New berm planned for po­lice gun range in Ho­bart

Post Tribune (Sunday) - - News - By Karen Caf­farini Post-Tri­bune

The city of Ho­bart plans to build an­other berm be­tween the po­lice depart­ment’s gun range and the Strack’s shop­ping plaza on 37th Av­enue to re­duce some of the noise com­ing from the range.

While the range has been ac­tive for about four years, city of­fi­cials said they’ve only re­cently be­gun re­ceiv­ing com­plaints about noise.

Robert Ful­ton, as­sis­tant to Mayor Brian Snedecor, told the Plan Com­mis­sion on Thurs­day that po­lice of­fi­cers have been do­ing more train­ing with long ri­fles, which could be louder than other firearms.

“They use more ro­bust bul­lets,” Ful­ton said.

Plan Com­mis­sion mem­ber John Spain said he lives in that area and never no- ticed the shooting range un­til re­cently.

“You may want to relook at the time they’re shooting,” Spain said. “It was def­i­nitely no­tice­able,” he added of a re­cent in­ci­dent.

City plan­ner Ser­gio Men­doza said there were set times and days that the shooting range could be used when it was ap­proved by the com­mis­sion.

City engi­neer Phil Gra­lik said there is a 23-foot berm on site with trees planted all along it now. He said the new berm will be sim­i­lar.

In other mat­ters, the com­mis­sion agreed to hold a pub­lic hear­ing to de­ter­mine if res­i­dents in the Trail­view sub­di­vi­sion and at the end of 10th Street near Wis­con­sin Street would pre­fer the city spend $50,000 to make a con­nec­tion to the Oak-Sa­vanna Bike Trail or on im­prove­ments in the sub­divi- sion.

Men­doza said the de­vel­oper of the Trail­view sub­di­vi­sion, which con­sists of 11 houses on a dead-end street, gave the city a $50,000 cashier’s check in 2005 to pay for the con­nec­tion. Men­doza said the money has been held in a safe since then.

But Gra­lik said there are other needs in the sub­di­vi­sion, in­clud­ing streets and street­lights.

“Are we bet­ter off us­ing the money for needs other than the trail con­nec­tion? How­ever, if peo­ple bought their homes be­cause of the trail con­nec­tion, we may need to move for­ward on that,” Gra­lik said.

Gra­lik said if the money is used for the trail, the other ex­penses could fall on the city.

Coun­cil­man Dave Vin­zant, D-4th, said he’d like to in­clude those liv­ing near 10th and Wis­con­sin in the hear­ing as well.

“Hav­ing the con­nec­tion would be valu­able to them too,” Vin­zant said. Karen Caf­farini is a free­lance re­porter for the Post-Tri­bune.

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