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Meeting set for controversial Thomas Co. gun range

THOMAS CO., GA (WALB) -

Residents in Thomas County will soon have a chance to speak out about a controversial proposed public shooting range.

Homeowner Tommy Brock hears gunfire almost every day while he's at home.

"They're firing the rifles and the guns down there, time to close the doors and bring the pets in," said Brock.

The private shooting range is mainly used by deputies and officers for training.

But that could change if the county decides to make this go public, which could mean more noise for more homeowners.

The Thomas County Board of Commissioners is considering a DNR grant to fund the construction, but as the project has become more controversial, a  public hearing will be held to listen to concerns.

The hearing will be Monday night at 6:00 in the Thomas County Courthouse.

"We hope that a lot of these questions and things will be answered in there and we will move forward from there," said County Commissioner Wiley Grady.

But noise isn't the only concern of homeowners.

"Right now people are concerned about the value of our property. If we try to sell our land or our property, people are not going to be interested in buying a house next to a fire range."

Grady said the project is expected to cost $1.6 million.

The county will need to cover an additional $200,000, but Grady said residents won't see an increase in taxes.

You can email your opposition to the proposed shooting range at nopublicrange@gmail.com

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