A Life Scout wants to earn his Eagle Scout rank by enhancing the bike trail in Madison County.
Jakob Friend, a 15-year-old sophomore at London High School, proposed to county commissioners and members of the Madison County Park Board a welcome bench and signage at the entrance to Madison County, from Clark County, in the area of Neil Road.
A member of Troop 104, Friend said it would be a free-standing wood structure, of dimensions approximately six feet by 12 feet with a roof over a bench/table combination. His rough estimate of the cost is $500.
Friend said he would raise funds, either in cash or donations of materials or equipment use, over the winter months and build it in the spring of 2016.
Friend said when he asked park board member Gene Pass about the idea, he liked it.
“I asked him to take it to the commissioners to have them approve it,” Pass said. “We’re (the park board) OK with it. I think we’ll be happy with it.”
Friend has 24 merit badges — the number required for Eagle Scout. Completing a community project is the final step to earning the Eagle Scout rank.
To make arrangements for donations, contact the Troop 104 Scoutmaster Shane Seidenstricker at 614-917-9837. Checks can be made to Troop 104.
Dean Shipley can be reached at 740-852-1616, ext. 1617, on Facebook at Dean Shipley or via Twitter @DeanAShipley.
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