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State police continue search for new training facility

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State police say their gun range in Simsbury is in serious disrepair. (WFSB file photo) State police say their gun range in Simsbury is in serious disrepair. (WFSB file photo)
BALTIC, CT (WFSB) -

The search continues to find a new home for a proposed state police gun range.

So far, a number of communities said they want nothing to do with it; but, troopers are still looking for a location.

Two towns are being looked at in the final presentation, Sprague and Hampton.

Monday night, residents in Baltic will learn more about the planned firearms training facility. 

People can attend an open meeting and hear what troopers have planned. 

Officials have been trying to find a place for a new firearms training facility and met resistance from several towns. Willington, East Haven, Canterbury and Voluntown all shot the proposal down. 

"It bothers me as a mother on a bunch of different levels," said Cari Donaldson of Willington. "Environmental levels, economic levels, noise levels [and] quality of life levels."

The majority of those in favor of a new range are property owners looking to make a profit on selling the land.

Troopers have stated the need for the new facility. They claimed one in Simsbury is dilapidated and prone to flooding. 

They are looking for a space that has at least 100 acres of land, 30 of which would be used. The remainder would act as a buffer. 

The meeting Monday night takes place at the Sayles School Auditorium in Baltic and begins at 7 p.m.

The public is invited and encouraged to speak.

There is also a May 1 deadline for those who wish to make a written response.

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