Brownhelm trustees pass six-month moratorium on shooting ranges

By Melanie Williamson

At the Monday, November 6, Brownhelm Township Board of Trustees regular meeting, the three trustees voted unanimously to pass resolution 20171106-09, which is a six-month moratorium on shooting ranges.

The resolution states, “Whereas, a large number of issues have arisen with respect to the recent opening of a gun range concerning noise levels and safety concerns; and whereas, there are already numerous gun ranges in around the vicinity of the township; and whereas, the Board of Trustees deems it appropriate to gather information that will enable them to modify zoning and other township regulations to more adequately address the issues and concerns.”

The moratorium approved stated, “No permit shall be allowed or issued for the construction or operation of a shooting range in Brownhelm Township for a period of six months.” Assistant Prosecutor Gerald Innes noted that this moratorium could be renewed at the end of the 6 months.

This comes in response to several Brownhelm residents consistently lodging complaints with the trustees, as well as the zoning board and the zoning board of appeals over the Zero9 Solutions shooting range.

At the November 6 meeting, resident John Perry read a lengthy letter about his views on the Zero9 Solutions shooting range with permit naming issues, disputes with the architectural drawings, and noise issues.  Another resident asked about the Lorain Pistol & Rifle Clubs’ expansion; J Schmalz said that expansion was approved several years ago.  It was noted that there needs to be clarification on procedures for monitoring the noise level.

 

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