The Effingham City Council has approved an amendment to the City’s municipal code to allow for the potential development of an indoor shooting range. This amendment will allow for a range to be operated within City limits in an M-1 Light Industrial District. The district was selected because it is on the outskirts of the city, rather than in a highly populated area.
The amendment specifically allows for a shooting range if the location is fully enclosed or part of a fully enclosed facility that has been specifically designed for sporting events, practice, instruction, testing, or training. The amendment does not relate to military training facilities or government operated shooting ranges.
The amendment was recommended by the City’s plan commission.
Also Tuesday, the Council discussed possible changes to the City’s liquor ordinance. Among the changes being considered are removing the cap on the number of liquor licenses issued in the city and allowing more open sale of beer and wine at events held in the city. A number of business owners spoke before the council on this item through the use of speakers’ cards. There was wide support for allowing sale of alcohol at events. However, there were some objections to removing the cap on the number of ordinances due to concerns about it hurting local businesses. This item was just up for discussion Tuesday, and will likely be brought back at a September meeting.
In other action Wednesday, Effingham City Clerk Kelsey Lock was presented with the City’s employee of the quarter award.
City Administrator Jim Arndt also announced that he will give the 1st quarter financial report at the next meeting.