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Parks board planning for road race, poker run

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By LARRY GOFFINET

Sports Editor

CANNELTON – The Perry County Parks & Recreation Department discussed everything from a road run to a poker run at its meeting last Wednesday.

The department is still making plans for its second annual 5-kilometer road run at the Derby Riverfest June 22.

Dri-Fit shirts will be awarded to participants this year. County Recreation Director Adam Tempel showed the parks board two proposed logos for the shirts so they could choose one.

The race entry fee is $15 for runners age 13 and older if registering by June 7 and $20 after that to get a shirt. For kids 12 and under, the fee is $10 in advance and $15 after June 7. Checks should be made to Treasurer of Perry County.

All fees are $5 cheaper for participants who do not want shirts.

Corporate sponsorships help keep the fees low. There were 10 sponsors last year but Tempel said he hasn’t started soliciting sponsors for this year yet.

For more information on the race or being a corporate sponsor, or for a registration form, call Tempel at 547-3453 or e-mail him at perryparksnrec@psci.net.

Tempel also told the board that Brian Ludwig of Derby had asked him if he and some friends could use Mulzer Park in Derby for the starting and ending points for two poker runs a year, in the spring and fall.

Ludwig wants to donate profits from the runs to the Perry County Parks Department. Since it is a new event, though, he said he has no idea how many participants it will have.

“He’ll probably make a presentation at the next parks board meeting,” said Tempel.

“We can listen and ask if they want food,” said Parks Board President Dan Peter, suggesting that if the parks board served food at the park during the event it would make more money off it.

In other business:

• Tempel told the board that the department’s 1994 Chevrolet truck “is leaking a quart of oil per week. We need to get it fixed.”

Don Litherland of Greenwood Auto Repair in Tell City told him three possible reasons exist for the oil leaking, which could cost between $75 and $125 to repair.

“I would suggest transferring about $200 into the repairs account,” said Tempel. “We only have $29 in it now.”

The board gave him the OK to pursue the transfer and get the truck repaired.

• The board again discussed the crack in a restroom tank at Wilkerson Park in Rome. 

Tempel suggested “a curtain drain might be something we could do” to keep it from leaking. It would involve digging a 6-foot by 6-foot hole and trenching across a gravel road, which Ed Feix said the county highway department could do.

“We could do it all for about $500,” said Tempel. The board gave him permission to proceed with that plan.