Eagle Scout Project will upgrade Pinehurst Park
Published 8:41 am Wednesday, July 13, 2016
By Bobby Tingle
PINEHURST — Adrian Willingham is a Life Scout with Troop 1 in Orange. Tuesday night he made a presentation to the Pinehurst City Council revealing plans for an upgrade to the city park. The park is located on West Park in Pinehurst.
Willingham is a well-spoken fourteen year-old who has accomplished most of the requirements for achieving the rank of Eagle Scout. One of his final tasks is his Eagle Project. He revealed to city council his plan to create a reading area with Adirondack chairs and a table he will build with the help of his scout mates.
Councilman John Zerko is particularly grateful for the work Willingham will do. Zerko recalled moving to Orange seventy-five years ago from Oklahoma. At that time the area where the park is located was sparsely populated. His family had a hand in clearing the area where the park now exists. He and his brothers would camp out in the open area in their early years.
Pinehurst Chief of Police, Fred R. Hanauer III, reported briefly on the need to amend prior resolutions related to assistance grants. The amendments, although a formality, were important to ensure continued funding and administration of programs such as the one that has enabled the city to procure body cameras for the entire patrol staff of the city’s police department. Hanauer demonstrated the use of the body cameras while explaining their versatility. The cameras allow officers to provide still photos or video related to their work while on duty. Hanauer reported using his while assisting on a call recently.
Attorney at Law, Tommy Gunn, was reappointed by the council to the position of City Attorney for a one-year term at current rates.
“I have enjoyed twenty-eight years here,” Gunn said. ”T. W. Permenter was a member of the council when I was initially hired.”
The council expressed appreciation for the quality work and wise council Gunn has provided as City Attorney.