Tuesday July 24, 2012

PLAINFIELD, N.H. (AP) -- A New Hampshire town will hold a public meeting next week on Vermont's plans to renovate a shooting range in Hartland following complaints about noise.

The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife will present its plan for Hammond's Cove Shooting Range to the town of Plainfield on Monday, July 30. Some residents of Plainfield, across the Connecticut River from Hartland, have complained about frequent noise throughout the day and night at the unregulated gun range, according to the Valley News.

Michael Jaeger said has gotten used to the "pop pop pop" sounds of gunshots from a half mile across the river just as he and his wife became accustomed to the sound of the train that travels through Hartland. But every once in a while, they hear a "good boom," he said.

"The sound carries up quite dramatically," the 43-year-old said.

Some residents also say the shooting has increased in the past few years.

To reduce the noise and times of shooting, the range will be gated, and hours and the caliber of gun allowed will be discussed, said Vermont Fish and Wildlife project manager Chris Saunders. Berms also will be constructed on either side of the range to decrease the sound that travels across the river. The total project is expected to cost an estimated $314,000.

Jaeger was pleased to hear that Fish and Wildlife Department is willing to try to curb the noise.

"I think they just didn't realize that there were homes on the New Hampshire side," he said. "It's nice to think the right things are happening."

A similar meeting was held last month in Hartland.