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Albemarle Supervisors Hold First Meeting of the New Year

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The Albemarle County Board of Supervisors has a new chair and vice chair Wednesday, and the county decided to take the next step for a new police firing range at their first meeting of 2014. 

Jane Dittmar is the new chairman and Diantha McKeel is the new vice chairman. Both were voted in unanimously by the board.

The vote on the firing range also saw unanimous approval and is the first step towards what police say is a much needed change. The approval gives Albemarle police the go-ahead to seek out a designer and contractor to build the new facility.

The proposed facility would be located on 172 acres of land in the southeastern corner of the county off of Milton Road. It would be a joint-use facility between the county, Charlottesville and UVA police.

"They have an excellent plan moving forward with the firing range. There's plenty of opportunities for the public to provide comment. We're going to be getting information out to neighbors,” said Brad Sheffield, Albemarle County supervisor.

The county has allotted three months for a contractor to be located and a design to be drawn up. The board also endorsed the long-term plan for the range. The project is expected to span two years and is estimated to cost between $4 million and $5 million.

Supervisors say the neighbors main concern is with the sound level of the range.  County ordinance states it must remain below 40 decibels, and contractors will have to consider this.

Supervisors will need to vote again to give the go ahead to begin construction.

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