Youth council tackles recreation, recycling issues
Published 12:00 am Thursday, February 15, 2001
Thursday, February 15, 2001
The Natchez Democrat
Members of the Mayor’s Youth Council listened with interest
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Thursday as city recreation director Ralph Tedder presented them
with plans for a proposed recreational complex near Natchez High
When will construction start? What will the park include? How
will it affect the high school?
All were questions Tedder attempted to answer for the council
– composed of high school students from around the city – who
said they have a difficult time finding something entertaining
to do in Natchez. &uot;We really don’t have too much to do in
Natchez,&uot; said Renee Davis, Natchez High student and council
But recreation was just one topic on the agenda for the youth
council’s mock board meeting at Council Chambers, an agenda the
council put together themselves on issues that interested them.
City leaders such as Adams County Youth Judge John Hudson and
City Engineer David Gardner reported to the seven-member board
on projects ranging from the Adams County Juvenile Justice Center
to recruiting industry to the area. An update on a recycling program
for downtown presented by James Johnston, community development
coordinator, perked the council’s interest.
&uot;Because that’s something we can help out with,&uot;
said council president Kelly Fuller, a Natchez High senior.
Michael Winn, also a NHS student, asked Johnston about the
possibility of placing recycling bins in local schools once the
program gets off the ground.
Mayor F.L. &uot;Hank&uot; Smith said he was impressed by
the maturity of the council members, reflected in the issues they
chose to tackle during the meeting. &uot;It has been a great
pleasure of mine to have this group associated with my position,&uot;
Smith said he was particularly proud of the council’s Make
a Difference Day Rally Against Racism held in October.
Assistant City Planner Gretchen Kuechler, who has worked all
year with the group, agreed the council showed both maturity and
courage with the rally. &uot;All of the programs we’ve worked
on have been very impressive and showed a lot of initiative,&uot;
Other members of the council are Michael Anderson, NHS; David
Sesser, NHS; Bennie Jones, NHS; Casey Etheridge, Adams County
Christian School; and Caroline Hungerford, Trinity Episcopal Day