The Grimes County Commissioners Courtroom was packed recently as both opponents and fans of Todd Mission’s Renaissance Shooting Club discussed ways to deal with matters of concern to some of the facility’s neighbors.
Besides sound abatement issues, the discussion mainly centered on safety, especially having to do with neighborhood children, as spokesman Harold Merrit shared with County Judge Ben Lehman regarding shooting berms.
Merit said he’d seen a small pile of dirt get 20 kids on it at a county fair, to which Lehman countered he’d seen 50!
Adding those are wonderful play toys, and that kids don’t much read signs, Merit said he didn’t want to say much more. Much more was said, however, nearly two hours worth in fact, of mostly respectful dialogue.
And because the folks on both sides reside here in Grimes, County Attorney Jon C. Fultz pointed out the county can’t use public funds to sue some residents against others. He then explained how Texas law severely restricts the regulatory power of counties in general.
Both sides finally agreed to work-up a list of acceptable shooting range experts, which the county will cul through, hoping to find someone mutually acceptable to take a look for themselves and make their recommendations.
Watch this space.