The latest Eagle Scout project to be completed in Pacific was acknowledged by city officials at the March 18 board of aldermen meeting with compliments to the Scout and his crew.
The completion of the project reminded officials that construction projects don’t always turn out as they are planned.
In reporting the completion of his project, Will Colbert, Troop 443, explained that heavy rains and soggy ground had made the original trail path inaccessible for gravel trucks and with materials and work crew of about 30 individuals onhand he made the decision to relocate his trail to higher ground.
The project was completed on time.
Officials acknowledged that the Scout’s quick recovery by relocating his trail was good thinking on his part.
“This might actually be a better trail,” Alderman Mike Bates said.
Stephen Flannery, park board president, who was on hand when the work took place, complimented the Scout for his follow-through.
“He had to think on the spot,” Flannery said. “He had the gravel and all the workers there and quickly came up with an alternative. This is the mark of true leadership, which is what Eagle Scout projects are all about.”
Colbert, who turns 18 in April 2014, told aldermen a large number of volunteers had helped to lay tarps and spread gravel by hand on the one-third-mile-long trail that allows park visitors to explore areas of the park that have been ignored.
This is the second trail developed by Scouts in that area. Jeremy Bates constructed a walking trail around the fishing pond as an Eagle Scout project.
Mayor Herb Adams said the work of the Scouts in that area of the park has inspired him to push for city improvements that could include expansion of the finishing pond.
“The Scouts have helped us make the park more accessible,” Adams said. “It’s time for the city to do its part.”w