Glenville community members share concerns about proposed shooting range

June 20, 2018 11:46 PM

The Town of Glenville is looking to put a police firing range facility in next to a former landfill. Those who live nearby have a number of concerns.

Billy Bolton is the President of Concerned Citizens of Glenville. He does not want to get used to the sound of gunshots in his backyard. Bolton estimates the proposed location to be about 200 to 250 feet from his house, but that's not the only reason he's opposed.

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"They're going to be building this directly adjacent to a capped landfill,” Bolton said. “They're going to be building this 300 feet from Zone 2 of the aquifer which is a very protected site within the Town of Glenville."

Town Supervisor Chris Koetzle said the town is willing to work with concerned neighbors.

"What we're looking at now is buying silencers potentially for the guns, putting up more noise barriers between us and the property, so there are some things were trying to work with them on,” Koetzle said.

Police would probably only use the facility for 14 to 30 days of the year, and there are already a few shooting ranges in that area.

Bolton said those ranges aren't nearly as close.

"If you were to measure that range of shooting pavilion to the nearest property line it's over 600 feet,” Bolton said. “This range would be a third of that, this range will be 200-250 feet from my property line give or take."

While everyone agrees the officers need a place to practice, neighbors want to make sure the facility is built to comply with the highest standards.

Koetzle said they've been working on these plans for 15 years.

"We can just continue to train people on handguns on rifles by the grace and goodwill of other organizations that allow us to do it when they will allow us to do it,” he said.  "We're now at the point we’re able to fund it so it's going to happen."

Koetzle said they're waiting to get the environmental impact review back from the state. Once that’s received, the town will hold another public hearing. Koetzle is hoping to have the final approval in August, with the facility opening this fall.


Emily Burkhard

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