Historical Village to become more historically accurate

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By Jason Ruff
The Meridian Times

The Historical Village in Central Park will be getting a new addition, a stacked split-rail fence behind the log cabin.

The project was unanimously approved during the February 10th meeting of the Meridian Park Commission. Eagle Scout candidate Steven Harrelson, a Meridian resident, proposed the project.

According to Harrelson, the purpose of the fence is to “educate the members of the community on how settlers in the area would plot out their land.”

A split-rail fence was common during the days of the early settlers to mark their farms and homesteads.

Plans call for the fence to be about 75 feet long, stretching from the back of the log cabin down a nearby treeline. The fence itself will be made of red oak and constructed by the Boy Scouts of Troop 97 in mid-April. The planned budget is around $500 which will be raised from a Boy Scout fundraiser.

“It’s a great proposal. Those Eagle Scout projects add a lot of value to the parks,” said Park Commissioner Phil Deschaine.  “I know the adults in that troop will help that young man and make sure it’s done as he specified, and It’ll be a great opportunity for that young man to take leadership in a project like that.”

Deschaine, who recently replaced Teri Banas as park commissioner, attended his first meeting on Feb. 10.

“I’ve always been interested in the parks and public service and the parks commission is the perfect coming together of both,” Deschaine said as to why he decided to join the Meridian Parks Commission.

The commission also announced that Meridian’s annual deer management program had taken 150 deer. The result has been a decrease in deer-related car accidents in Meridian.

“We are seeing some real results from our past four years effort in deer management,” said Parks and Land Management Coordinator Jane Greenway. “We harvested the largest number of deer this past year, 150 total, and it looks like the car accidents are finally going down.”

The program usually focuses on antlerless deer, to help curb the reproductive population, but hunters are allowed to take one buck. The leftover venison from the animals not taken as trophies were donated to the hungry via the Haslett Community Church and the Okemos Community church. More than 1,600 pounds of venison were donated.

The Meridian Parks Commission also voted to extend the lease on the Sander Farm Natural Area for 10 years through 2025. The commission also announced at the end of their session that the public hearings for the 2015 grant projects would be held at 2 p.m. March 10.

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