Eric Tronc, a Boy Scout from Troop 2810, chartered out of Salem Lutheran Church in Sycamore, completed his Eagle Scout project on June 8.
His project benefited Tails Humane Society of DeKalb. He improved two main areas of the dog yard, repaired a fence and gate, and built a leash holder for the animal shelter.
Eric and Nicole Vierthaler, directors of volunteers at Tails, observed that the play group pen, the entry to the yard, and the fence separating the yards needed improvements. At that time, the dogs were able to escape under the fence between the two yards as the surface was muddy and uneven with no base to prevent eroding.
Tronc laid bricks at the base of the fence to prevent the dogs from escaping, in addition to fixing the gate. He then dug out the mud and replaced it with pea gravel to provide a better surface and to prevent further mud. He also created a limestone path and removed old landscaping from the other yard to keep that area of the yard clean.
Completing this project will help not only the humane society, but also the families who adopt the dogs. Tronc’s final addition was a cedar leash holder that he built for the play yard. The leashes no longer have to be clipped to the fence, and are organized and hanging from above the fence so they do not drag on the ground.
Tronc had approximately 20 scouts and volunteers who helped work on the project.
He received several monetary contributions and donated materials. Jake Dykstra of Cord Construction gave material recommendations and general worksite plans. Doty and Sons donated two yards of pea gravel. Mike Gilmore loaded the gravel into a pickup truck. Wagner Excavating donated eight yards of limestone for the paths and landscape area. Lowe’s of DeKalb discounted the bricks and flagstone. Provident Direct donated and printed the check for presentation to the beneficiary. Associates In Counseling donated the pickup truck rental and food and drink for the volunteers. Alexander Lumber donated the cedar wood for the leash holder and Will Domke donated the hardware and his time to build the leash holder.
Because of everyone’s generosity, Tronc was able to give Tails a $2,100 check on top of the improvements that were completed.