Morgan Run shooting range ruled out

February 04, 1994|By From Staff Reports

If Carroll County gets a public shooting range, it won't be at Morgan Run, Richard J. Soisson, director of recreation and parks, told the county commissioners yesterday.

State officials, in response to a letter from the Carroll County Sportsmen's Association, said that public outcry during the Morgan Run master plan hearings in July 1992 convinced them not to open a shooting range there, Mr. Soisson said.

Torrey C. Brown, the Maryland secretary of natural resources, said in a letter to the sportsmen's association that noise, safety, cost and access concerns also influenced the decision.

"We were under the impression that all parties involved in the planning process were clear about our decision not to allow a shooting range at Morgan Run," Dr. Brown said.

Members of the sportsmen's association have written a letter requesting a meeting with DNR officials and restating their reasons for wanting the range at Morgan Run, Mr. Soisson said. In their letter, the sportsmen argue that hunting at Morgan Run was successful last year and that DNR has not considered all the possible sites.

In other recreation news:

* Under a new department policy, permits for playing fields will be issued from March 15 to Dec. 1, Mr. Soisson said.

"The fields are damaged when they are utilized too early," he said. "Then, with the heavy use, they never get a chance to recover."

* At the request of the county commissioners, the Farm Museum advisory board has developed a policy limiting rental of the property outside its fence to nonalcoholic activities related to farm life.

Mr. Soisson said that the new policy would not affect annual events such as the start of the March of Dimes Walk-a-Thon and the benefit concert for Carroll County Food Sunday.

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