West Barnstable Shooting Range Land Swap Approved

CAPE COD WAVE PHOTO A Barnstable police officer at the town's shooting range before it closed in 2012.

A Barnstable police officer at the town’s shooting range before it closed in 2012.

HYANNIS – Barnstable Town Council approved a transfer of municipal land at their last meeting that moves the West Barnstable Shooting Range another step closer to reopening.

The range closed in 2012 when the town’s insurance agency discovered the property’s use was not included in the town’s policy.

Town Council voted to approve the transfer of land along Breed’s Hill Road and along Nye Road into the care and custody of Conservation, as a replacement for 16 acres of land in the West Barnstable Conservation Area encompassing the shooting range.

“Basically you have to remove those conditions off of the lands, that are in and around the shooting range or else you can’t do the shooting range,” said Town Manager Mark Ells.

The land swap must now be approved by the state legislature.

“Because we modified the original size of the lot, now we have to go back and modify that original filing to reflect the changes that have been made,” Ells said. “Right now we’re preparing those documents and they’ll be submitted shortly.”

By JUSTIN SAUNDERS, CapeCod.com Newscenter

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