Reader Walt Pleimann wanted to know, “Can you find out the status of the new gun range at Fort Carson?”
Mr. Pleimann, the grand opening is today, as the first phase of the shooting range is complete. As Gazette reporter Bob Stephens reported on his Jan. 3 blog, the range “consists of seven shooting ranges with approximately 120 covered shooting positions.” After a mid-morning ribbon-cutting ceremony the range will be open to the public for free beginning at 1:30 p.m. Later on a daily rate of $10 will be charged, but shooters will be able to buy a 10-visit pass for $90, and $210 for a 25-visit pass. It’s slightly less for retired military, Department of Defense civilians and active-duty military. Children ages 6-12 will cost $4 a day.
Money for the range included $200,000 from the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office, and $25,000 from the National Rifle Association. The range is near Interstate 25 just off mile marker 132, just outside Fort Carson’s Gate 20.
There are plans for an archery range and a restaurant.
Gazette columnist Bill Vogrin wondered about the legality of parking at a meter when the meter is out of order.
It’s illegal, Bill.
Sgt. Rob Kelley of the Colorado Springs Police Department responded in an e-mail, saying, “If they (and this means you, Bill) park at an out of order meter they can be fined.”
Kelley cited section 10.15.104 of the city code: “DEPOSIT OF COINS OR TOKENS; TIME LIMITS; PROHIBITIONS:
A. No person shall park a vehicle in any parking space upon a street alongside of and next to which a parking meter has been installed during the restricted and regulated time applicable to the parking meter zone in which a meter is located unless a coin or coins of United States currency or authorized tokens of the appropriate denomination as provided in this chapter, shall have been deposited, or shall have been previously deposited for an unexpired interval of time, and the meter has been placed in operation.”
Oh, you could claim you put money in the meter and discovered upon returning that it was out of order. However, the city’s parking enforcement operation keeps track of meters in need of repairs, so it might be able to easily disprove such a claim.
In other words, park at an out-of-order meter at your own risk, and prepare to pay the man.
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