Gun range hearing continues

Residents voiced concerns about the Sheepdog Warrior Shooting Range on Haines Road in Catskill on Wednesday night. The range is before the Catskill Town Zoning Board for a ruling on a variance to allow law enforcement to use the range for training. CATSKILL — Residents from both Catskill and Cairo continued to voice their concerns Wednesday about a local gun range after last month’s zoning board hearing was left open. Sheepdog Warrior Shooting Range, on Haines Road in Catskill, is before the zoning board awaiting an interpretation of the town code. Catskill Town Code Enforcement Officer Elliot Fishman ruled the site violated the code by allowing nonconforming uses and sent a cease-and-desist letter in November. The range is considered a special use under town law and its special-use permit allows recreational shooting, but the Greene County Sheriff’s Office used the facility to train for about 20 days in October. Police snipers from Connecticut have honed their skills there and the Saugerties Police Department used it for about a week, Sheepdog owner Edward Rivenburg said in November, when range representatives appeared before the zoning board for an interpretation of the zoning code. Meanwhile, the site is also under review by the planning board to extend its 450-yard range to 1,000 yards to make it a sniper-training facility. “We strongly believe law enforcement use was approved in the special permit granted by the planning board,” Sheepdog attorney Scott Olson said. “In the meeting minutes, the applicant stated that one of the […]

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