Saluda 5k runs to raise funds to restore city hall

Published 3:22 pm Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Saluda officials say it’s time to think outside the box to raise money to restore city hall.

The Saluda Board of Commissioners gave city administrator Erny Williams the go ahead Monday to organize a 5K run as a fundraiser.

Officials on Monday referred to the event as the Fall Run for City Hall, but a definite name has not yet been determined.

Williams said he has begun discussing with area residents and officials how to raise money for city hall renovations. He said the city has a $1 million facility nearby at Saluda Mountain Jamboree and has been speaking with owners Bob and Linda Whitaker about hosting such fundraisers.

During this time of recession, I think its time we look outside the box for Saluda, Williams said.

The city is talking about hosting three runs per year and is already in discussions with potential volunteers, such as members of its newly formed historical committee.

If all goes well it can be an annual thing that could bring some welcome money for city hall, Williams said.

All commissioners expressed support for the project, with commissioner John Morgan adding that he likes the idea of the city promoting fitness.

The city has historically allowed outside organizations to hold a 5K run during the annual Coon Dog Day festival in July. Some officials said it might as well be Saluda that benefits from events of that type.

The first 5K run is scheduled for Oct. 23 and will begin and finish at Saluda Mountain Jamboree, located off Howard Gap Rd. near I-26.

The city has been discussing the need for city hall and police department renovations for years, but officials have been unable to fund the project. Recently, community momentum in support of the renovations has grown, and the newly established historical committee includes a sub-committee specifically named the city hall restoration committee.