Boy scout’s project to beautify high school grounds
A prospective Eagle Scout plans to carry out his final required project for his badge on Saturday.
Robert Ottens, a member of Boy Scout Troop 357, has drawn up plans to re-landscape the west side of the high school.
When his work is done, the 80by-5-foot area will be lined with timbers and landscaped with barberry bushes, fountain grass and river gravel.
Ottens said he came upon the idea for the project while he was at school.
"I just walked by one day and noticed it wasn't too pleasant looking," he said. "The front of the school looks real nice after what the last senior class did, and I just thought why don't we make this part look a little better, too."
Ottens plans have included getting permission from the school district, arranging for the purchase of river gravel and plants and finding shovels and other needed supplies. The school district, he said, will pay for the approximate $600 worth of gravel, timbers and plants. Ottens is supplying the labor. This week he will be working to remove four ash trees that he said the school wanted taken out of the area.
He welcomes anyone who is interested to join him.
He plans to start work at the school at 9 a.m. Saturday. If it rains, Ottens said the workday would be postponed.