by Dennis Dalman
Sartell Boy Scout Peter Amundson said he believes there needs to be three more benches and three more trash receptacles in Sartell.
Therefore, Amundson chose a bench-and-receptacle project to do in order to earn his Eagle Scout status.
With poise and confidence, Amundson appeared before the Sartell City Council at its December meeting to explain what he would like to do, with the council’s blessing.
He said he has noticed there are three benches with receptacles near them along walking trails in the north part of Sartell but no similar ones in the south part of the city.
Amundson intends to put ones at places along Heritage Road, Pinecone Road and Roberts Road. They would, he said, be a benefit for walkers or joggers who need a rest, and the receptacles could help litter from ending up elsewhere.
He will contact lumber and concrete suppliers to see if he can get donations or help for the project. He also might contact local businesses that may want to sponsor one, with the business name on a plaque attached to the bench. Fellow Boy Scouts will help Amundson do the project. The benches and receptacles, he said, would be the same style and design as those on the north side of the city.
“Thank you very much,” former Mayor Joe Perske told Amundson. “We’re looking forward to the project. Sounds great.”