By ADAM SWIFT
Union Leader Correspondent
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December 23. 2013 7:49PM

Police department ready to spruce up firing range

PLAISTOW — For the past several years, the police department has been working on ways to upgrade its firing range on Wilder Drive near the highway garage.

Thanks to donations from local contractors, that upgrade is now closer to becoming a reality.

William Bartlett and Freshwater Farms recently donated a combined $5,000 in time and materials to upgrade the landscaping around the firing range, according to Police Chief Stephen Savage.

Recently, selectmen also approved a donation worth $5,000 from local contractor Busby Construction to do additional work at the firing range.

“We’ve been talking for about a year about bringing the floor of the range up by six inches,” said Savage. “At certain wet times of the year, it sits in water.”

The materials for the project, including some donated by the city of Haverhill, Mass., were stockpiled near the site as Savage and the department determined the best way to get the work done.

“We’ve been talking with Busby since July about doing it,” said Savage. “We were trying to get a number as to what the cost was to do it. We had an original price from another contractor because we thought the (federal government) was going to do it for us.”

When the federal funds didn’t pan out, Savage said discussions were reopened with Busby, but the contractor was busy on projects over the summer and fall in the Lakes Region. Once the contractor returned to the area, Savage said they could do the project for between $4,500 and $5,000.

Town Manager Sean Fitzgerald said the amount of the donation from Busby was high enough that he felt the selectmen should approve it.

Fitzgerald said the improved firing range will be a benefit not only to the Plaistow Police Department, but to the region.“Firing ranges in the region for tactical firearm training are few and far between,” he said. “This is quite unique to the region, and the city of Haverhill uses it quite regularly.”aswift@newstote.com


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