Five Questions: Eagle Scout project gives facelift to ‘veteran’ landmark

By: Daniel Wetter Press Tribune Correspondent
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You may have noticed something different at the Veterans Memorial Hall in Roseville near Royer Park.

Trevor Fischer, a life rank Boy Scout with Troop 11, was behind the change. His Eagle project was to replace the sign for the popular meeting location.

After $2,000 in donations, three months of building and nine months total work, the project was completed (aside from lighting awaiting county approval) a few weeks ago.

“It’s fantastic compared to what we had before,” said Charlie Petersen, a spokesman for the Roseville Veterans of Foreign Wars post. “This (project) came from his heart.”

The Press Tribune spoke with Trevor about his project and what it meant to him.

1. What is the project?

My project was to construct a new sign for the Veterans Memorial Hall in Roseville. The sign is a monument sign, like the type that you would see in front of a church or school.

The sign has an exterior of brick veneer, and the middle is divided into three separate portions.

The lowest portion contains a reader-board plate for sliding plastic lettering in to post messages on the board, the middle portion is meant to allow the groups that use the hall to slide their group signs in, and the uppermost portion has a sign routed with the words “Roseville Veterans Memorial Hall” on it.

2. Why did you choose to renovate the sign?

I have three reasons why I wanted to renovate the sign. One reason why I decided to tackle this project was because the groups that use the hall were concerned with the old sign’s aging, being a 30-plus year old sign.

A bit more significant reason why I wanted to renovate the sign was that I wanted to have a project that gave back to the veterans of our area who have loyally served our country.

On a bit more personal reason, I chose this project because I wanted a project that could withstand for many years and serve as a long-lasting example of what the youth of the country can accomplish, like something I could show my children in the future to show them what they can do when they put devotion and time into a project and work together.

3. What was the sign like before you replaced it?

Before we replaced the sign, the old sign was made of wood and screws, with a concrete base around the wood that held the sign in the ground.

There was a sign that said “Roseville Veterans Memorial Hall” on the top and some group signs that were screwed into the woodwork.

There was no street address on that sign, which was one reason why we included the street address on the new sign. A couple of the pieces of wood on the sign were beginning to deteriorate and grow moss.

4. Were there any complications throughout the project?

Yes, I did have some small permit trouble with the project. When the city told me about the foundation inspection, I had thought that they had said to schedule it after the concrete was poured.

Well, when I met with the inspector for the foundation inspection, he told me that the foundation inspection was supposed to be done before the concrete was poured in.

I felt a little embarrassed about misinterpreting the city’s advice, but no horrid stalling or anything like that occurred because of the issue.

5. Do you feel the new sign makes the area look nicer?

I do feel that the sign makes the area look nicer. The brick appearance of the sign looks good paired with the sign.

Aside from the grass that got killed from all the work, I would say that the sign completely improves the area.