Scout has plans set in stone

Boy Scout Tyson Bare, 17, with Troop 128, explains Tuesday afternoon the adobe rock structure that he and his troop will build at the entrance to the Curry County Fairgrounds. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth.

Jack King

A Clovis High School junior told the Curry County Commission Tuesday he wants to build a stone entrance way to the Curry County fairgrounds as part of earning his Eagle Scout rank.
The commissioners approved the proposal by Tyson Bare, 5-0, on the condition that he work with county Roads Supervisor Danny Davis to site the gate.
Bare told commissioners his proposed gate will be at the fairgrounds’ east entrance on Norris Street. It will be composed of a gate and three 9-foot columns topped by an American flag and connected by a stucco wall.
Bare has participated in team roping competitions at the fairgrounds for four years. He said decided to propose the project because Eagle Scout candidates must undertake a task that serves the community and he noticed the fairgrounds entrance looked flat and uninviting.
Bare said he has helped pour concrete for his father Darin Bare, owner of Bigger & Better Septic Tanks, so he has some experience in masonry work. A member of Boy Scout Troop 128, he said about 10 scouts in the troop have offered to help him.
He’d like to start his project Oct. 1 and complete it by Dec. 18, he said.
Tyson’s father, Darin Bare, said the gate will be built at little or no cost to the county. Tyson will solicit donations to pay for some of the work and much of the material will be donated.
The commissioners said a site survey for the county’s proposed convention center by Lydick Engineers & Surveyors is not yet complete. However, that shouldn’t hold up the gate’s construction, because it will sit at the main entrance to the fairgrounds’ parking area.
“Maybe next year we can get another scout to build one on the other side,” joked County Commissioner Ed Perales.
In other business, the commission approved for this year a request from the village of Melrose for $5,000 to reimburse it for the cost of handling trash from county residents at village facilities.