HUGHESTOWN — Borough officials Monday night discussed the legality of shooting ranges being operated within municipal limits.
Residents in the vicinity of Parsonage Street and Foote Avenue, near the Hughestown border with Duryea, have been complaining of frequent gunfire at a property in the area. Councilwoman Barbara Gato is hoping to at least prevent the opening of any future shooting ranges if the borough cannot close the current one.
Borough Solicitor Angela Sperrazza will now look into the legality of enacting and ordinance.
When asked if borough police have responded to these complaints in the past, Council Chairman Wayne Quick Jr. said the issue “is being looked into” after the most recent spate of complaints.
Other allegations were made that members of the Hughestown Police Department were closely involved with the shooting range.
Responding, borough officer Darren Bidwell said that borough officers utilize the shooting range along with many officers from neighboring municipal police departments. He said the range is 300 feet from any home and is operated on private property with the cooperation of the property owner and is therefore legal.
In other matters, borough officials announced a gift and craft fair to be held at the Hughestown Hose Company Hall at 30 Center St. on Nov. 3, 11:00 a.m. through 3 p.m.
The event will serve as a fundraiser for the municipal parks and recreation department.
The next regular council meeting will be on Nov. 11 at 7:30 p.m.