Skip to comments.Fire away, county tells Scouts: Temporary permit for shooting range OK'd over protests
Posted on 07/13/2007 11:24:43 AM PDT by fgoodwin
Elbert County commissioners on Wednesday gave Boy Scouts the go-ahead to host two weekend shooting-range events, to the dismay of neighbors who say the shotguns are too loud.
The commissioners' decision went against the recommendation of their planning director and the county sheriff. They granted a temporary permit, on the condition that the Scouts conduct noise tests, limit shooting hours and give neighbors notice of their shoot-a-thons, which raise funds.
But Jay Enyart, who lives across the street from the Scouts' Peaceful Valley Ranch, said after the meeting he was disappointed.
"I feel like this was a political solution where the county commissioners wanted to cut the baby in half and what they gave us was the short end of the stick," he said.
The watershed moment for neighbors was May 19 and 20, when neighbors said Boy Scouts held an event without warning.
"It was like World War III had started, and I was on the front lines," Enyart said.
The Brighton-based Colorado Clays club was soon advertising the new shooting range on the Scouts' ranch and had posted upcoming events there on its Web site, making neighbors of the ranch nervous about more noise.
A Jewish summer camp, J BAR CC Ranch Camp, which is across from the Scouts' ranch, also has expressed concern about the expanded shooting range, saying the noise will interfere with religious services.
The Boy Scouts will have 30 days from Wednesday to apply for a permanent permit, when another hearing will be conducted.
"I guarantee you I don't need a noise study," Enyart told commissioners. "I was there, I lived through it."
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Please ping your Scouting list.
I work trap shoots all the time..it’s no louder than fireworks...these folks are whieing over nothing....
Dear Jay Enyart,
When you move into a neighborhood with a facility that has shooting events and a range, it's going to get noisy.
If you are displeased with our decision, move out. Otherwise, STFU.
Thank you for your time and patience.
Elbert County Commision
I can still shoot in the back yard, one of the reasons I bought almost 700 feet of land in the first place, but it is only a matter of time. Why do people move to rural areas if they don’t like rural customs?
What a bunch of pantywaists.
They ought to feel good that the Scouts are getting some firearm education.
Moved in 6 years ago and now are dictating terms!!
The local Farm Bureau would send brochures to new homeowners in the counties around here reminding them that the property they bought in the winter time MIGHT smell alittle different in Aug..LOL
Good heavens! Hope Mr. Enyart can’t smell the manure from the dairy farm down the way either.
I was checking out roughly 20 deer across my field last Tuesday evening. Got me a little excited about this falls deer season and the sound of all the guns getting sighted in the weeks before hand.
I wonder: What percentage of scouts go on to become responsible voters???
The ones who survive summer camp?
My guess is that he the camp director for J BAR CC summer camp, 15 October 2000 The Denver Area Council has attempted to buy out the J BAR CC camp for well over the market value. Each time, for many years, very generous offers have been rejected
I can not find a neighbor, who is a land owner, named Jay Enyart in the Elbert County Assessors database.
which is owned by JEWISH COMM CTR OF DENVER located at 300 S DAHLIA in Denver.
On the holiest day in the Jewish calendar, Rabbi Steven Foster of Temple Emanuel (Denver) gave a Yom Kippur sermon in which he not only criticized the exclusionary membership policies of the Boy Scouts but also announced that the Scouts were no longer welcome to use the facilities of Temple Emanuel. Rabbi Foster merely reflects the official position of Reform Judaism that gays and lesbians should have the same rights enjoyed by other citizens.
My guess is that he the camp director for J BAR CC summer camp,
15 October 2000
The Denver Area Council has attempted to buy out the J BAR CC camp for well over the market value.
Each time, for many years, very generous offers have been rejected
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