Elbert County commissioners on Wednesday gave Boy Scouts the go-ahead to host two weekend shooting-range events, to the dismay of neighbors who say the shotguns are too loud.
The commissioners' decision went against the recommendation of their planning director and the county sheriff. They granted a temporary permit, on the condition that the Scouts conduct noise tests, limit shooting hours and give neighbors notice of their shoot-a-thons, which raise funds.
"It was something that both sides kind of agreed to," said Suzie Graeff, commission chairwoman.
But Jay Enyart, who lives across the street from the Scouts' Peaceful Valley Ranch, said after the meeting he was disappointed.
"I feel like this was a political solution where the county commissioners wanted to cut the baby in half and what they gave us was the short end of the stick," he said.
Enyart was among the residents who live near the ranch who testified before commissioners, asking them to deny the Scouts the opportunity to use a new clay shooting range. Adults dish out thousands of dollars to participate in the shoots.