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Council closes police gun range for good

BALTIMORE – It’s now official. Council members voted 5-1 Monday night to permanently close the police gun range. Council member Mike Hamilton was the only dissenter. Council members asked the Service Committee to consider the closure options.

The consensus Monday night, based on Rusty Mock’s consultations with several Ohio EPA officials and Police Chief Michael Tussey’s conversations with Ohio EPA, is to leave it as is. Mock explained that screening out the lead bullets will put lead in the air and possibly the nearby creek which is much more harmful to health than leaving it buried in the soil bank.

Tussey said an Ohio EPA inspection found no heath concern at this time. He was told that 100,000 rounds per shooting lane was the break point for concern. “We are no where near that,” Tussey said.

Mayor Brad Nicodemus asked about the possibility of developing that land in the future. That could require a clean-up he was told. Council member Jim Hochradel added that there is very little lead at the rifle range which is over the old village dump. That land would never be developed.

Council member Robert Hankison asked the neighbors present if they were going to permit shooting on their property. None will allow target shooting, but several will permit limited hunting.

Tussey said the range is now padlocked. He asked neighbors to immediately call police if anyone is seen or heard at the range.

Jerry Ayers said gun range neighboring are co-sponsoring a Halloween Open House with the police department from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 28, at the police department. There will be free candy, hot dogs and drinks for everyone. Ayers will be carving pumpkins for the first time in years.

Village Administrator Teri Wise said bids for a three-year residential waste collection contract are due at noon on Nov. 2. The village’s current contract with Rumpke expires at the end of the year. She invited any interested companies to call the village offices at 740-862-4491 or email her for a bid package at

Trick or Treat is set for 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 26.

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