Milton Town Board May 7 2014/Ballston Journal

Scout Plans Boardwalks for Milton Park Trail

MILTON – Eagle Scout candidate Christian Canham got support Wednesday for his project to build two boardwalks over wet ground on a trail at Boice Family Park south of Rock City Falls.

Christian Canham addresses Milton Town Board/Ballston Journal

Christian Canham addresses Milton Town Board.

Canham, 17, a junior at Ballston Spa High School, is doing the project in collaboration with the not-for-profit group Friends of the Kayaderosseras. He plans to use fellow Scout volunteers from his troop at the Methodist church in Ballston Spa to haul in the lumber and do the construction. He estimated the cost of the project at $700 and had raised $465. Curtis Lumber gave him a 15 percent discount.

The Milton Town Board on Wednesday voted to provide $235 to complete the project. (In a separate project, the town is also hoping to develop a trail from Boice Park to Rock City Falls.) Canham got another $250 pledge from Boghosian Bros. construction and development company. Its president Tom Boghosian, who was at the meeting, spoke up in the public comment period and made the pledge.

Boice Park is at Rock City Road and Creekside Drive, surrounding and adjacent to a housing development. Larry Woolbright, park steward for Friends of the Kayaderosseras, said Canham will be working on the Orange Trail, which is in rougher shape than the other two trails at the 100-acre park. The Orange Trail skirts the houses at the northern end of the park, linking up with the other trails. Canham said the boardwalks would be three feet wide, with one 52 feet long and the other 20 feet.

Woolbright said the Friends have done a lot of work on the park over the past few years, and hope to substantially complete it this year with the assistance of other Eagle Scout candidates. Friends President John Battenfield said “We’ll accommodate as many as we can get,” and when the work at Boice Park is done they could also use Scouts at Trieble Park on Route 67 and Middle Line Road.

In other business, the Town Board appointed Bruce Biesenbach to the Planning Board, to fill the unexpired term of Keith Leal. Town Supervisor Dan Lewza said Leal resigned because he could no longer devote adequate time to the position. Biesenbach’s term runs through the end of next year.

Dean Uebrick, a Highway Department employee, was permitted by board resolution “to carry over” 40 hours of vacation time to this year.

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Reporter Bob Conner has worked 21 years in various positions at the Gazette of Schenectady, and before that four years as a reporter at the Glens Falls Post-Star. He won two first-place writing awards from the New York Associated Press Association for newspapers with circulation between 50,000 and 250,000. Bob has a Phi Beta Kappa bachelor’s degree in journalism from New York University, and an associate’s degree in chemical dependency counseling from HVCC. He is a published author and is currently writing a historical novel about the last four months in the life of Ulysses S.Grant


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