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Neighbors Concerned Over Proposed Albemarle County Firing Range

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A proposed firing range is drawing more ire in southern Albemarle County. People who live nearby are worried the range will have serious effects on their quality of life, and want county supervisors to do something about it. The topic was brought up at Wednesday's Albemarle County Board of Supervisors meeting.

A new shooting range in the Keene Esmont area has been in discussion since March. It will give police a dedicated place to do weapons training that the county says will improve the safety and effectiveness of police in Charlottesville and Albemarle.

Neighbors who live near the proposed site at the old Keene landfill say not enough has been done to protect them and their property. They are most worried about noise pollution coming from the site at all hours of the day. The county has done sound tests to see how loud gunfire would be in the area, but neighbors say more needs to be done.

One of the neighbors, D.G. Van Clief said, "Our concerns are that they haven't done enough. We don't know. The models on the sound pollution just go a little ways past the range. We don't know how far the sound will travel and what its impact is going to be on surrounding communities and farms. I don't think anybody knows yet."

They asked supervisors to consider putting a roof on the proposed firing range, or possibly relocating the project altogether.

County executive Tom Foley said they would present an update on the firing range project at some point next month.

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