New Franklin Council hears concerns about shooting range

Several concerns have been brought forward by residents in regard to people firing guns excessively on several properties in the city.

During the Aug. 21 city council meeting, council heard from Kortney Baker about a shooting range which has been established on a neighboring property behind her home.

While Baker has no problem with shooting, she is concerned about a dirt backstop they are shooting into and said at one point there may have been as many as 40 people on the property firing guns.

She said the shooting has become excessive and believes a class may be being conducted on the property.

Baker said the owner of the property has been respectful, but she wonders how experienced those who are shooting are.

Mayor Paul Adamson said the city has received a few complaints about this property, which doesn’t have a home on it. He said the city doesn’t have an ordinance in regard to people shooting on their property, but the excessive shooting could be a violation of the city’s noise ordinance.

City Council hopes to gather public input on the subject and in the future work to put together some legislation to balance the issue.

In other business Aug. 21, city council:

– Approved the Akron-Summit County Energy Special Improvement District Residential Plan. The plan allows for homeowners to pay for energy-efficient upgrades over time. Chris Burnham, president of the Summit County Development Finance Authority, gave a presentation on the plan. Some of the upgrades could include a new furnace, roofing, windows doors and insulation to name a few. There is no cost for New Franklin to participate in the program, which is expected to be rolled out in late this year or in early 2020.

– Approved to prepare and submit an application to participate in the Ohio Public Works Commission State Capital Improvement Emergency Program.

– Heard from Adamson about the sewer project, which the design is expected to be done by the end of the year. He said the earliest construction would start would be in fall 2020. Construction would likely take 18-24 months and no assessments are expected to happen until the project is complete.

– Announced the Lakeside Clambake will take place 6 to 10 p.m. Sept. 20 at the Tudor House, 655 Latham Lane. Tickets are $45 per person and include homemade clam chowder, tossed salad, steamed clams, seasoned baked chicken, corn on the cob, glazed sweet potatoes, rolls and a selection of beer and wine. All proceeds will benefit Tudor House capital improvements. Tickets can be purchased by calling 330-882-4324.

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