Block House Creek's 'Tom Sawyer fence project' a win/win

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"margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica;">The

recently completed “Tom Sawyer” fence staining project at Block

House Creek was a success for everyone involved.

"margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica;">Block

House Municipal Utility District worked with local community groups

to complete a volunteer-driven re-staining of fencing along Creek

Run Drive and Block House Drive, saving money and benefitting local

non-profits.

"margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica;">Using

volunteers from local athletic booster clubs, church youth groups

and Boy Scout troops to provide manpower for the “Tom Sawyer Fence

Project” met the district’s goals of involving the community in a

visible project, to promote “ownership” in the project, to provide

opportunities for leadership roles, and to maximize the financial

benefit.

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District maintains almost five miles of fencing along major

roadways in Block House Creek and the fence requires staining at

least every five or six years.  Instead of paying a contractor,

however Director Steve Bennett and former Director Stu McMullen

suggested using volunteers for the work.

"margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica;">Bennett

then contacted Rouse High School Athletics Coordinator, Joshua

Mann, and asked him if it was feasible to get the booster clubs and

youth groups to contribute labor for the project in return for

funding support for their organizations. 

"margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica;">With

Mann’s enthusiastic support, the board’s subcommittee of Bennett

and Mott met with booster clubs and community groups, explained the

proposal and asked for a commitment. Once the district had enough

manpower committed, Bennett contacted a fence stain manufacturer to

get details on the product and arranged a bulk purchase

arrangement.   

"margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica;">The

board subcommittee got back in touch with the boosters, the youth

groups and Boy Scout troops to finalize the plan for the project,

and work began in October of 2010.

"margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica;">The

district saved approximately $19,000 by involving the community in

the project, and provided total funding to local non-profits in

exchange for their labor of $24,217.

"margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica;">The

project went smoothly and the fence looks fantastic, officials

said.

"margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica;">The

district wants to congratulate and express its appreciation to the

volunteers in these fine groups and their leaders, high school

coaches, parents and everyone that supported them in this

project:

"margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica;">Rouse

High School Baseball Booster Club.

"margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica;">Hope

Presbyterian Church Youth Group. 

"margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica;">RHS

Basketball Booster Club.

"margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica;">RHS Swim

Team Booster Club. 

"margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica;">RHS

Project Graduation. 

"margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica;">Boy

Scout Troop 171.

"margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica;">The

Journey Bible Fellowship Youth Group.

"margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica;">RHS

Tennis Team Booster Club.

"margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica;">Cub

Scout Pack 171.


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