Eagle Scout Candidate Proposes Privacy Fence Project at Henne Field

 02/15/2018 - 02:23
Saline Eagle Scout Will Minnette
Saline High School sophomore Will Minnette outlined a proposed Eagle Scout project to build a privacy fence at Henne Field to the board of education at the board’s Feb. 13 meeting.

Saline High School sophomore Will Minnette outlined a proposed Eagle Scout project to build a privacy fence at Henne Field to the board of education at the Feb. 13 meeting.

The proposed fence would enclose two portable toilets on the northwest side of the field, concealing them from view from both the field and the road. It would be completely enclosed on three sides with an opening on the fourth wall. Minnette’s proposal also involved a shallow trench with peal gravel for drainage and hardy dwarf boxwood shrubs for beautification. Minnette is a member of Troop 457.

Minnette estimated supplies would cost about $954, and hoped that tools such as cordless drills, electric saws, shovels and buckets could be donated or loaned. The project will be completed with labor provided by Boy Scouts, parents, and other community volunteers.

Minnette said the project would be paid for out of troop fundraising, such as bottle drives or car washes, as well as individual donations, and possibly donation of materials.

School board vice president Paul Hynek suggested Minnette go to Home Depot or Lowe’s and tell their management that the supplies were needed for an Eagle Scout project, and said that the stores would be likely to offer him a discount on materials and tools.

The goal is to have the project completely approved by interested parties by the end of March, including the school board, the city and the Friends of Henne Field, along with digging permission from Call-Before-You-Dig. Minnette said he hoped the project could then be completed over the last two weeks in June. Henne Field is owned by the school district.

See the photo at the end of this article for the location of the proposed Eagle Scout project.

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