Council Votes to Form New Youth Groups, Buy New Street Sweeper

The West U City Council decided to create two youth groups at a workshop session before their regular meeting Monday at 6 p.m.

The council will begin a Mayor’s Youth Advisory Program, similar to a group in Houston, to involve teens in West U municipal government. The group will give teenagers the opportunity to  learn about city government, and to participate in programs to expand their involvement in civic affairs.

The council also will form a younger youth group, to advise the Parks and Recreation Department on leisure activities and programs geared specifically for the 10-year-old to pre-teens age group. Some youngsters in the “tween” years have complained that there aren’t enough activities for their age group.

The council also decided to spend up to $225,000 for a new street sweeper for West U.

Although the city purchased its current street sweeper in 2008, it has been unreliable and out-of-service for expensive repairs for the last two years. The cost of repairs has exceeded $40,000 above its annual preventative maintenance. Because of new emission standards that take effect in October, city staff recommended the purchase of a new street sweeper. The city of West U uses the street sweeper as part of its efforts to maintain the city’s storm sewers. Keeping debris out of the sewers helps in cases of extreme storms.