HERRIMAN, Utah (ABC 4 News) – The City of Herriman could possibly vote on a controversial gun range.
The city says it's been looking into finding a gun range for the past 5 years and when a piece of land donated to them, they thought it was the perfect opportunity, but the residents in Juniper Point say they're not against a gun range they're just against it being so close to their neighborhood and so close to the schools.
Kenny Thomas is a concerned parent who feels he was kept in the dark. “The idea for a firing range was hatched by city employees with no input from residents,” said Thomas.
His children are in junior high. Their school, along with the elementary and new high school would not too far away from to the proposed gun range.
“So this is 3 campuses all concentrated adjacent to where they plan to put a firing range,” said Thomas. “It just doesn't make sense.”
It's about a mile from the gun range to the schools and Thomas says that's too close for comfort, not just because of the safety, but because of the noise.
Residents asked the city to look at other locations, but they say the alternatives were dismissed. Herriman's Assistant City Manager tells ABC 4 News the city considered close to 50 other options, but the proposed site near Juniper Point appears, so far, to be the best fit.
Gordon Haight said, “We told the public these other sites are certainly better, it’s just obtaining it when you look at trying to purchase land with public funds it’s a very expensive process.”
The land for the proposed site was donated by the Sorenson group and it's hard to beat free, but the city says this is just a temporary site until they find a better fit.
Gordon said, “To the city council this was always going to be a temporary site.”
Temporary could mean 10 to 20 years and for the residents of Juniper Point that's far too long.
Thomas said, “We want a firing range, it's just this is not the right place for it.”
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