, sexual orientation and socioeconomic status of the people of the City and shall be residents of the City.
Members of the Commission shall not be compensated, nor shall they be reimbursed for expenses.
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The Mayor, with the approval of the City Council, will make appointments.
The youth members shall be appointed for terms of such length and so arranged that the terms of four members will expire in one year; the terms of three members will expire in two years; and the terms of the remaining three members will expire in three years.
The adult members shall be appointed for terms of such length and so arranged that the terms of two members will expire in one year; the terms of two members will expire in two years; and the term of the remaining one member will expire in three years.
All subsequent terms of the Commissioners shall be three years in length.
In the event a vacancy occurs during the term of office of any voting member, a successor shall be appointed to complete the unexpired term of the office.
Any member of the Youth Commission so appointed may, after a public hearing, if requested, be removed for cause by the Mayor.
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Yearly, at the first meeting in October, the Youth Commission shall elect Co-Chairs consisting of one youth Commissioner and one adult Commissioner. A majority of the Commissioners then in office shall constitute a quorum.
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The Youth Commission shall meet quarterly and at such times as may be necessary for the proper exercise of its powers and duties.
To aid in the orderly conduct of business, the Commission may have the authority to create, amend, and repeal its own code of bylaws.
On all matters of parliamentary procedure Robert's Rules of Order shall govern.
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The Youth Commission may exercise all the powers vested in it under the law or prescribed to it by law and shall perform such duties as the City Council by ordinance may from time to time prescribe.
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The Youth Commission shall, from time to time, conduct public hearings in order to ascertain the youth needs of the community.