Last week the Highland Town Board presented Casey Rosen with a Town of Lloyd Community Pride Award for building a pedestrian foot bridge across a creek beside Mile Hill Road that connects the Hudson Valley Rail Trail down to the Highland Landing Park on the Hudson River. His project was the final requirement for him to receive the rank of Eagle Scout.
Supervisor Paul Hansut recalled meeting Rosen for the first time.
“When you came in last year and you presented your idea, I have to say I was a little bit skeptical but you did an absolutely astonishing job of getting your project done and bringing it to light,” he said. “In today’s age with some of the direction our youths are going in, it’s fabulous that your part of our community and that you were able to do this and we want to recognize you for that effort. So thank you and congratulations.”
Rosen said he appreciated the recognition from the town, adding that, “this is the greatest project I could have ever hoped for.” His project planning book grew to 208 pages with documents, diagrams and drawings on every aspect of his bridge.
Rosen said when he was approached about this project it appeared, “that it was a pretty daunting project and a really big project. It was something I’d never done before, it was an engineering project architecting a bridge. Looking back on it, it was really something, a wonderful experience and really, really fun. It was something very memorable for me.”
Rosen thanked his parents and the friends who turned out to help him with the project.
“I especially want to thank [Highway Superintendent] Mr. Klotz and Mr Litts. They were always ready to help me, always out there answering my phone calls if I ever needed them; really a pleasure to work with them,” he said.
Rosen reserved a final thank you for Peter Bellizzi and everyone at the Hudson Valley Rail Trail.
“Mr. Bellizzi has been there in my troop since my beginning days and he is head of the Rail Trail Association and I really look forward to the whole community getting the benefit of my bridge and this new trail that the Rail Trail is creating, so thank you.”
Bellizzi said Rosen, “did a wonderful job and now that Central Hudson is done with their power lines, I can bring the path down to it.”