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.