Brett Brenden, with Grouse Mountain Archery Range, came before the Buffalo City Council at their Tuesday meeting, asking for a different access to the facility that would help with making the area more secure and safer.
The range is currently on city property near the water treatment plant, and Brenden said the archery club accesses the land from the Mentock Trailhead at Turkey Lane. When the archery group shoots, it interferes with people being able to access the Mentock Trail in that area.
His suggestion for an alternative was to ask the council for the city to build an access road from Highway 16 West south to the archery area and close the other access point near the Mentock Trail. He said the club could install a gate with a locked access to keep people out of the archery range during the fall and winter months.
City Works Director Les Hook said he had no objections to an access road being put in near the water treatment plant, and it would not create any security problems for the city either. He suggested sitting down with the archery group to set some rules and guidelines if an access road were to be approved.
Brenden had one final request of the council.
Mayor Randy Dyess said the high school is using the building for that very purpose, and he saw no reason why both the archery club and the school couldn’t use the facility.
He suggested Brenden contact the school and see if they could work out a schedule for both of them to use the indoor archery building.
The council voted to approve the access road at the archery range, so the club can pursue funding through the Rec Board for the project this year.