Good news!

It’s official — Georgetown, IL is getting a new range!

Some of our GSL family approached the board seeking guidance and advice to supplement their own planning on getting a range off the ground in Georgetown, a small community a about 12 miles south of Danville.

The local newspaper reported that the city approved the request to lease some unused ground on a public park to build the range.

It wasn’t without a smattering of opposition, but in the end, it was a 7-1 vote to move ahead with the partnership between the group and the city to build.

Georgetown, IL  (News-Gazette)  — City officials listened to comments for and against a proposed gun range in a rural city-owned park on Monday, and then voted to grant a 25-year lease to the gun club wanting to build the range.

After spending 20 months reviewing plans and researching the details, Georgetown City Council members were ready to decide whether to accept the offer from the committee that wanted to lease a large portion of the land near the entrance of Oubache Park southwest of the city for an outdoor gun range.

The city purchased the 18-acre Oubache Park from the Sportsman’s Club in 1994. It consisted of a swimming pool, four buildings, a river, a gravel road to some undeveloped campgrounds, and open fields. The city operated the swimming pool in 1995 and 1996, but closed it in 1997, citing the high cost of running it. The park has not been in use since then.

Committee member Keith Walker brought a proposal to the city council in July, 2011 about building a shooting range and starting a gun club at Oubache Park. The four-member committee has spent the intervening months developing the plans for the range, obtaining not-for-profit status, and working with city officials to work out the details of a lease for the property.