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Archive for Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Douglas County Commission OKs permit for firing range; owners to vote Nov. 14

October 26, 2011

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A firing range established with a handshake 40 years ago is in line to receive an operational permit, and all the rules and regulations that go with it.

Now it’s up to the folks who own the place north of Lone Star Lake — all active-duty or retired law-enforcement personnel — to see whether they agree with the conditions of a new conditional use permit.

The vote is expected Nov. 14, as members of the Lawrence lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police gather to potentially end what has been a five-year effort to satisfy Douglas County requirements, appease nearby neighbors, and accommodate training and personal requirements of FOP members and area law-enforcement agencies to properly shoot pistols, rifles and other firearms.

Douglas County commissioners approved the permit Wednesday evening, sending the two-page document along to the 250 members of the FOP’s Lawrence lodge for ratification.

“I think this has a decent change of passing,” said Dan Affalter, a retired captain for the Lawrence Police Department, who has been heading the lodge’s permitting committee for the past five years.

The permit would limit hours of operation, mandate filing of a plan for managing lead levels on the site and require that the lodge find a way to reduce noise levels affecting nearby residences.

Suggestions have included putting up a berm alongside the pistol range at the 94-acre site, something county commissioners have indicated a willingness to help accomplish — possibly using county equipment, county personnel or even county funds.

“Let us know how we can assist, when the time comes,” said Jim Flory, commission chairman.

The lodge plans on working with a sound specialist to determine what changes, if any, could be made to the site, which was established in 1967 and had its lodge built in 1971 — all, Affalter said, with verbal approval from county leaders and construction help from neighbors.

“We don’t want to waste time and effort on something that’s not going to work,” Affalter said after Wednesday’s meeting. “We will make a good-faith effort to do everything we can to make it better.”

Comments

Flap Doodle 3 years, 1 month ago

We all need some of those Hollywood-style silencers that can reduce the blast from a .50 cal to the decibel level of a mole tooting. A few of the never-run-empty magazines would also be nice.

Angela Heili 3 years, 1 month ago

That's crazy how quiet that gun is!! If it wasn't for the recoil and the shell being ejected, I about couldn't tell that you were firing it.

Nonsense 3 years, 1 month ago

Hey cheese, I agree, but don't you have some probationers to check on?

skinny 3 years, 1 month ago

Ya, kind of stupid. They've been out there since 1970 and it' out in the middle of nowhere!

BlackVelvet 3 years, 1 month ago

Kind of reminds me of the man who purchased a home near the railroad tracks and then demanded that the trains not blow their whistles.

Wonderingwhy 3 years, 1 month ago

Suggestions have included putting up a berm alongside the pistol range at the 94-acre site, something county commissioners have indicated a willingness to help accomplish — possibly using county equipment, county personnel or even county funds.“Let us know how we can assist, when the time comes,” said Jim Flory, commission chairman. Someone please explain to me why the county would supply equipment,personnel or money for this. Let the FOP lodge pay for the work themselfs or open it to the public then you can use my tax dollars. If you have equipment and personnel just sitting around come to my house and build me a pond then you will have all the dirt you need for your berm.

BlackVelvet 3 years, 1 month ago

The FOP allows the Sheriff's Dept and Lawrence Police to train at their facility. That is probably why Commisioner Flory is willing to assist the FOP in certain ways.

Jim Phillips 3 years, 1 month ago

BV, that is exactly the case. The neighbors claim they are not complaining about the individual members using of the lodge, just the training aspect from the PD and the SO. I found this was not the case when one neighbor complained about us shooting too early (9:30 AM) last Sunday when I taught a handgun safety course out there. There were seven students in the class.

As far as opening it up to the public, that's not really a viable option for insurance and security reasons.

somebodynew 3 years, 1 month ago

I know the FOP won't do this, as they are too classy, but I would have liked to see them to tell the City and County and the State to go elsewhere for their training.

Let the people really bi****h when they see how much it would cost the taxpayers to have to pay for a new facility. All they would have to do is look at Shawnee County and how much their new facility cost because neighbors complained.

And Yes, wondering that is why the City and County help out occassionally. The FOP allows them to use their (private) property for training and has for as long as it has been there. Call it rent if it makes you feel better.

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