Funding sought for shooting sports building


The Dubois County 4-H Council and the local 4-H Shooting Sports program are still searching for ways to fund the construction of a storage building on fairgrounds property.

4-H Council head Casey Reckelhoff and Hannah Beck, the president of the 4-H Shooting Sports Instructor Council, laid out the situation to the Dubois County Council on Monday afternoon.

Quotes show the total project cost would be around $29,000. But the groups have amassed a combined pool of only $11,000 in funds that can be used for the 30-by-40, pole-style building’s construction.

“They’re getting to the point now where it is cheaper to buy things in bulk,” Reckelhoff told the council. “And they’re looking into that. So, they’re needing a little bit more storage space, a little bit more security than what we have because a lot of the buildings we have aren’t necessarily devoted to them.”

Currently, firearms are stored on-site at the fairgrounds in a walk-in, concrete vault. Reckelhoff said the program has grown to the point that pallets of clay pigeons, ammunition and other items are housed in parts of five different buildings on fairgrounds property.

The intention is to consolidate all of that miscellaneous equipment under one, secure roof.

“They’ve gotten quite a bunch of stuff stored out there,” Reckelhoff said. “So ... they’re in need of more space now than what we have, than what we’re willing to give. And that’s kind of why now we’re maybe entertaining this idea, that it’s time to maybe move them up to having their own building.”

The county shooting sports program was established more than three decades ago. Its main goal is to educate youth and adults on the topic of firearm safety. The self-sufficient club — which is also a licensed nonprofit — teaches 4-H members and also leads hunter education programs and archery skills programs at schools.

Reckelhoff said the 4-H council supports the shooting sports program’s goal to make the building a reality.

“They’re not only our largest club, they’re probably one of, if not the largest shooting sports club in the state,” Reckelhoff said. “[The] Dubois County Shooting Sports program has been extremely successful.”

County council members encouraged Reckelhoff and Beck to seek funding from the Dubois County Community Foundation and the Rural Electrical Co-op’s Operation Round Up initiative. After that, they told the 4-H representatives to return and update them on their search.

“And we’ll have a discussion again,” said Jerry Hunefeld, county council president.

The county council also:

• Approved adopting the 2020 budgets for the county, solid waste management district, airport, Northeast Dubois Fire District and Northeast Dubois County School Corporation.

• Approved a consensus to advertise the appropriation of $3,000 in funds for a community corrections shed. The county commissioners previously approved the appropriation of $3,000. It will be voted on for final approval at the council’s next meeting.

• Approved appropriating an additional $4,000 from the county highway department’s cumulative bridge fund for bridge inspection.

• Approved appropriating $18,000 from the solid waste sticker fund for refuse disposal.

• Approved the appropriation of $40,000 from the cumulative capital development fund for various computer upgrades and renewals.

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