Tucker Commission supports Run For It

PARSONS – The Tucker County Commission voted Wednesday to continue sponsoring the Run For It program.

Rob Burns, executive director of the Tucker Community Foundation, asked the Commissioners Wednesday to continue their match sponsorship for the 2014 event.

“You have graciously donated $5,000 every year for match sponsorship funds,” Burns said. “I am asking that you continue that support again this year.”

Commissioner Mike Rosenau said he wanted to make sure the county’s sponsorship remains the same.

“If we contribute this money to Run For It, we want it to only be spent on Tucker County teams,” Rosenau said during Wednesday’s regular County Commission meeting.

Burns said last year’s winners, the Fresh Canvas, Team Hannah, the Mountaintop Readers, Five Rivers Library Explorers and Riverfront Ramblers, won the $5,000 donated by the commission.

“For last year, the commission’s $5,000 helped leverage more than $93,000 in additional funding for Tucker County,” Commissioner Diane Hinkle said.

“It’s a great investment for our money and for Tucker County,” Commissioner Lowell Moore said.

Hinkle said there is an added benefit to the businesses in the county.

“They are seeing an increase in traffic and sales on Leaf Peeper Weekend,” Hinkle said. “As Run For It grows, so does the Leaf Peeper Festival.”

Burns said the population of Davis is less than 600, but 1,040 entrants take part in the Run For It.

“So were are doubling the town population in entrants alone,” Burns said.

Commissioners voted to continue their sponsorship, with Rosenau and Moore voting for the donation. Hinkle abstained because she is employed by the Tucker Community Foundation.

Also during Wednesday’s meeting, commissioners voted to approve the hiring of Tucker County Extension program assistant applicant Jessica Streets. Extension agent Jennifer Poling said four candidates were interviewed for the position by the Extension Service Committee and subcommittee.

“She best fits the job requirements and we would like permission to hire her,” Poling said.

Commissioners scheduled a meeting for 1 p.m. March 25 in the Tucker County Courthouse Courtroom regarding the J.R. Henry Report on the Tucker County EMS.

The next regular Tucker County Commission meeting is slated for 4 p.m. March 26.