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INDEPENDENCE — Grayson County is reloading its search for a shooting range location after a previously identified site was deemed to be unsuitable.
County Administrator Jonathan Sweet updated the board of supervisors on the proposed location at the closed Grayson County landfill across Cornerstone Road, during the board’s regular meeting earlier this month.
Sweet also said the county has found additional funding above the $25,000 grant the National Rifle Association has provided the county for building the range.
He said concerns about what’s under the soil and where the landfill cells start and end were among the reasons the site is no longer being considered. “We just don’t think it’s a suitable location for this type of endeavor. There are a lot of questions that could cost the county a great expense and would not make the project feasible. We’re discontinuing that site.”
Sweet said the board didn’t have to do anything “official” to remove the site from consideration.
The proposed site raised numerous concerns from neighboring property owners during various meetings in recent weeks.
Sweet told citizens at those meetings that the site was only one of the proposed locations, and that testing was being done on the soil to determine if it was a viable option.
In a memo to the supervisors dated Dec. 17, 2012, Sweet said that county staff “respectfully recommends, based on the results of the gas monitoring performed by REIC, to discontinue consideration of constructing a public shooting range at the proposed site… due to the potential presence of lingering decomposition gases remaining on the site and the likely costs to the project to mitigate this potential issue.”
During the supervisors’ February meeting, Sweet said the county would continue to seek a location for the shooting range and will put nearly $75,000 towards the construction of a facility.
Sweet urged any citizens with a location that would and meet the county’s needs to contact his office.
“We want to divert our dollars towards construction instead of [land] acquisition,” Sweet said, noting that it would be ideal if the county could partner with someone who had land available to build the facility.