Cape Elizabeth Sends A Lawyer To Tell A Heavily Armed Organization To Be Quiet. So No Matter What Happens, We All Win

Cape Elizabeth gun club

Cape Elizabeth gun clubCAPE ELIZABETH — A lawyer may soon clarify the town’s role in a long-running dispute between a shooting range and its neighbors. So far, the town has skirted any involvement in licensing or regulating the Spurwink Rod & Gun Club, which has been a fixture on Sawyer Road since the 1960s. That stance could change, however. Town Manager Michael McGovern said Wednesday that the town may hire Portland lawyer Kenneth Cole to sort out the town’s rights and responsibilities. “We legitimately want independent advice,” McGovern said. “We want to make sure we’re right, whatever the law is.” Seeds of the dispute were sown in the mid-1990s, when a housing development was built in the area now called Cross Hill. Strife between residents of the new neighborhood and the gun club began at least as far back as 1999, when more than 300 people signed a petition that sought to reduce the hours of operation at the shooting range, according to published reports. A decade later, in September 2009, police investigated a report of a bullet lodged in the outer wall of a nearby home. It’s unknown if the bullet was fired from the gun range. Potential problems were predicted well before home construction even began in the area. Issues of safety and noise were debated several times before the Planning Board, according to its minutes. In August 1996, for example, Board Member Thomas Emery said he “wanted it to be clear to people buying into (the development) that they are buying into an existing condition with the Rod & Gun Club.” (read more at The Forecaster)