Parks board’s grant request for storage building denied

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CANNELTON – The Perry County Parks and Recreation Department’s request for a $31,900 grant from the Schergens Foundation for a new storage building at Eagles Bluff Park has been turned down. But if the parks board can run 31 more 5-kilometer runs, it could raise the money for the building itself.

Perry County Recreation Director Adam Tempel told the board at Wednesday’s meeting that the department made $1,000 on the 5K race it ran at the Derby River Fest Oct. 6.

“It went really well . . . a whole lot better than we thought it would,” he said.

He said 77 runners competed. Two others pre-registered but did not show up on race day.

Though it went well, Tempel said, “I’ve got a list of things to do differently” to make it even better in the future. That includes putting mile markers on the course and expanding the number of medals awarded to the top three in each age group.

Grant request denied

After delivering that good news, Tempel told the board, “The Schergens Foundation chose not to fund our request” for the money to build a 30- by 40-foot storage building at Eagles Bluff to house the department’s lawn mowers and other equipment.

The parks department is obtaining 30 concrete parking curbs for Eagles Bluff from the former General Electric factory in Tell City.

Helping hand

GE has agreed to help load them when Tempel picks them up. “We just have to come up with a way to unload them to make it work,” said Tempel.

Because of their heavy weight, a fork truck is almost required for that task. Board President Dan Peter suggested asking Best Chairs of Cannelton to borrow its fork truck.

In other business, Tempel noted that the 2013 Perry County budget was adopted by the county council earlier Wednesday and “according to what Connie (Berger, county auditor) told me, we got the budget we requested.”