Greenville Boy Scout plans to improve Monroe Cemetery

By Meghan Nelson • Last Updated 1:42 pm on Friday, April 14, 2017

This summer, as part of John “JD” Johansen’s Eagle Scout project, several trees within Monroe Cemetery will be cut and cleared to create more usable space. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

MONTCALM TOWNSHIP — John “JD” Johansen is planning on spending much of his time at Monroe Cemetery this summer before he starts 10th grade at Greenville High School.

The Boy Scout and 14-year-old grandson of Montcalm County Commissioner John Johansen planned out his Eagle Scout project and brought his proposal — typed out in several pages — to the Montcalm Township Board on Wednesday night.

John “JD” Johansen, 14, reads the details of his Eagle Scout project proposal during Wednesday night’s Montcalm Township Board meeting. JD wants to improve, maintain and create more usable space in Monroe Cemetery for his Eagle Scout project. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

“The overall objective is to improve the appearance of the cemetery, perform much-needed maintenance on the frontage fence and provide additional usable space by removing brush and autumn olive,” JD explained.

His project includes removing a portion of the fence for Consumer’s Energy to get into the cemetery and cut down several trees. When he reinstalls the fence, it will be repaired and brought to the correct boundaries of the property.

“This project will have 15 subsections … that I will be managing and overseeing” JD said. “It will span over summer and early fall.”

Other Boy Scouts in Troop 111 of Greenville and JD’s family members and neighbors will help him with the ambitious project. When it comes to operating power equipment and heavy tools, adults will be doing that portion of the work.

“I toured this with John and went over the project with him last week,” Township Supervisor Mike Adams said. “It’s going to really define our cemetery boundaries. It’s much-needed work.”

The fence and gates around Monroe Cemetery will be removed and repaired as part of John “JD” Johansen’s Eagle Scout project. JD is the grandson of Montcalm County Commissioner John Johansen, and his family owns property adjacent to the cemetery. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

JD said he decided to use this as his Eagle Scout project because he has several family members who are or will be buried in Monroe Cemetery. His parents’ property currently borders the cemetery. Last August, the Johansen family donated a portion of their property to the cemetery.

The estimated cost of the project for Montcalm Township was $298, according to JD’s packet. However, John said the family will help cover the cost so it won’t cost the township anything. He also informed the board that the project will be supervised.

“Whenever there are Boy Scouts there, the troop leader will be there,” he explained. “Whenever there are other people there, I will have that responsibility.”

The township board unanimously approved the project and complimented JD on his application.

JD’s project is the second Eagle Scout project the Montcalm Township Board has approved in two months. At the March 15 meeting, the board approved Jacob Visser’s Eagle Scout project.

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