Sheriff planning for new shooting range

A plan to build a new training center and redesign the shooting range at the sheriff’s office has been revived and could be completed as soon as next year.

Last year, the county set aside $270,000 to build a two-story pole barn for training and storage and to renovate the shooting range at the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, and the plan is to start construction this spring, Commissioner Brian Baird said.

In 2009, county officials discussed building a training facility and upgrading the shooting range as part of an $87 million jail expansion, but the idea was abandoned to cut costs. Instead, the county asked voters to approve a $23 million project to add 400 beds to the jail, which was turned down in 2010.

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