Paxton weighs public use of shooting range

Paxton weighs public use of shooting range

PAXTON — The city council will meet as the police committee after its regular monthly meeting May 13 to further look into the possible use of the city's shooting range for public classes and access.

Earlier this month, outgoing Alderman Bill Goben made the suggestion to do what Gibson City has done because the Illinois Legislature is under a court decree to create a concealed-carry law for Illinois by next month, and Goben said there would be a demand for such uses with many new gun owners.

The council learned the city can be insured for public use of the shooting range by adding a $500 annual rider to its liability insurance coverage. Police Chief Bob Bane pledged to work with the council, though he has said overtime costs to staff the range could be high.

"I'd like to start out slow," Bane said. Bane would like to offer two hours of open range time once a week to gauge demand.

In other business, the council agreed this week to cover the engineering costs to determine if the elevation is sufficient on a portion of Eastview Drive, outside of city limits, to extend the sewer using a gravity flow system. The council has spent considerable time discussing Jennifer Fairfield's request to be annexed to the city and hook onto the sewer. Her house is about 500 feet away from the nearest connecting point, and it would cost her $7,494. Under city ordinance, she must pay the cost. There are six other houses on that street that are not in the city limits.


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Sid Saltfork wrote on May 01, 2013 at 1:05 pm

Sounds like a great place to create a public shooting range.  Paxton is the ideal location.  Hopefully, it will draw the majority of conceal and carry shooters from across the state.  It is ideally located on I-57 south of Chicago so it should get hordes of Chicago residents.  A gun store with a 75 foot sign could be built right off of the interstate.  Paxton could use the proceeds to continue their tall Christmas Tree tradition.  Chief Bob Bane will keep a lid on bad things that do occur.  The only other two businesses needed would be an off the interstate porn store, and smoke shack.  Paxton could use the business.