Coosa High School student Brandon, 15 — who was working with his fellow Scouts on Saturday despite a persistent drizzle — got the idea of putting the fence up along Georgia Avenue because of an annual joyride happening in downtown Cave Spring on Cedar Creek.
“Glenn (Smith) kept telling me a story that a guy would get his four wheeler into the creek and tear it up about once a year,” Brandon said. “That pollutes the creek downstream and isn’t good for the wildlife. People fish out of this creek so it isn’t good that this guy is doing this.”
The previous fence — made of metal posts painted yellow pushed into the ground with a wire running through the tops of the posts — has now been replaced by 4x4 posts being held in the ground with concrete. And 42 inches above the ground a long, thick rope runs between each post. It was a lot of work for only a handful of Scouts, but it would have been even more difficult without the helping hands, said Brandon.
“We could have done it by ourselves,” Brandon said, “but it would have taken a lot longer.”
He also had some help from Lowe’s, which donated a $100 gift card to help purchase materials for the project.
Brandon said he was glad to do the work, especially since it helps keep the creek clean for the wildlife that lives there.
“Lots of people just do these projects for the appeal,” he said. “I thought when I did mine it should be beneficial and more than just about appearance.”
The son of Stacy and Scott Ray, Brandon expects to graduate with the class of 2016. He said he hasn’t thought about his future plans yet but hopes that wherever he ends up earning the rank of Eagle Scout will help him.
“Lots of people have told me that it looks good for applications for college and jobs after college,” he said.