Vote on shooting range set in Georgetown

Vote on shooting range set in Georgetown

GEORGETOWN — City officials plan to vote next month whether to offer a 25-year lease to a committee that plans to place a shooting range at Oubache Park southwest of the city.

Mayor Dennis Lucas said the city is considering leasing a large portion of the land near the entrance of the park to the committee for $1 a year. The council is expected to vote on the proposed lease on March 18.

The city purchased the 18-acre Oubache Park from the Sportsman's Club in 1994. It consisted of a swimming pool, four buildings, a river, a gravel road to some undeveloped campgrounds, and open fields. The city operated the swimming pool in 1995 and 1996, but closed it in 1997, citing the high cost of running it. The park has not been in use since then.

Committee member Keith Walker brought a proposal to the city council in July 2011 about building a shooting range and starting a gun club at Oubache Park. The four-member committee has spent the intervening months developing the plans for the range, obtaining not-for-profit status, and working with city officials to work out the details of a lease for the property.

Walker has said that construction would begin at the Georgetown Otto Newlin Shooting Range as soon as the council approves the lease.

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