Groton Teen Plans Road Test Shelter on River Street to Earn Eagle Scout Award
The Cortland City Council has given the green light to a local Boy Scout who is looking to build a shelter near the D-M-V road test site to provide parents a place to wait for their student drivers.
17 year old Tyler Totman of Groton is working on obtaining his Eagle Scout rank with Troop 79 based in Homer; the three sport student athlete came up with his community project proposal after speaking with a Scout mother who had to stand in the rain while waiting for their teen to complete their road test.
Under D-M-V rules a parent of licensed driver who takes a student for their road test, cannot ride in the vehicle during the test, this leaves many people standing outside in the elements near Dexter Park.
Totman says he thought putting a shelter there would be a good idea and a good community project to help him toward his Eagle Badge.
City leaders approved the plan, which has also been endorsed by County Clerk Elizabeth Larkin who oversees the D-M-V.
Larkin has pushed unsuccessfully for several years to provide some form of shelter for the road test area. The city will insure the building and will be responsible for maintenance.
Totman says the building will cost just over $18 hundred dollars, he is working with Mike May of Michael May Construction on the project. Totman is soliciting donations of money and materials, those wishing to support the project can send funds to him at 315 Locke Road Groton or to Mike May at 1793 O’Shea Road, Homer.
Totman plans to have the building completed by June.