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The Hobart Scout Cabin.

HOBART — The city has made some operational changes for the scout cabin in Pavese Park.

A family many decades ago donated the property to the city with the intent it be used only for scouting purposes.

Although the cabin has long been used by both the Boy Scouts of America and Girls Scouts of America groups in Hobart, city code has only referenced the Boy Scouts, Clerk-Treasurer Deborah Longer said.

The City Council on Wednesday changed that after adopting an ordinance adjusting the makeup of Hobart’s Scouting Board, which is responsible for administering and maintaining the city-owned cabin.

The measure increases the size of the board to five from three members.

It ensures both scouting organizations are represented on the panel by requiring at least two members from Boy Scouts of America and at least two from Girl Scouts of America groups from Hobart.

Members will be appointed by the mayor, and they will serve two-year terms.

Mayor Brian Snedecor said the city also has taken steps to better secure the cabin with a new alarm system.

A new key code system to enter the cabin also has been installed, he said. It will allow the city to know which scouting groups use the facility. Snedecor said it creates more accountability if damage is caused there.

In other business:

* The city honored resident Bob Krebes for his many years of community service in Hobart. Krebes has long volunteered with many groups, including the Friends of Robinson Lake, the Hobart Food Pantry, St. Bridget Roman Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus.

“If there’s anything that requires volunteers in Hobart, usually in some fashion, Bob Krebes is involved,” Snedecor said.

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