Indoor archer and firing range ordinance progresses

HUGHESVILLE – The first steps toward allowing indoor firing and archery ranges in the borough were taken Monday night when borough council passed a motion to advertise and hold public hearings on two ordinances.

The first proposed ordinance would amend the zoning to include indoor firing ranges and indoor archery ranges in parts of the borough.

Under the proposed ordinances, indoor firing ranges are defined as buildings in which club members, members of the public or a school or competitive team discharge firearms for target practice. These must meet license requirements of the borough, as well as state laws.

Indoor archery ranges are defined as a building in which club members or members of the public or a school or a competitive team discharge bows for target practice. Licensing and standards for operators of the archery ranges are similar to the criteria for the firing ranges. Design of archery ranges, however, must meet the National Field Archery Association’s Range Guidelines and other federal and state requirements, according to council.

A second ordinance would amend the current borough code governing the use of firearms and bows and arrows. Under the current ordinances, the discharging of a firearm in the borough is only permitted for self-defense. The proposed ordinance would amend that to include allow use of firearms at indoor firing ranges and bows and arrows at indoor archery ranges.

According to the borough solicitor, Ryan Tira, the ordinances, if approved, would go into effect on Oct. 14.

In other business council voted to hire Dan Baumwell, of Lewisburg, as a part-time police officer for the borough at a rate of $17.55 an hour.

It was noted that Baumwell had worked in Florida as a police officer, but still has to complete training in Pennsylvania. Council OK’d helping to pay for the training provided that Baumwell work at least 500 hours in the borough.

On the matter of where to put leaves gathered in the borough, council decided to take the leaves to the sewer authority land, and eventually allow residents to come by appointment to get the composted material.

In other business, council noted that there are still vacancies on the zoning hearing board and the sewer authority that need to be filled.

Council also discussed a clogged sewer on Blackberry Alley. According to council, the problem initially began a year ago when HRI construction paved the alley and hit the sewer cleanout. The borough is claiming that the current problems are a result of that incident, but HRI is denying the claim.

Tira suggested that a written demand be made to try to resolve this issue.

Other actions taken by council include approving a motion to continue insurance and workmen’s compensation policies with the Glatfelter company and a motion to have Lecce Electric maintain and clean the traffic signals.

The next meeting is Aug. 25, during which Lycoming County Commissioner Tony Mussare will speak on the state of the county. The public is invited to attend. The meeting begins at 7 p.m.