McKinney: Luther Owens shooting range could open sooner than anticipated

Sunday, February 10, 2013

BERRYVILLE -- The public shooting range at Luther Owens Park could re-open ahead of schedule and with more to offer area gun enthusiasts, Mayor Tim McKinney told City Council members Monday.

The range was closed to the public in October, after neighbors complained of bullets escaping over a low berm, whistling through the trees, and landing on their sidewalks. Since then, the city has been working to raise the berm.

The mayor had previously said he hoped the range could be re-opened to the public by late spring. However, McKinney said Monday that work might be completed earlier.

He added that the city had decided to double the existing length of the range, from 100 to 200 yards.

Also Monday, McKinney announced a public hearing to consider rezoning of the property at 708 W. Church Ave. -- slated to become the new home of the Carroll County Prosecuting Attorney's Office. The hearing will be held at 5 p.m. on Feb. 21 at City Hall.

The Carroll County Quorum Court approved spending $165,000 to purchase the property last month, after learning the building currently leased by the prosecutor would no longer be available next year.

In other business, council members:

  • Approved the installation of a streetlight on Adams Street, at the request of Dean and Harriet Hill.

  • Approved Council Woman Linda Riddlesperger's recommendation that "children at play" signs be placed on Clive Street in the area of Amanda and Kristy Avenues.

  • Declared Feb. 10 to 16 "Ronald McDonald House Week." The charity, which receives major support from McDonald's, provides a "home away from home" for the families of hospitalized children through their network of Ronald McDonald Houses.

Council members will next meet at 6 p.m. on Feb. 19 at Berryville City Hall, located at 305 E. Madison St. For more information, call 870-423-4414.

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