Community members come together to repair damaged Boy Scout monument
REED CITY — When Reed City resident Russ Nehmer learned a local Boy Scout monument was vandalized, he knew he had to do something to help.
As an Eagle Scout himself and a longtime resident of the area, Nehmer said he was determined to try to raise money to repair the monument created as an Eagle Scout project for Boy Scout Troop No. 74 several years ago, which consists of four cement tiles with symbols representing different Cub Scout ranks on them and a bronze fleur-de-lis.
"It was a memorial for all the scouts in the area," he said. "It was in my heart that we needed to repair it and get it back to the way it was."
In September, the Reed City Police Department reported the monument, which is located along the Muskegon River between Rambadt Park and Westerburg Park, had been vandalized. According to police, some of the cement tiles were broken and the fleur-de-lis was stolen, but was later found with damages.
Now, Nehmer said himself and other friends, families and neighbors in Reed City have raised approximately $900 toward repairs to the monument.
"There were some people who stepped forward and said they really wanted to help out with the costs," he said.
Nehmer explained the funds should cover the cost to repair the broken cement tiles which make up the majority of the memorial, as well as pour additional cement around the tiles and do some landscaping in the area.
He added there may be additional costs to repair the damaged bronze piece and to install a security camera, but that has not been determined at this time.
Nehmer said he hopes the Boy Scout memorial will be repaired this spring, and would like for it to be a project current Boy Scouts can work on together.
"This is along a nice walking path. People see the monument and know the boy who made it took the time to do a project like this," he said. "Scouting builds character and values, and when people walk by the monument, it leaves a lasting impression."