Chapter 2.12
YOUTH COMMISSION

Sections:

2.12.010    Established.

2.12.020    Membership.

2.12.030    Term limits.

2.12.040    Meetings.

2.12.050    Rules and records.

2.12.060    Duties and responsibilities.

2.12.010 Established.

A. The Youth Commission of the City, hereinafter referred to in this chapter as the “Commission,” is created.

B. The Youth Commission is a standing commission. [Ord. 30-2010 §1, eff. 2-11-11; Ord. 7-2009 §3, eff. 5-1-2009; Ord. 45-2008 §3, eff. 10-10-2008]

2.12.020 Membership.

A. The Commission shall consist of ten (10) members. At time of appointment each member shall be: 1) no less than thirteen (13) years of age and no more than eighteen (18) years of age; 2) a student in grades seven (7) through twelve (12), in an approved education program for middle school or high school students; and 3) a resident of the City or its sphere of influence, at the time of application for appointment and continuously thereafter. The sphere of influence is defined to include circumstances where a member attends an Elk Grove school but lives just outside the city limits. Immediate family members of City Council Members shall not be eligible for appointment.

B. A quorum shall constitute six (6) members. [Ord. 21-2012 §4, eff. 11-9-2012; Ord. 17-2012 §2, eff. 8-24-12; Ord. 30-2010 §1, eff. 2-11-11; Ord. 7-2009 §3, eff. 5-1-2009; Ord. 45-2008 §3, eff. 10-10-2008]

2.12.030 Term limits.

A. Members of the Commission shall serve for a two (2) year term. No person appointed as a Commissioner shall be eligible to serve more than two (2) consecutive terms (a total of four (4) years).

B. The Commission shall select a Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Historian, and Communications Officer from among its members. Vice Chair will resume Chair responsibilities when Chair is absent. If Chair and Vice Chair are both absent, a respective member shall be chosen by the City Manager, or his or her designee, to facilitate the meeting. A member can serve in any position no more than a total of two (2) years. The term of each office shall be one (1) year. The Commission will vote yearly to appoint members to the offices of Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Historian, and Communications Officer. [Ord. 30-2010 §1, eff. 2-11-11; Ord. 7-2009 §3, eff. 5-1-2009; Ord. 45-2008 §3, eff. 10-10-2008]

2.12.040 Meetings.

A. The Commission shall schedule at least one (1) meeting per month at a designated time and place. All members are required to attend every scheduled regular and special meeting. Two (2) excused absences shall be allowed per year. More than two (2) excused absences shall result in termination from the Commission.

B. A majority of members shall constitute a quorum at any regular or special meeting of the Commission. For this Commission, a quorum is defined by six (6) members.

C. The Commission will use an ad hoc committee structure to meet outside of the regularly scheduled monthly meeting. Ad hoc committees will allow for spontaneous meetings to work on special projects. An ad hoc committee will consist of five (5) members or less so as not to violate the Brown Act or break the quorum requirements.

D. The City Manager, or his or her designee, will provide support to the Commission. [Ord. 30-2010 §1, eff. 2-11-11; Ord. 7-2009 §3, eff. 5-1-2009; Ord. 45-2008 §3, eff. 10-10-2008]

2.12.050 Rules and records.

Minutes of the Commission shall be prepared by the City Manager or his or her designee, filed with the Office of the City Clerk, and shall be a public record. [Ord. 30-2010 §1, eff. 2-11-11; Ord. 7-2009 §3, eff. 5-1-2009; Ord. 45-2008 §3, eff. 10-10-2008]

2.12.060 Duties and responsibilities.

The tasks outlined below lay the foundation of the Commission and provide a guide of expectations of each Commissioner by the City Council. These tasks are to be considered the charge and direction of the City Council.

A. Develop and maintain a yearly strategic plan outlining the areas of focus for the Commission.

B. Review issues relating to programs and services for children and youth.

C. Identify and recommend priorities among programs and services for children and youth.

D. Create a forum for discussion with children, youth and their families.

E. Advocate for services and programs for children and youth.

F. Make recommendations for programs, policies, and necessary legislation to promote the health and well-being of children, youth and their families.

G. Work with the public and private sectors to bring forth the concerns of children and youth as well as evaluate programming that will enhance the development of children and youth.

H. Develop a communication network to disseminate information about services to children and youth.

I. Provide two (2) biyearly presentations to the City Council at designated City Council meetings.

J. Communicate with their respective Councilmember once (1) a month. [Ord. 30-2010 §1, eff. 2-11-11; Ord. 7-2009 §3, eff. 5-1-2009; Ord. 45-2008 §3, eff. 10-10-2008]