By CALVIN PYNN
Tuesday night’s Town Council meeting began with some community presentations, the first of which concerned the annual Color Me Cameron 5k Run/Walk.
The 5k was organized to celebrate the life of Cameron Fitzwater following his death in a car accident in 2012. This will be the second year for the Color Me Cameron Run.
All proceeds from the color run go to a scholarship fund in Cameron’s name, which helps graduating seniors from Pulaski County High School with college expenses.
Cameron’s mother, Terri Fitzwater-Palmore, came before the council to request help funding this year’s 5k. According to her, one of the biggest expenses the event will incur this year will be for help from the Town of Pulaski Police Dept. for $2,300.
Fitzwater-Palmore requested that the council pay the $2,300 to the police dept. to cover overtime costs, which would allow for more money to be put in the scholarship fund to honor Cameron.
According to Fitzwater-Palmore, 421 people participated in the Color Me Cameron run last year, and she expects to exceed that number this year. She also noted that the event was organized through a partnership with the Town of Pulaski.
The police dept. would help patrol where the roads are blocked off to make way for the runners, and members from the Virginia Tech Core Cadet have volunteered to help as well. The event will also feature door prizes and live band.
The council responded positively to Fitzwater-Palmore’s request, considering how successful the first Color Me Cameron Run was last year. With that, the council moved to waive the $2,300 fee for the police department.
“I look for this event to grow every year,” said councilman David Clark. “There is overwhelming feeling brought out by anything tie-dye, and it speaks well to Cameron, and the impact he still has on the community.”
The council also heard a presentation from Safe Haven’s Executive Director Ellen Mitchell. Safe Haven is a nonprofit organization that manages court ordered supervised visitation for children and other victims of domestic violence.
According to Mitchell, Safe Haven survives month-to-month, with reliance on volunteer work and funding from civic organizations, churches, and individuals. She also noted that since starting seven years ago, Safe Haven has served over 350 families in the area.
Mitchell pointed out that the cases dealt with at Safe Haven are getting more and more severe every day, and requested help funding security needs. She cited recent cases of violence in centers similar to Safe Haven, and how they need to prevent such tragedies from occurring.
“We deal with that fear every day, but we’re blessed that nothing has happened, and we need to keep it that way,” said Mitchell. “We need help from anyone that could possibly give us any type of help.”
Mayor Jeff Worrell, along with the rest of the council, agreed to take Mitchell’s request into consideration for the council’s upcoming budget session.
Other items on the agenda included the DEQ Stormwater Grant, as well as project updates on the Water Treatment Plant and the Joint Dispatch project.