The same day the plaques honoring Burns O. Drake were placed at the entrance to the Hotchkiss baseball park, another project was well underway.
Colton Hall, a Boy Scout with Troop 477, chose for his Eagle Scout project to build a ramp from the park entrance down to the ball field. Hall is the oldest of the five children of Matt and Lory Hall. Over spring break he was working alongside his dad, also a Scout leader with Troop 477, to complete the ramp. When it rains or snows, the hill leading to the park gets slick. The ramp will make it easier for people, including the elderly and handicapped, to access the park and watch the games, said Colton.
A member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Paonia, Hall has worked his way up the ranks to Life Scout. He has one more badge remaining to earn, and has until June, when he turns 18, to complete all of the requirements of an Eagle Scout.
Hall said he's had a lot of help with the project. On one work day, 15-20 people from the troop and his church were working on the project.
Hotchkiss K-8 principal Carrie Yantzer suggested Hall take on the project, which was started by HK-8 shop teacher Harold Burch. To pay for it, Hall held a GoFundMe fundraising campaign. Material was donated by Alpine Lumber in Montrose and Dependable Lumber in Paonia, and Home Depot in Montrose donated $50 in supplies.
Burch and his shop students are also making benches to be placed near the ramp, said Yantzer. Hall said he hopes to complete the project this spring.
On Dec. 4 Delta County Commissioners Doug Atchley, Mark Roeber and Don Suppes denied the application of Paonia Holdings, LLC for a change of land use for the property at 41322 Highway 133, with an adjacent residence at 41402 Highway 133 and an ancillary property at 16180 Stevens Gulch Road.
The property is owned by Bowie Resources, LLC, and was formerly used as a coal load-out site.