MOUNT CARMEL — Carters Valley firefighters will be allowed to hold turkey shoot fundraisers at Station 1, but it remains to be seen if Mount Carmel neighbors to the south will be willing to live with the noise.
The Mount Carmel Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved a request Tuesday night for a variance to the municipal firearms ordinance from the Carters Valley Volunteer Fire Department.
The CVVFD Station 1 is located on Ruritan Club property within the city limits off Carters Valley Road.
For years, the Ruritan Club held turkey shoot events, using a large hillside on the property to shoot against.
A few years back, some residents of the subdivision located directly south of the Ruritan Club property filed a petition with the BMA asking for the turkey shoots to be stopped due to concerns over noise and public safety.
The request approved by the BMA on Tuesday was to allow turkey shoots on the Ruritan property under the supervision of the CVVFD every Thursday during the hours of 6-9 p.m. from November through March.
Darrell Bishop from the CVVFD told the BMA that the area is well lit and they keep a close lookout to ensure no children from the neighboring subdivision wander into the line of fire.
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