Shooting Range Appeal Hearing August 27

The Franklin County Board of Zoning Adjustment will hold an appeal hearing Tuesday, Aug. 27, at 7 p.m. to hear comments and possibly rule on an appeal made by neighbors of a proposed shooting range in Lonedell.

The board approved a conditional use permit in April for Robert Dix, of St. Louis, to build a private sportsman club on 210 acres at 4273 Highway 47 south just before Soaring Hawk Road.

The club will include outdoor ranges for archery, handguns and trapshooting, as well as paintball fields, hiking trails and a 3-D archery course.

Dix also plans to build a 2,500-square-foot guest lodge that will be available for special and corporate events and include a small pro shop.

The property also has a 7-acre lake that will be used for boating and fishing.

Residents living near the property have been protesting the shooting range for months, speaking out against it both before the planning board and the county commission. About 50 came before the planning board on March 19 to voice their concerns.

They claimed the shooting ranges would be loud with persistent gunfire that would interrupt the peaceful nature of their surroundings.

Residents who spoke at earlier meetings also said the club would cause an increase in traffic in the area and would be a danger to a nearby Boy Scout camp on Soaring Hawk Trail.

The CUP for the club came with 15 conditions, including a 250-member limit, specific shooting hours and signs along Soaring Hawk Trail that read “No Trespassing.”