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Members pitch in for Petersburg Rod and Gun Club clean-up


The Petersburg Rod and Gun Club held its annual Spring Cleaning event on April 14. Club members found kitchen appliances and other items that had been used for target practice.

The Petersburg Rod and Gun Club did a little spring cleaning on April 14 at its shooting range.

Rod and Gun Club President Chris Cotta said this is just the first event of the season. Cotta hopes cleaning up the range will inspire more members of the community to use the facility.

“It was a successful range clean up,” Cotta said. “Between 20 and 25 people showed up.”

The club members also did inventory of any supplies and equipment at the range.

The reorganized club has seven board members and a re-energized spirit, Cotta said.

The range, located at 13 Mile Mitkof Highway, offers trap, pistol and rifle shooting. Using the range is free for members although the club asks for a donation for trap shooting to offset the cost of the clay targets. Cotta is working towards making the trap shooting range more accessible, and is also working toward offering members a chance to receive discounts on ammunition.

“We're starting a program of member benefits. Members can get a key to the range shelter,” Cotta said. “It's really nice to be able to go in, especially if it's cold outside.”

There is a schedule of membership fees starting at $25 per year for an individual membership, and up to $500 for a lifetime membership.

“A lot of the fees go to insurance coverage, general upkeep, and they pay for the lease on the property,” Cotta said.

The state owns the land and leases it to the city, which then sublets it to the club for $250 a year.

The club has about $40,000 in funds from a couple of different grants, Cotta said. And it is slated for another $50,000, if Governor Sean Parnell keeps the club on the list of State Capital Budget projects.

According to Cotta, vandalism and illegal dumping are the biggest problems at the shooting range. This spring's clean up netted a full-sized oven and a computer printer, both items had been used for targets.

In addition to the clean up and maintenance, the board plans to set up rules for using the facility. A part-time caretaker for the site, or someone who can live in an RV on the site would be ideal. Cotta also said he would like to look into installing a video surveillance system, but it would have to be one that is bulletproof.

The Petersburg Rod and Gun Club will meet tonight at 7 p.m. in City Council Chambers.


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