By, Chris Huff
Pottstown Planning Commission: Andrew Keefer, Deb Penrod, Dan Weand, (Boy Scout-Matt Larive) and Christopher Huff. Not pictured: Stephen Toroney.
Be prepard! A key value in the Boy Scout motto that means always
read, willing and able for any situation!
Matt Larive, a scout with Boy Scout Troop 597 in nearby Douglassville, lived up to
that duty when he attended June 26th’s Pottstown Planning Commission meeting.
Matt, accompanied by his mom, came out to fulfill a requirement in pursuit of his
Communications Merit Badge. One of the 9 requirements in achieving the badge is
“attending a public meeting where several points of view are given on a single topic and
present an objective report that includes all points of view.”
Matt intended to sit in the audience and take some notes but Planning Commission
Chairman. Dan Weand proposed a better offer, “Come join us at the table for the
meeting.” Commission member and Council President Steve Toroney was out of town, so
Matt filled in and took his seat– ready, willing and able. Matt took notes on the
discussions of several planned projects that were part of the agenda. With each vote
being unanimous, there was little debate to stir Matt’s pen.
That wouldn’t last long, however, as a topic with many points of view soon came to
the table under the Pottstown Metropolitan Regional Planning Committee report. The
previous night at the monthly meeting of the PMRPC, a presentation was given to an
audience of municipal officials regarding tolling Rt. 422. As County Planner Darlene
Wynne outlined some highlights of the presentation, the Planning Commission members
weighed in with widely varying points of view. Matt quickly and easily filled his notepad
with plenty of material to write his report.
When asked after the meeting what he thought about tolls on Rt.422, Matt said,
“think they would help get roads fixed but I don’t know that my parents will like having
to pay them.” Matt was thanked for his attendance at the meeting and given words of
encouragement in the pursuit of his badge. Other requirements to achieve a
Communications Merit Badge include writing to the editor of a local newspaper to
express an opinion, writing a five-minute speech, interviewing someone you respect and
organizing a troop honor program.
Good luck, Matt!