GRISWOLD, Conn. (WTNH) — There are only a few homes on the road leading up to where a state police gun range has been proposed but the folks who live nearby are joined by many others in town who want to “Keep Griswold Quiet.”
That’s the name of the group which says it is not anti-gun or anti-police. It’s pro-life.
“We’re worried about the quality of life that people here in Griswold have come to enjoy,” says Pam Patalano a member of the group.
They do not want to see the state build a state police gun range on the land off of Stone Hill Road which borders Pachaug State Forest. It’s private land so they can’t stop the sale but they hope public outcry will stop the state from buying it.
“There’s a lot of concern,” says Patalano. “People use this forest for hiking and biking. We have a couple of campgrounds.”
The state says the current 50 year old gun range in Simsbury is too small and floods every year. A more modern facility could cost $6-million to build.
“I personally still stick by my guns,” says Griswold First Selectman Kevin Skulczyck. “Fiscally we’re broke in Connecticut. We can’t afford to do this.”
At tonight’s special selectman meeting in Griswold a date will be set for a town meeting where the public can speak.
While some say the gun range will hurt quality of life, property values, and safety there are some in town who welcome the range and the state police presence it would bring.
“Tonight’s a learning experience for the board of selectman to find out from our town’s attorneys who’ve gone through the process already. What we should expect and how much that will cost the taxpayers locally,” says Skulczyck.
The state says the gun range would be in use Monday through Friday and that there would only be about two hours a day that the actual shooting would take place.
News8 is told that through the environmental approval process residents who want to try to change the state’s mind will have plenty of opportunity to do so.