Chairman: Volley of paperwork delays Warner gun range decision

  • Eric Miller, owner of Dragonfly Holdings LLC, is looking to build an indoor gun range and retail store just off Interstate 89’€™s Exit 7 on Warner Road in Warner. GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff

Monitor staff
Published: 5/15/2017 11:51:12 PM

After a month and a half of debate, interested parties are not done weighing in on whether an indoor gun range and retail store should come to Warner.

But those parties will have to wait until next month, as the Warner Planning Board decided to continue their discussion of Dragonfly Holdings LLC’s application, citing an overwhelming amount of new material the board received from an abutter and written correspondence.

Planning board Chairman Ben Frost said the board received close to 70 pages of information compiled by Alfano Law Office, who is representing abutter MadgeTech Inc. and Rebecca Whitley of Hopkinton in a suit against the Warner Zoning Board of Adjustment

The 70 pages were received Monday, the day of the meeting, Frost said, adding that the board has also received around 67 pages of written and email correspondence from primarily Hopkinton residents interested in expressing their views on the range.

“I think there’s a lot of material here we need to digest,” Frost said.

The board also agreed to direct Dragonfly Holdings to hire a consultant to review whether the proposal safely deals with the issue of lead cleanup and storage. The board declined to have a third party determine whether the proposal would have excessive noise or an adverse impact on Hopkinton’s home values, deciding the latter proposal would be “too broad” to achieve.

The next planning board meeting is June 5.

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