Fresh perspective for county government

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By Katy Korkos

A brand-new county board will have its first official meeting Monday, when the Youth Advisory Board meets at Mesa Public Library.

With the appointment of five high-school students to the board, the council hopes to keep an eye on the future of county policy for the previously unrepresented group.

High school juniors Ben Batha, Ariana Rowberry, Nat Gustafson and Adrian Figg are eligible for two-year terms on the board, and senior Colin MacArthur is eligible for a one-year term. County council approved all five members at its Oct.16 meeting.

"We have a wonderful baseline of services for youth here," MacArthur said in thanking the council for giving the group the opportunity to serve. "We'll be working hard to understand the needs of youth, and to open up avenues of communication."

MacArthur said the five members had been chosen with the goal of forming a diverse group, with some members experienced in school government, some with varsity sports experience and some who have served on the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board.

"We'll try to work with all that experience in setting up our evaluatory processes," he said.

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