Greene County sheriff wants to reopen Cairo shooting range
Valerie White is reporting for Porcupine Soup the Greene County Sheriff’s Office is looking to reopen its shooting range in Cairo. The facility has been closed for four years, but officials are hoping to see it open again so members can train locally. The range is located on approximately 50 acres of county-owned land near the Emergency Services Center. At the March 2 meeting of the Greene County Legislature Public Safety Committee, representatives of the department spoke with lawmakers on plans for the range. The work required would include the recovery of lead that accumulated over years of shooting, as the shooting range was closed without properly cleaning the environment. Sheriff Peter Kusminsky said the agency is in talks with remediation companies in search of the best solutions. Sergeant Shawn Marriott suggested that a range services firm would be able to remove lead from the hillside. Once the lead is removed, Marriott said, the rear embankment could be reshaped and reangled. In the future, the county could install special boxes to catch the lead. “I think DEC would like that better,” said County Administrator Shawn Groden. “...But if boxes cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, the budget may not allow us to do something like that." Legislator Harry Lennon, who represents Cairo said he has not received any complaints about the range returning. He said in the past there were complaints of excessive noise when outside agencies used the range. If it were to reopen, Lennon said, he would like to see the range used only by the county sheriff's office. Kusminsky said, “We have to have firearms training somewhere, so we are trying to accommodate those needs. The department is looking for the most cost-effective way to do this.” Read the full story at porcupinesoup [dot] com.