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A proposal between the Greenhorn Valley Sportsman’s Club and the Colorado City Metro District may have been hammered out as early as this morning (Wednesday) in a meeting between the two organizations. According to president of the Sportsman’s Club Mark Dilka even if a final lease remains in the future, the Metro District seems on board with the proposed gun range.
At a meeting on Monday evening at the Wet Mountain Bistro Restaurant, Dilka shared the results of a meeting with the Metro District several weeks ago in which the Metro legal counsel proposed some changes to an early draft.
It was a very productive meeting,” said Dilka. “The Metro Board seemed very supportive, especially David (Valdez-District Manager)”
The CCMD approval of the lease is critical to the Sportsman’s Club being able to begin writing grants to fund the project and will also give the organization the ability to climb one more rung up the political ladder and begin seeking a special use permit from Pueblo County.
Mike Graber, a member of the club, reported that the special use permit will take between six months and a year. “I have no doubt we will get it all done,” Graber said. “It just takes time and money.”
To get the special use permit the gun range will first have to convince staff members of the planning committee for the go ahead. Then the plan will go to the full planning committee, eventually ending up in front of the County Commissioners.
Over a dozen interested people talked about the need for an eventual Master Development Plan.
Guest Speaker Jeremiah Johnson of the Division of Wildlife spoke to the group about some of the grants available for the project. The grant Johnson talked about has no top end and a bottom of $5000. He mentioned several critical components to succeed in the grant process.
He mentioned that “public availability” was a huge concern to the people that make the final grant awards. The project also has to be insured before it will be given any consideration. The grant also requires a match from the organization either in cash, in kind work, or a combination of both.
The group also discussed the upcoming dues in September and election of officers.