While the turn out was a bit smaller, the discussion was every bit as lively for a work session on the proposed Crossville Shooting Sports Park held at city hall Tuesday evening.
It appeared few minds were changed by the discussion that included statements from the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and Cumberland Co. Mayor Kenneth Carey who promoted the project, according to his statements, not as Co. mayor but as a private citizen interested in promoting a strong youth shooting program. Carey said that he had been a youth shooting coach and knew the benefits of the program.
Cumberland County Mayor Kenneth Carey addresses the council
on the Shooting Sports Park
TWRA's Jim Bledsoe also addressed the matter of the $2.2 million grant
being tied to the current property and any changes could possibly
send the funds to another county.
But the opposition remained to the project location. Several of those who spoke against the project said they supported such a shooting sports park, just not where is it proposed on city property off of Albert Frye Road just north of I-40. There appear to be between 5 and 7 residences along Albert Frye Road. Additional homes on Chestnut Hill Road near I-40 have also complained about possible sound issues.
Cabin that is adjacent to the city property proposed for the
SHooting Park. The city property starts at the tree line.
While no decision can be made at a city council work session, a proposal to hold a demonstration shooting on the site for property owners in the area to hear the effects of gunfire on the site was discussed and set for Saturday morning April 1, at 10 AM.
The next time that a meeting on the topic might be held is on April 4, the date of the council's next regular work session.
We will have more to report on the meeting including videos of some of the comments coming.