Two students from École Primaire Lévis-Sauvé got to be mayors for the day in Verdun on Tuesday, December 6.
Since the borough council held their meeting the same day, the students’ experience included asking questions at the meeting.
“Is there an indoor swimming pool in Verdun,” asked one of the students.
That question gave Mayor Jean-Francois Parenteau a chance to talk about his proposed aquatic centre with an interior 50-metre 8-corridor pool to be built between Monsignor Richard Highschool and the auditorium by 2018.
“I would like to know if during the winter, will there be an interior basketball court or will one be built,” said the second student.
The mayor answered that there are several interior basketball courts in schools in Verdun and at the Dawson Boys and Girls Club of Verdun. He suggested that the youth propose an after-school basketball tournament to his school administrators.
The two boys then sat with the borough councillors for the rest of question period.
Later the same evening, councillors approved the nomination of six young people to the Conseil jeunesse de Verdun for the 2016/2017 year. This brings the total number of people serving on Verdun’s youth council to 15.
The borough set aside $5,000 for a youth council back in September. The young people work with staff people and meet on city property. Originally, members were going to be between the ages of 15 and 25, but the borough extended their recruitment efforts into the primary schools and lowered the age of people serving on the council to 12.
Between now and the end of the school year, the young people will work with staff and City Councillor Marie-Eve Brunet, who is leading the pilot project, to recommend actions to the Verdun mayor. The mayor has 90 days to respond in writing to their suggestions.