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Park Board considers go-kart racing

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Clay County Search and Rescue (CCSR) Chief Derek Eaglin approached members of the Brazil Parks and Recreation Board Tuesday evening to ask the board's permission to sponsor a go-kart race to benefit the CCSR in Forest Park.

"Our funding has been cut, and we can't apply for state and federal grants like the fire and police departments," Eaglin said. "We can't get anything. If we need money we have to raise it ourselves."

Eaglin added he's spoken with Brazil City Mayor Brian Wyndham, members of the Brazil Rotary Club and other public officials, and they've all been in favor of the idea.

During the meeting, the board tabled the issue saying they wanted to support the CCSR. However, they agreed Eaglin should return to the May meeting after completing research regarding the involvement of the Southern Indiana Racing Association, the costs of the event and expected profit margins if the park board grants the request.

"We've turned other people's request for this same thing down," Park Board President Ruthann Jeffries said. "We'd really like to help the (CCSR) raise this money. If we allowed you to do this it would be a one time deal, not an annual thing."

Board members discussed the wear and tear the event might have on the park facilities and asphalt walking track.

The board expressed they were concerned what the possible expenses involved to repair the damages might add up to.

They told Eaglin he and all the drivers involved would need to provide liability insurance, and the park board would have to create a contract they all could agree on.

In addition, baseball coach Kent Bass requested the park board's permission to name the remainder of baseball diamonds in the park that have not already been dedicated to someone.

Bass suggested they leave the main diamond at Roy Brann Stadium to honor Brann.

He also said he'd like to see the minor league diamond honor Tony Jeffries, the rookie diamond to honor Francis Spencer and the major league stadium to honor Sonny Smith.

Bass added he didn't want to make the decision without first requesting the permission of the board.

However, board members told Bass they didn't see why he'd need their permission, and that those dedications were appropriate as long as the Brann Stadium and diamond remained dedicated to Brann.

Meanwhile, board members accepted a bid from Quality Fence for $780 to repair vandalism damage caused by an alleged drunk driver who crashed through the park's fence and equipment.

Board Treasurer Linda Messmer made the motion with Secretary Caroline McCullough giving the second.

The park board also approved two other repair projects totaling $700.

The projects include fixing the slide at Craig Park and repairing cracks in the pool.

In other park board news:

* The board discussed the removal of tree stumps in Forest Park and the removal of a tree in Craig Park,

* Messmer and McCullough discussed the idea of purchasing and replacing trees throughout the parks, and they plan to revisit the idea when the park board's budget allows for it, and

* The park board is waiting to hear back from the insurance company regarding hail damage repairs for the parks.

The board meets regularly on the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m., at Brazil City Hall.

The next park board meeting is scheduled for May 8.

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"Board members discussed the wear and tear the event might have on the park facilities and asphalt walking track."

Really??? It's a dang go-kart track and they won't allow go-karts on it? That's one the stupiest thing I've ever heard! That was built as a go-kart track, it's always been a go-kart track and it WILL always be a go-kart track even if you keep referring to it as a "walking track". It was NOT built to be a walking track! Get your heads on Ladies!!!!!!

-- Posted by Proud of My Country on Wed, Apr 18, 2012, at 5:04 PM

I'm not proud of people who make comments like this. This track is use ever day as a walking track.

-- Posted by lewis76 on Wed, Apr 18, 2012, at 6:03 PM

I understand that it is used EVER day as a place to walk. To call it a walking track is fine BUT....it was built to be a go-kart track. Let the karts race on it so CCSAR can raise some money. I'm sure they will take care of any damage should any occur but it is STILL a go-kart track donalde53.

And those Ladies are old enough to remember when we used to have kart races on the go-kart track ALL the time as I'm sure you are too!

Have a great evening....I know I will!

-- Posted by Proud of My Country on Thu, Apr 19, 2012, at 4:13 PM

Last race $800. profit,LOL

-- Posted by lewis76 on Thu, Apr 19, 2012, at 7:42 PM

profit is profit. This is why people are always complaining that there is nothing to do in this town. I think it is a great idea. I remember when they used to race there and always liked to go watch the races.

-- Posted by MS660 on Fri, Apr 20, 2012, at 5:28 AM

They could always host a circus, then have an article about it in the next days' paper, after it's over!

-- Posted by My Dime on Sat, Apr 21, 2012, at 4:15 PM

Come on people...Profit is profit. CCSR needs the money to operate. They are an all volunteer group that is medical and extrication trained. They respond 24/7 to each and every emergency in and around Brazil. You people need to think about that the next time you or someone you love calls 911 in the case of an emergency. They are getting out of their warm beds or leaving their hot meals to help you!!! Lets get together and help them!!!

-- Posted by bandforever on Wed, Apr 25, 2012, at 10:17 PM

I agree, I always looked forward to spending the afternoon watching the go-cart races, it is something you can do to spend time with your family and for free. Lets all support one another in this community!

-- Posted by sixfoottown on Fri, Apr 27, 2012, at 3:15 PM

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