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Two Eagle Scouts were honored for community involvement

Daniel Kaighn of Troop 26 and Justin Haugland of Troop 20 were recognized.

At this week’s Medford Council meeting, two Eagle Scouts were honored for the effort they put into completing their projects and achieving the highest honor and rank of the Boy Scouts of America.

Daniel Kaighn of Troop 26 and Justin Haugland of Troop 20 were recognized.

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Mayor Chuck Watson read the proclamation to Kaighn, recognizing him for his Eagle Scout project to design and build picnic tables and to install split rail fences around the perimeter of Dr. Still Park.

In doing so, he enhanced the aesthetics at the park, while also protecting children who use the park and preventing vehicles from parking on park property.

The picnic tables will be used by the Cranberry Hall seniors and the families who visit and enjoy the park.

Watson said the overall effort put forth by Kaighn to direct more than 30 youth and adult volunteers from Troop 26 resulted in his better understanding of the value of community involvement and civic duty, and his leadership skills are a benefit to his troop, community, family and friends.

Watson said that Haugland’s project was to assemble and install dog agility equipment at the Freedom Barks Dog Park.

The equipment was received as a grant from PetSafe “Bark for your Park” program, and nine new pieces of equipment were put together and installed. Watson said his involvement helped save the township thousands of dollars in assembly and installation costs and the equipment will further improve the experience of the dogs and their human companions.

He directed more than 40 youth and adult volunteers from Troop 20, along with communication with the Freedom Barks committee and township officials.

He said Haugland also presented his understanding of the value of community involvement, civic duty and leadership skills.

“We really appreciate the effort both of you have put in to become Eagle Scouts as well as the service projects that you’ve done that benefit our community,” Watson said. “Councilman [Brad] Denn and I are both Eagle Scouts, so we know what it takes, but all of us really appreciate what you’ve done.”

In other news:

  • An ordinance was passed on second reading allowing the township to establish a cap bank. Watson explained there is a 2 percent maximum cap that taxes can be raised they haven’t used in the past six years. The state allows the township to bank the cap it isn’t using this year in the case of an emergency. He said there is no intention to raise taxes.
  • The police department was thanked for its involvement with local schools for the “Kids Rock” event. The police department teamed with children to paint rocks that have been placed outside of the public safety building.

The next regular council meeting will be held on April 2 at 7 p.m. at the Public Safety Building located at 91 Union St.

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