"Most 5Ks are small and benefit local charities and children and supported completely by volunteers," Dale said.
City Councilman Adam Knauff said he invited Girls On The Run to the meeting and shared Dale's concern about the policy.
"Right now they're hearing $500 or nothing," Knauff said during the meeting. "Until we get a policy established, can we not work with these groups . . . with the fee and location and things like that?"
City Manager David Molgaard said the policy hasn't been implemented yet, but the cost to the city to close streets and provide law enforcement for races "is a problem."
"In trying to resolve and to balance our budget, we're looking at areas that continue to impact," Molgaard told council members. "These races are a growing phenomenon."
Molgaard said his office has come up with two standard race routes -- one on the East End and one in Kanawha City -- that would be options for organizations looking to keep their costs low. If a group wants to close down Kanawha Boulevard or several streets throughout the city for a race, Molgaard said, the city "is going try to recoup our costs to do that."
The city is building into its budget -- available at the next council meeting -- a proposed fund that would provide assistance to groups in need that want to organize races, Molgaard said. The Parks and Recreation Committee would distribute that money -- about $20,000.
In other news, the council:
• Heard from Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau President Alisa Bailey regarding the upcoming Travel South Showcase. Next week, Charleston will play host to about 550 tourism industry professionals, who are learning about various destinations throughout the Southern part of the country.
• Reappointed Lew Tyree to the Charleston Urban Renewal Authority. Tyree's new term would expire March 3, 2019.
• Approved an application to the Victims of Crime Act grant program for $31,000. Those potential funds would contribute to the salary of the Charleston Police Department's victim services coordinator, Kim Engle. The city is required to provide a 25 percent match of those funds.
• Authorized an application for a Justice Assistance Grant of $87,000 that would fund a Prevention Resource Officer assigned to Stonewall Jackson Middle School, Capital High School and George Washington High School. The city would also be required to match 25 percent of those funds, should they be awarded.
• Approved an application for a Justice Assistance Grant of $280,000 that would provide funds for MDENT -- the Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Network Team. The city would be responsible for a 25 percent match for supplemental salary and benefits costs for each participating agency.
• Authorized the city to administer $130,000 from the Transportation Alternatives Grant program to Piedmont Elementary School for improving sidewalks, crosswalks and removing obstructive plants on Lee Street. A portion of the funds also would provide education and outreach regarding walking and biking to school.
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