Boy Scout presents Eagle Scout project to Winfield City Council
By TRISHA PHELPS
Mt. Pleasant News
WINFIELD — There was an abundance of agenda items and community members at Wednesday night’s Winfield city council meeting.
Beau Van Amerongen, a freshman at W-MU, gave a presentation to the council and the 17 people in attendance about his Eagle Scout project.
Van Amerongen raised $450 before the meeting for a trash-can project, and another $100 was donated to his project by audience member Scott Jennings during the meeting, as well as a donation from the city council.
“I would entertain a match,” said Mayor Chris Finnell.
“I’d follow that. I like where you’re going with that,” agreed council member Roger Sharp, who pointed out that his son had built trash cans for the city as an Eagle Scout project several years ago.
The council agreed to donate $550 to Van Amerongen’s project so that he could make more trash cans.
Van Amerongen had originally hoped to made four cans, but with the additional funding he hopes to make eight to 10 cans for the city to use.
“You guys just need to decide what color you want them,” said Van Amerongen.
Finnell explained that the Winfield Beautification committee would step in and help make decisions.
“The beautification committee can help with location,” Finnell said. “Basically, they will help with where to put them and color and all that.”
In another agenda item, the council passed Resolution 13-2013, Supporting Winfield – Mt. Union Community School’s efforts to bring a Southeastern Community College academy to Winfield.
“This is basically saying that we are in favor of this and it will help them move forward in dealing with their negotiations with Southeastern and dealing with what all the details are,” said Finnell. “I did sit in on a meeting with the president of the board and some of his people and they seemed very interested.”
The academy would make it possible for students at W-MU to enroll in more college credit classes. The academy would also potentially attract college students to the area.
“I’m very optimistic and I think Pat Coen is very optimistic,” said Finnell.
A public hearing was also held for the 2013 watermain project. The winning bid was $86,486.55, made by G & R Miller Construction of Washington.
The council also:
• Heard an update from the cemetery board.
• Had the first reading of the proposed changes to the animal protection and control ordinance.
• Received an update from the Crooked Creek Days committee.
• Received an update from the Area Development Commission.
• Discussed a quote for a digital zoning map.
The next city council meeting will be May 8, at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall