Ryan Scott Ottney
PDT Staff Writer
NEW BOSTON — New Boston Village Council met only briefly during their regular meeting on Tuesday, with a few very special guests quietly watching and learning from the back row of the council chambers.
Scoutmaster Steve Williams brought four members of Boy Scouts Troop 1 from the Sunshine Church of Christ in Minford to the New Boston Village Council meeting to witness local government in action and earn points toward their merit badge in citizenship. Williams said he chose village council because he is already familiar with the New Boston, having been a teacher at New Boston School for many years.
“They could have gone to a school board meeting or something, but I thought a council meeting would be a good thing for them. Out at Minford there’s really nothing going on,” he said. “I wanted them to see parliamentary procedure and the way they make motions and roll call. We don’t always do that at our Boy Scouts meetings, but usually at Boy Scouts they learn leadership.”
Williams was accompanied by scouts Lane Gleim, Braden Hall, Tanner Hall, and Steven McGraw. McGraw also applied the meeting toward earning his communications merit badge.
“It was very nice coming here and listening to how things are done,” McGraw said, adding that he learned about the process of council offering an agenda item three readings before passing or rejecting it formally.
New Boston Village Councilman Junior Williams thanked Steve Williams for bringing his troops to the meeting, and he was pleased that New Boston was chosen as an example of good government.
“We welcome anybody from all over the area (to attend our meetings), and we’re proud of Boy Scouts. Their numbers have been diminishing, and we’re glad to see that they’re still participating and doing good community service for others. Hopefully this will help their merit badge program,” Junior Williams said.
The New Boston Village Council meets on the first and third Tuesday of every month, at 6:30 p.m. in the council chambers of the New Boston Community Center on Rhodes Avenue. The next meeting of New Boston Village Council is April 2.
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