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This struck me:Peterborough’s Monadnock Rod and Gun Club is being ordered to pay close to $650,000 to the neighbors on whose property the club built its firearms range.www.unionleader.com
I realize the club is being seriously persecuted by neighbors and the town, but have they essentially given up, or was this a "no-notice" hearing, or are they going straight to NH SC?Club President Mark Carbone, who is also now representing the club in court, could not be reached for comment Monday. The damages order, issued March 25 by Judge David Anderson, indicates that no one from the club attended the March 3 damages hearing.
Let us hope they have Directors & Officers insurance with the insurance.They could potentially go after the Club officers if the club declares bankruptcy.
Even if the range had a bottomless piggy bank, restored the land, made amends with the town, then what does the neighbor do with his new flag of land? It's literally from the 100yd berm to the 200yd line (but not the 220yd berm). The range could go back to 90deg rotated 100yd as it was pre-200yd. OK, so now the neighbor still owns a flag right next to a live fire range with club owned land all around it. Its a useless portion of the parcel.If I read that correctly that's the amount just to clean up the contaminated soil and return the land to as was before the new range was built. It doesn't give them ownership of the land. I hate to say it, but I think that is the end of Monadnock unless the SC rules differently.
They would probably ask for the land.I'm actually curious what the options are from the neighbor and towns side are if this stands. If the range doesn't declare bankruptcy, but effectively has no money what then? There's no blood in the rock. If the range gave every penny towards restoration then the town wouldn't get peoperty taxes paid. So the land gets seized by the town. Then what? Do the Perry's go after the town for restoration costs?
What are the neighbor and town going to do if the range just declares bankruptcy as the result? No one gets a dime, the town inherits a gun range they they'll then have to clean up?
These people really think they're going to get a $650k payment from a range that at its peak had 300 members at $100 each and has had its revenue generation paths halted for 2 years? And to top it off the town apparently thinks its also going to get to fine the range?
These people are delusional. All they did was destroy part of their own town because one person bought a house next to a gun range, never did a survey and for 20 years never walked their own land.
The neighbor is going to get nothing and the town is going to get a giant albatross property it won't be able to do anything with because in order to sell it, it will need to demand lead removal.
The neighbor could have gotten $10k PLUS equal land congruent to their current plot 3 years ago and this would have been over. Instead they made both sides spend tens of thousands of dollars for nothing.
People are f***ing stupid.
Possibly. But this is how messed up liberals are: If the town takes possession of the land, it can waive itself from cleanup. BUT, if it sells/hands that land over to a another party the cleanup of the land becomes a requirement of the transfer due to the laws requiring it to be brought into compliance to both local and state regulations. If the range as a business is dissolved, the land no longer falls under state gun range protection laws and is subject to current regulations.They would probably ask for the land.
it wasn't for nothing, they spent thousands of dollars and got exactly what they wanted. quiet and the club shut down. we did not get what we wanted, but t say they spent their money for nothing is not true. I love MRCG, miss the pumpkin and car shoots dearly. met some really amazing people at those. this neighbor is the lowest of the low, a true scumbag. if there is anything else we can do MRGC, please please let us know, although it may be too little too late at this point sadlyThe neighbor could have gotten $10k PLUS equal land congruent to their current plot 3 years ago and this would have been over. Instead they made both sides spend tens of thousands of dollars for nothing.
People are f***ing stupid.
FWIW, there is a company that cleaned up all the lead (AFAIK to EPA standards) on the two outdoor ranges at Braintree R&P and it cost the club ZERO. The deal was that the company kept and sold the lead and that was their "payment". Unfortunately, the judgment probably doesn't allow the club to investigate that as a financial solution and no doubt the property owner only wants one thing . . . permanently close down the club and effectively they got what they wanted.Amen to that. First of all, this probably has to be the biggest stretch of imagination I have ever seen to declare a parcel 'wetlands'. Secondly, it's beyond me why the neighbors would not accept equal land given that the parcel in question sticks out like a thumb into a gun range property, IIRC. Oh wait, it's about being petty and/or shutting down the club. Also $650K is a ridiculous sum to clean up some small patch of dirt.
The club "built" the archery ranges 70 years ago. Which is several owners of that parcel ago. The owner of that land has had weekly archery events on his property since the day he bought it 20 years ago.As I have said many times, this is a damn shame. But the club built on someone else's property, and not all that long ago. This is not trivial and yes if the judgment is upheld it's without question over. The Town themselves is preparing their own lawsuit as well. The club, I would hope, will seek council as to what is the best legal exit strategy and let it go. Sadly it is not a winning case for the club.
ignorance is not a defense. This sucks for the club and all the members.The club "built" the archery ranges 70 years ago. Which is several owners of that parcel ago. The owner of that land has had weekly archery events on his property since the day he bought it 20 years ago.
No one knew the club was "on his land" since the club was created. Not the neighbors, not the club, not the town. Its not like the club secretly built for 70 years under everyone's noses.
I am going to fathom a guess that they don't actually give a shit about "restoration" Their ulterior motive has been to kill the club.I'm actually curious what the options are from the neighbor and towns side are if this stands. If the range doesn't declare bankruptcy, but effectively has no money what then? There's no blood in the rock. If the range gave every penny towards restoration then the town wouldn't get peoperty taxes paid. So the land gets seized by the town. Then what? Do the Perry's go after the town for restoration costs?