By MINDY MCKENZIE
Daily Globe Staff Reporter
SHELBY- Boy Scout Logan Karl brought forward an idea for his Eagle Project during Monday night’s regular Park Board meeting.
Karl explained he was inspired to do his project on the bleachers at McBride Park.
“From my days of playing Little League, the bleachers kind of sag a little bit. So, I am thinking about redoing those and another thing is that there are no stairs,” Karl stated.
Karl provided the board members with a sketch of what he wanted to do with the project.
“Basically what I want to do is replace the boards and paint the frame. Then, put it on treated wood and let it sit and then come back and paint the board again. Then, I can get a railing made for the stairs,” Karl said.
Board Member Dave Keinath explained the idea Karl had for the bleachers was wonderful, however, stated Karl may need to talk to the Little League Board.
“The responsibility for McBride Field is with the Little League Board,” Keinath said.
Parks Superintendent Jerry Marshall explained Shelby Parks maintained the outside of McBride Park.
“I went to City Hall and they told me that I needed to come to this meeting. I was just told to come here,” Karl responded.
“I am not trying to throw anything up because this is just a wonderful idea, but I know that board is very prideful of that park and they should be,” Keinath stated.
Finance Director Dr. Steve Lifer asked if the Park Board members knew anyone who was on the Little League Board for Karl to contact.
Karl’s mother explained Karl had been in touch with the President of Little League.
“When I talked to him I just asked if he cared if I repaired the bleachers as an Eagle Project and he said he didn’t have a problem with it, but that was many months ago,” Karl said.
“I couldn’t imagine someone not wanting this done, but we do need to make sure we dot our i’s and cross our t’s,” Park Board member Geoff Allen added.
Board members recommended Karl contact the Little League President once again just to touch base in regards to the project.
“It sounds like you have our blessing to go forward to the next stage,” Board Member Ed Ingle stated.
Karl asked board members about electricity at the field and if any permits were needed.
“If you want to use our restroom power you could, but that would be a long extension cord. It would be a lot closer if you went to the concession stand. We can open the bathrooms for when you are out there working,” Marshall stated.
Keinath recommended Karl showing Project Coordinator Joe Gies the plans for the project.