Scout honored in Chadds Ford

Chadds Ford Township supervisors and state Rep. Craig Williams honored resident Akash Patel for Patel’s Eagle Scout project.

Supervisor Noelle Barbone said Patel’s project involved building and delivering two tables and four benches for township building staff and two benches for outside the building’s front door.

Akash Patel

Williams, R-160, read the proclamation of appreciation on behalf of the supervisors. That proclamation reads, in part, that the furniture will enhance the character of the township building, that residents will enjoy them for years, and that the project shows Patel’s leadership skills as he worked with fellow scouts who helped him with the project, and in dealing with township requirements.

While the project is complete, Patel, a member of BSA Troop 31, said he still needs to finish some paperwork and earn another few merit badges before finally achieving the rank of eagle scout. That should take until the end of summer, he said.

Williams — a scout leader and certified merit badge counselor — offered Patel whatever help he needs in getting those remaining merit badges.

“Whatever you have to do, feel free to find me,” Williams told Patel.

But Williams also spoke about other issues. As he did the night before during the Concord Township Council meeting, he told Chadds Ford supervisors that he had taken PennDOT’s Delaware County maintenance supervisor for a ride along Route 1 to show where that road and other roads need work.

“As you know, in Chadds Ford and Pennsbury, things are, let’s just say rough, to be kind. I made a point to make sure he saw and felt every hole in our roads,” he said, adding that the maintenance supervisor acknowledged how rough a shape the road is in.

And, as Williams said in Concord, he received a commitment of quarterly meetings and reports on what PennDOT will be doing regarding road improvements in the district.

About Rich Schwartzman

Rich Schwartzman has been reporting on events in the greater Chadds Ford area since September 2001 when he became the founding editor of The Chadds Ford Post. In April 2009 he became managing editor of ChaddsFordLive. He is also an award-winning photographer.

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