Scottsville Town Council Holding Meeting to Consider Gun Range
Scottsville's Town Council is calling a special meeting Monday night to consider Albemarle County's controversial plans for a police gun range.
The county proposes building a firing range and training facility nearby in Keene. Neighbors there are concerned about disruptive noise and pollution. The council is considering its take on the plans.
"There is never a guarantee that there won't be a stray bullet coming out of a facility like this and it's surrounded by homes," said D.J. Vanclief, who lives near the proposed range.
Vanclief and his neighbors are hoping the proposed police fire range does not end up in their back yard.
"An outdoor range is bad environmentally outmoded technology," said Paula Beazley who also lives near the proposed range.
Many neighbors in Keene have come together through "Save Rural Albemarle" - a group fighting against the gun range. Monday night members plan to speak up at a special called meeting of Scottsville's Town Council. They're concerned about the range harming livestock, devaluing property and the potential toxicity hazard.
Paula Beazley says she's concerned about the location of the proposed range - just a little more than a mile from Yancey Elementary School.
"They've been programmed if they hear gun shots to run inside, if they're facing 4,000 bullets a day, that's 666 an hour, they will never come outside," Beazley said.
Scottsville's Town Council will give the community a chance to weigh in. Council member Dan Gritsko says if the right proposal came along - Scottsville would consider welcoming the project to town.
"It could be a benefit of having increased usage to our town, police officers would come down here, they would train, we as a town would also be able to be helpful to the county because the county is looking for a place right now for the site," Gritsko said.
Gritsko says the range could help boost the town's economy and fill the space of an old manufacturing plant.
A special meeting starts at 7 p.m. Monday night in Victory Hall.
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