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Dravosburg students request allowing youth to form council

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By Jennifer R. Vertullo
Thursday, May 22, 2014, 3:21 a.m.

Dravosburg children are interested in forming a youth council that could increase community involvement in government.

Harlie McKelvey, 15; Mila Hoover, 12; McKelvey Beerman, 12; Keiara Beerman, 9; Ricky Beerman, 8; and Nicky Beerman, 5, approached council on Tuesday with a prepared speech that outlined their requests.

“We would like to form a kid council,” Harlie said. “In this formational group of children, we will discuss topics to better our town of Dravosburg.”

Each reading a small portion of the speech, the children said they are community members who would like an opportunity to share their opinions.

“We value your opinions, but we think we can add to them with our creative and inventive minds,” Harlie said.

The children asked council to take their request seriously, noting they've put a lot of time and thought into the idea.

“We will probably discuss it in our next work session,” council president Jay McKelvey told kids once the meeting closed. “I think it's a great idea. We need younger people to be involved. They may get their foot in the door and become something bigger.”

Solicitor George Gobel explained that the youth council would have no legal authority, but they could serve as a recommending body to share community children's interests with council.

“They can have their own meeting night and come up with ideas like a crime watch or any other community group,” Gobel said.

Jennifer R. Vertullo is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1956, or

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