Basalt collecting funds for gun range project
December 18, 2010
BASALT- Basalt is moving closer to its goal of collecting about $40,000 in pledges for a local match that could help secure a grant from the state to sound-proof the gun range.
Basalt has received pledges of $10,000 from Eagle County and $7,500 from Pitkin County. It’s also seeking contributions from community groups like the Eagles Club and the Roaring Fork Sportsmen. The Wilds, a luxury housing development close to the shooting range, will also be asked to contribute, according to Basalt Town Manager Bill Kane. The town government is prepared to kick in a significant amount to ensure the local funds are raised.
The partial enclosure of the rifle and pistol ranges will cost an estimated $163,000, Kane said. Enclosing the area where the shooters fire from will essentially place a “muffler” on the shooting range, he told the Basalt Town Council this week. Some residents have complained that the sound of gunfire is too much of a nuisance at times.
The Colorado Wildlife Commission agreed to reduce hours on weekends at the state-owned range from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., but the board wants Basalt to continue seeking noise mitigation so that hours can be restored. The town is going to seek a grant from the Colorado Division of Wildlife for the mitigation work. The deadline for the application is Jan. 31. If the town lands the grant, it must supply 25 percent of the funds for the project. The work could be undertaken next year, according to Kane.