Sunman Council okays proposed 5K run

Wanda English Burnett


Members of the Sunman Town Council were in agreement about a proposal for an event that could potentially bring hundreds of runners to their town.

Rita Seig, with Southeastern Indiana Voices For Children, explained she wanted the town’s approval before making any further plans for the event that would bring awareness to the need for volunteers for the CASA (Court Appointed Self Advocate) program.

Seig noted that in Ripley County there are many children on a waiting list in need of a CASA. This is someone who is the eyes and ears for a child who has been abused or neglected.

The program has gone from nine volunteers to 14 in a short time, but Seig’s goal is at least 20.
She said there are lots of surprises for the proposed 5K run, which is in the planning stages. The event, one she hopes becomes an annual one, promises to be a great kick-off to the holiday season in early November. It would generate some funds for training for volunteers, but more importantly bring awareness to the need for volunteers for the program.

Council members, Mike Wolfe, John Campbell and Wayne Jenner, along with clerk-treasurer Kris Schneider, gave their blessing for the event to be held in Sunman. They cautioned Seig to get with their police department for safety reasons. She said she was one step ahead and had already contact Marshal Bill Dramann.

In other business:

• A survey about the Sunman Community Park is available for residents to pick up at the town hall, FCN Bank, and Tha Store Café.

• Resolution 1-10 was passed approving the town as the fiscal agent for a grant for J&J Packaging.
• Cindy Campbell requested an extension on getting a mobile home moved. Council explained she has 60 days to which she agreed that wouldn’t be a problem.

• It was reported that members of the East Central baseball team painted several picnic tables at the town park as part of a community service project.

• A grant for $1,000 from the Ripley County Substance Abuse Council will be used for monitoring equipment for the police department.

Marshal Dramann asked about the possibility of getting a sidewalk on Eastern Avenue in light of an accident involving a pedestrian recently. Council will look into the matter.

The marshal’s report for April and part of May included: 14 VIN checks; 43 traffic stops; 8 investigations; 8 citizen complaints; 15 charges filed; 6 dog complaints; 2 criminal arrests; and many other activities keeping the marshal and reserve deputies David Bruns and Brian Maynard busy.

The next regular meeting of the Sunman Town Council will be June 17 at 6:30 p.m. at the town hall building.