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Lehman Twp. residents complain about makeshift shooting range

April 21. 2014 11:44PM
By Camille Fioti Times Leader Correspondent

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LEHMAN TWP. — Residents living near the intersection of Meeker and Ide roads voiced concerns at Monday’s Board of Supervisors meeting about shots being fired at a makeshift shooting range on a nearby property.

The constant gunshots, which occurred on the last three Saturdays, lasted two and a half to three hours each time, they said.

Board Chairman Dave Sutton asked police Chief Howard Kocher what he could do to get the shooters to stop what he said is a dangerous practice, since the shooting range is close to the road and several homes.

Kocher said he’s look into the situation.

“This has to stop now,” Sutton said to Kocher. “This better not go on again this Saturday without someone stopping him. There’s no way that someone going down Ide Road should have to worry about getting shot,” he added.

“They should not be doing it so close to Ide Road,” Sutton said.

Kocher told Sutton that there’s not much he can do about stopping the shooting because it is happening on the homeowner’s property, and there is no ordinance on the books that prohibits such activity on a homeowner’s own property in an Agricultural zone.

“You’re going to have to come up with some kind of ordinance,” Kocher said.

Sutton assured the residents that the board would look into enacting an ordinance that would put limits on target shooting.

“We can’t deal with things overnight,” he said. “But if we tell you that we’re going to deal with it, we’ll deal with it.”

In another matter, Kocher reported the results of a speed study done on March 12 on Old Route 115. Two radar monitoring devices were strapped to telephone poles near Lake-Lehman Junior/Senior High School and another one was located on Market Street near the Huntsville Club.

The report showed that between 2,500 and 3,000 traveled the one-mile stretch between the two points on that day and the average speed was 45 mph, but some, however, were clocked traveling as fast as 65-75 mph. Kocher said the scanners will be used next to study traffic on Jackson and Idetown roads.

In other business, the board voted to hire Municipal Solutions Inc. to conduct an engineering study of all township roads. The cost of the study, which will include weight limit recommendations for each road, is $10,800.

The board also voted to enter into a lease agreement with Verizon Wireless for a 180-foot cell tower, which will be built in the back corner of the township lot behind the municipal garage.

The township will collect $19,200 per year with an annual increase of 3 percent. The township will also collect 25 percent of whatever Verizon charges to other wireless phone service providers that co-locate on the tower.

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