Proposed firing range causes concern for Broome County residents

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TOWN OF BARKER (WBNG) — Broome County residents said they support law enforcement training, and fully believe in the importance of having police ready at any moment. They just have one problem with a proposed training facility in the Town of Barker.

“Nobody wants a firing range in their backyard,” said Bambi Lewis, a Glen Aubrey resident whose property borders the planned facility.

At a Broome County Legislature meeting Monday, officials outlined a plan to build an outdoor firing range for the Broome County Sheriff’s Office on a donated 60-acre parcel of land out in the country. Broome County Sheriff Harder said his agency is always looking for training opportunities, and hopes the final plan will be supported by residents.

At the meeting, however, everyone who lived near the proposed project spoke out vehemently against it for a multitude of reasons.

“The noise, the environmental reasons, safety reasons because it is basically a flat piece of land, the value of our property,” Lewis said.

Officials said they believe the proposed site of the range would be a suitable fit for it, and there’s not a ton of other possible options. There is an already-existing range, Square Deal Sportsmen, less than a ten minute drive from the parcel of land at 381 Leekville Road.

Josh Rosenblatt

Josh Rosenblatt

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