Scott disliked the idea of using the paved trail. Even though the Brum Woods Trail Run would be shorter than the half and full marathons they are envisioning elsewhere, events like these “draw serious trail runners who don’t want to run on anything but (natural) trails.”
He added that if the event is allowed here and grows over time, attracting athletes from other locations, “I think it’s an opportunity for a lot of exposure” for Batesville.
Fitzpatrick said he would have misgivings if the event is a for-profit venture. “We don’t ever do a race for somebody’s company gain.” Scott said later events are planned at Versailles State Park, Brookville Lake, Red Wolf Sanctuary in Rising Sun and Muscatatuck County Park, noting that most welcome planned recreational events.
Member Dr. Ed Negovetich understood needing startup money. “I have a little less of a hangup (about approving the race), knowing what the long-term vision is.”
Scott, who is looking for corporate sponsors, said race T-shirts and medals could be purchased at Joan’s T-Shirt Printing and Jim’s Engraving within Fullenkamp’s Sports. “We hope to keep the business in town.”
Fledderman wanted to know more about Southeast Indiana Trail Running and see a business plan “to make an educated decision.” He warned, “The board … and city have to be very careful about a precedent that might be set.” A decision was tabled until the group provides more information.
After Scott left the meeting, the talk turned to the tight parks and pool budgets. Clerk-treasurer Ron Weigel asked about charging a fee for a trail event, perhaps $100. Negovetich recommended $100 or $5 per participant. Baumer pointed out, “If you set it too high, they might as well not even have it.”
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Two more topics • Baumer showed members the proposed 2009 ordinance banning smoking at Batesville parks that was never finalized. Police Chief Stan Holt "is fine with it." BPRB voted to present the ordinance to the Batesville Board of Works and city council for review and approval. • Increased public pool fees determined by the co-managers most likely will be presented to the council for approval at the Jan. 13 meeting, according to Fledderman.