Lisbon Holds Off On Ending Shooting Range LeasePosted: Updated:
It's a temporary saving grace for a shooting range on Sand Road in the town of Lisbon that has long been used to train local law enforcement and state prison guards.
"This is an asset that is valuable to this county," St. Lawrence County Sheriff Kevin Wells said, "and to the north country region for state corrections and state police and ourselves."
The New York state Department of Corrections leases the range from the town for its own officers and lets local departments use it for free.
But meeting minutes show the town of Lisbon was at odds with the Department of Corrections after a local pistol club expressed interest in putting its own shooting range right next door.
Initially, the town's solution was to end the lease this week.
But after Sen. Patty Ritchie got town and state representatives together Tuesday to discuss the issue, the lease is now extended to March 1.
The extension will give town officials time to come up with a long-term solution.
"There's an air of cooperation to where they are going to continue these discussions so that we can resolve any lease issues that are out there and we do not lose this location," Wells said.
There's hope to permanently keep the essential training ground open for officers.