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Posted: Thursday, August 22, 2013 12:00 am

The Galt City Council has appropriated $1,000 for city promotions to be overseen by the Galt Community Alliance ad hoc committee, but what is this group?

Since the council established it in July, Councilwoman Barbara Payne has been meeting with a small, working group of local volunteers representing a broad range of community interests, including city government, public education, local business, religious organizations and the general public.

They will help facilitate communication about upcoming events so as not to duplicate dates.

“It’s great we can finally this get together so we can communicate,” community volunteer Sy Miyasato said at Tuesday’s city council meeting.

Payne recently answered a series of questions from News-Sentinel reporter Jennifer Bonnett about how the alliance members got their start and what they hope to do in Galt.

“We’re like an organization of organizations,” Payne said.

What is the purpose of this committee?

The purpose of this committee is to promote community awareness, support and participation in events to help alleviate scheduling conflicts.

I know the committee proposal went before the Parks and Recreation Commission earlier this month. What type of feedback did you receive?

The Parks and Rec Commission unanimously endorsed the Galt Community Alliance, and they especially liked the online calendar.

Bringing some of the city’s committees under the umbrella of the Galt Community Alliance will allow us to combine each committee’s resources and add vitality to the committees to make a bigger contribution to the city, but at the same time keep their focus on what they were established for.

How might this organization bring together different groups of Galtonians?

Addressing the needs of the seniors, the youths and beautifying our town, as well as to continue promoting good character traits is an important goal that we don’t want to lose. I can see many ways that the youths can work with the seniors and bring generations together.

The city committee will be able to go out and help other committees with their events.

What specifically will the $1,000 approved by the city council go toward?

The $1,000 will mainly be used to set up the social media calendar, Facebook and an email network to collect and send out event information to organizations, churches, schools and the city.

For example, on Sept. 7 the city is sponsoring “Country in the Park” at Walker Park. On the same day, one of the churches is sponsoring a harvest carnival and the Chamber of Commerce also has an event.

For a small town, that is stretching our ability to make all the events as successful as they could be if they occurred on different dates.

Will the efforts of the alliance replace community newspapers?

The calendar and social media will not take the place of newspapers. The newspapers give a fuller and richer aspect and more in-depth reporting that cannot be replaced by the social media.

To post an event on the community calendar or for more information, email galtcommunityalliance@ gmail.com. Questions can be addressed by Payne by calling 209-366-7121 or by emailing bpayne@ci.galt.ca.us.

Contact reporter Jennifer Bonnett at jenniferb@lodinews.com.

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