Gun club board agrees to work with township

Officials with the North Ottawa Rod and Gun Club said they plan to work with Grand Haven Township officials to ensure the safety of the club's outdoor shooting range. The gun club's Board of Directors met Monday night in a closed session for just over two hours to discuss the letter they received from the township late last week. The letter asked that the gun club remain closed.
Kyle Moroney
Oct 18, 2011


It also asked gun club officials that, if they decide to open the shooting range, an independent expert evaluate the design of the range and review the procedures in which law enforcement officials are using it — as well as ask gun club officials if they are following standard operating procedures adopted by the state in regards to shooting range use.

Gun club board members explained to the approximately 10 club members present at Monday’s meeting that they have submitted a Freedom of Information Act request for the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department investigation report on the Sept. 29 shooting accident that injured a contractor in the Cutter Park subdivision.

The gun club has not yet received the actual report, according to club Vice President Jeff Strauss.

The Ottawa County Prosecutor’s Office issued a press release on Thursday stating there would not be any criminal charges from the incident.

The Sheriff’s Department released a press release on Friday, explaining what happened on Sept. 29 at the gun club and the nearby Cutter Park neighborhood.

Strauss said the gun club has not received any letters from GVSU.

Following Monday’s closed session, Strauss said: “At the (closed) meeting, we discussed the township letter in great detail. With this being said, the board voted unanimously to engage in discussion with the township. We look forward to working with them.”

Township Manager Bill Cargo said this morning they are pleased to learn that gun club officials are welcoming a discussion with township officials.

To read more of this story, see today’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.


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