A second public hearing is set for Monday regarding a proposal to allow the Cotter School District's Shooting Sports Team to discharge firearms on school property within the city limits. In the last regular meeting of the Cotter City Council, the members heard the proposal from Cotter Superintendent Vanessa Thomas-Jones and Cotter Shooting Sports Coach Steven Dewey. Emails received at KTLO, Classic Hits and the Boot News indicate the proposal will face some opposition.
Another concern is the environmental impact of lead shot, if it is used. Lead could potentially contaminate water. According to a local retailer, a box of shotgun shells, consisting mostly of lead, weighs approximately one and one-half pounds.
An argument was also made that the Cotter High School Trap Club already has a facility to shoot in Midway.
Some local residents are urging others to attend Monday's hearing. They say their hope is by others giving input on the issue city officials will consider those who will be most impacted--the neighbors of the proposed site.
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