The Inver Grove Heights Planning Commission spent three hours on June 5 trying to decide whether or not to recommend a DNR-sponsored firearms safety program in Darvan Acres, a huge plot of land owned by Vance Grannis, Jr.
After much discussion, the Planning Commission recommended the program be allowed.
The City Council spent a similar amount of time debating the same issue during Monday night's council meeting. The Council ultimately voted in favor of an interim use permit for the site, which, in theory, grants permission for the class to happen for an as-yet undetermined number of years.
Monday night's vote was the first in a series of readings of the issue, so nothing has been decided yet. Issues still being debated include noise control, number of classes, notification logistics and the number of participants per class.
Among the top issues to be considered remains changing a city ordinance to allow residents to discharge firearms within city limits. This is an issue that brings up a host of potential problems.
But, based on the intense scrutiny the issue has received, perhaps it's time for IGH residents to voice their concerns. Put simply ...