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February 5, 2013

Kingston residents oppose proposed shooting range

ZBA will hear proposal again next week

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Orio and Shea said they plan to speak out against the shooting range when it goes before the Zoning Board of Adjustment on Feb. 14.

“I will fight this,” Shea said. “I will not give up.”

Feb. 14 won’t be the first time the proposal has gone before town officials.

The zoning board unanimously approved Mooskian’s request for a special exception in September, according to Chairman Electra Alessio.

The town’s zoning ordinance neither permits nor prohibits a shooting range in that area, thus the need for a special exception.

But when the proposal went before the Planning Board in December, it was determined some abutters had not been notified about the project, she said. It’s the applicant’s responsibility to notify abutters.

Approximately half a dozen businesses in a nearby complex were not notified, even though the complex’s owner was contacted, Alessio said.

The special exception needed for the range to operate in the town’s commercial zone was nullified.

While a few residents have spoken in opposition to the project, no one has spoken in favor of the proposal, Alessio said.

The zoning board heard the request for a second time Jan. 10, but the hearing was continued until Feb. 14 so Mooskian could provide more information about the project.

Mooskian, a former Kingston resident, said she’s prepared to answer any questions about the project when she goes before the board.

She said she proposed locating the facility in Kingston because the closest public shooting range is in Manchester.

She disputes the neighbors’ claims about noise and the dangers of lead dust, which she said would not be a problem because it’s enclosed. The noise from the firing of weapons would be within legal limits and not heard late at night, she said

Orio and Shea said they should have been notified about the project, but Alessio and Mooskian said it was not required because they are not abutters.

Mooskian said she plans to run a well-supervised shooting range. She said she thinks the neighbors are blowing the issue out of proportion.

“It’s all fear, it’s fear of the unknown,” she said. “It’s time to educate people.”

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