The first bid on the project was more than $600,000. It was rebid and the cost lowered to $500,000.
The cost was prohibitive and County Manager Matt Denton said plans were redesigned so that public works staff would do most of the work. This dropped the total to about $300,000 with additional $97,000 grant money earmarked for purchase of equipment.
Denton anticipates the facility will be operational this month. Minor grading and grassing will also be completed at the site.
Police Chief Kenny Dodd said the firing range, first introduced in 2006, is a dream come true for local law enforcement agencies.
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