MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Two new Eagle Scout projects have been given the thumbs up by the Town Board and will get underway this summer at a local church and town park.
Noah Wahl will build a gazebo on the grounds of the Church of the Holy Communion on Route 6, which will expand the church’s ability to hold Bible classes, perform ceremonies and hold social events.
Wahl told the board at its May 8 meeting that the gazebo will be 12 feet in diameter and feature eight concrete footings with pressure-treated wood posts. It will have a small entry staircase; the interior will include a perimeter railing and benches.
“I have been there just about every Sunday since I was 5 and I have a close relationship with everyone there,” Wahl said. “Currently, all Sunday school classes are held inside at small tables for the children. During the spring, [the gazebo] will provide a great opportunity to go outside for Bible study class. It can also be a place to hold weddings and outside church services. The church’s concerts and barbecues can be held there as well.”
Wahl said he hopes to complete the project by July 1 with help from the church’s youth group, fellow Scout members, football and track throw-team members and some adult advisors. The cost of the gazebo’s materials is $2,899.
Wahl said $1,500 will be donated to dedicate the gazebo to the late wife of the church’s pastor.
Wahl will hold a pasta dinner at the VFW to raise money, and more fundraisers will be held if necessary. Money will also be donated from the church.
“We’ll use a kit that will be shipped [to the church] and we have a carpenter from the church, and I have some of my friends from the football team,” he said, noting that Scouts can’t use power tools, “so we’ll have adults making the cuts and we’ll be doing all the heavy lifting.”
“This is a beautiful project, it really is,” said Supervisor Ken Schmitt. “Thank you for this. I am sure the church is really happy.”
Building inspector Mike Carnazza said he would donate his time to perform the footing inspections.
“We’ll make it work for him,” Carnazza said.
The Town Board agreed to waive the building permit fee for the project.
Scout Kyle Link plans to build and install two picnic tables at Red Mills Park. The 8-by-5-foot tables will be made of cedar and will be situated on platforms made of fieldstone. The project was approved by the Recreation and Parks Advisory Committee.
Link said each table will cost $350 to $400; the stone pads will cost about $175 each. He hopes to raise money via a bake sale and raffle.
The tables are designed to be accessible to wheelchairs.
“I love that it is handicapped-accessible. I think that is very wonderful,” said Councilwoman Suzi McDonough.
Recreation Director Jim Gilchrist said the wooden tables will match the wooden signs throughout Red Mills Park and that the fieldstone pads will also match the park’s décor.
“If you go out to Red Mills Park and look at the flagpole you will see that there’s a stone platform with the lights in it,“ he said. “Those are the same stones and design that will be underneath the picnic tables.”
Link said he and his team will assemble the tables at his house and bring them to the park. He hopes to complete the project later this summer.
“It’s going on town property, so you are saving the town money,” Schmitt said.
Both Scouts will have their Court of Honor ceremonies, officially designating them as Eagle Scouts, early next year.