June 17, 2013
Scout building DMV shelter
Groton teen raising money for Eagle Scout project on River St.
Tyler Totman is trying to earn his Eagle Scout rank by building a place for people to wait while friends and family take their road tests.
Totman, with Troop 79 in Homer, plans to construct a public shelter on River Street, where the Department of Motor Vehicles road test site is located.
In an effort to raise funds, the Groton resident held a bottle and can drive from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the DMV parking lot at 112 River St. in Cortland.
Helping out were fellow troop members David Guest, 17, of Homer and Andrew Urda, 16, of Homer, along with Tyler’s mother, Christine Totman. When asked what they thought about building the shelter, everyone agreed it was something worth supporting.
“It’s a good way to get the Boy Scout name out there,” Guest said.
Christine Totman said a lot of people who heard about her son’s project liked the idea. She recalled a conversation she had with a woman who often drives by the testing site.
Totman said he came up with the idea after speaking with a scout mother who said she had to stand outside in the winter while she was waiting for her son to take his road test.
He also said he lived on Central Avenue before his family moved to Groton when he was 5 years old, so he wanted his project to focus around the park he used to visit when he was younger.
“I’ve always wanted to do something at Dexter Park, Totman said. “I used to go there all the time.”
Mike May, owner of Michael May Construction in Cortland, is Totman’s scoutmaster and is helping with the financial and construction aspects of the project. May says he thought the shelter idea was unique and creative and he was impressed when he first heard about it.
The shelter will be about 6 by 10 feet.
“An adult would look at it and say, ‘Oh, it’s a project,’ “ said May, “but for a 17-year old it’s huge. It’s really huge.”
He added becoming an Eagle Scout is something people take great pride in.
Totman presented his project to the city Common Council in April, and it was unanimously approved.
An Eagle Scout candidate must finish a service project by his 18th birthday and Totman’s is coming up in September.
“He has to go through the Baden-Powell Council,” said Christine Totman. Located in Binghamton, the council serves over 165 different scouting units throughout Central New York and Northeast Pennsylvania.
“He’ll present (his project) and they’ll ask questions. Then they will decide if he gets his Eagle Scout (rank),” she said.
Once that happens, Totman will start building the shelter.
Totman said he has about $800 of the $1,800 needed to complete his project, and he has already received temper-proof glass which was donated by The Glass Smith Inc. located in Homer. He added that if everything goes according to plan, he would like to start building the shelter in mid-July.
To help with Tyler Totman’s project, direct donations and inquiries to Tyler’s attention at 315 Locke Road, Groton, NY 13073, call 607-898-3182 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org. People can also send donations to Michael May at 21A Squires St., Cortland, NY 13045.
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