A new police gun range under construction in North Pekin is making some neighbors worried.
The previous North Pekin Village Board approved the new range in March, so police have a place to practice closer to town.
The range has a shooting berm 40 ft thick and 22 ft high. The side berms are 16 ft wide and eight ft tall. An eight foot fence will surround the range with a locked gate.
With the range sitting behind Village Hall on Lincoln Boulevard, some neighbors are worried the range is too close.
They said they are worried about kids and people taking a stroll potentially getting hit by stray bullets. Neighbors are also concerned about the noise from the gun shots.
Neighbors said the board did not tell them about the range and are frustrated with the lack of communication.
North Pekin Mayor, Steve Flowers, said a notice was drafted to be sent to neighbors, but the notice was never released.
“The Village of North Pekin is concerned about all the residents throughout the town and will make sure that everything we do is in their best interest and their best safety,” Flowers said. “We’re just trying to get our police officers local so they don’t have to go far.”
Flowers said the range will be strictly for police use.
He said there will no sound protection, no ammunition or guns on site and police will only use handguns shooting downward at their target to avoid flying bullets.
The construction of the new gun range is on hold, so the three new board members are informed about the range and the neighbors are more involved in the process.
The next board meeting to talk about the range is June 7.
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