Wright County aiming to partner with FBI for shooting range
There are some who would say having the FBI hanging out in your backyard is a very positive chip to have in your pocket in the event of an emergency. At its June 25 meeting, the Wright County Board of Commissioners approved moving forward with the FBI to construct a relatively elaborate shooting range – with the FBI picking up the majority of the tab.
Commissioner Mike Potter explained the proposal, which came out of the July 12 building committee meeting. Initially, the sheriff’s department had placed the construction of the shooting range as a future capital improvement project. The complex would be located at the former Rasset gravel pit site by the Law Enforcement Center – a piece of property the county purchased more than a decade ago to use as a gravel resource. The site is currently bare and an ideal site for the shooting range and associated buildings.
The FBI reached out to the sheriff’s department with ideal timing to help pay for the project.
“They (the sheriff’s department) have been contacted by the FBI about a potential partnership out there,” Potter said. “It appears that the FBI is losing their lease at their current shooting range. The timing couldn’t work out better for Wright County, because they’re looking to put in a significant amount of money on this.”