After a few years of silence on the project, the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision is again moving forward on plans to build a shooting range in Sennett.
The Office of General Services put out an advertisement for bids in The Citizen this week for an "enclosed firing range" at the Auburn Correctional Training Center at 3579 Franklin St. Road. General services is receiving sealed bids on behalf of DOCCS until 2 p.m. Sunday Feb. 20 when the bids will be opened. Ahead of the bid due date, prospective bidders can visit the job site at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, if they register 72 hours in advance.
Talk about the firing range went quiet for a few years, as Sennett residents and government officials criticized the plan and voiced concerns at a December 2015 public information session. At the time, DOCCS proposed a roughly 3-acre outdoor gun range for training purposes at the state-owned facility. The project's estimated cost was $4.7 million.
The town had concerns about the range's proximity to a neighborhood, local businesses and now a town park across the road. Noise was another concern. As a result of the 2015 meeting, state officials decided to proceed with developing plans for a smaller, indoor facility.
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