The Delta County 4-H Shooting Sports facility in Tongue Creek Valley will be getting a long-hoped-for improvement, compliments of two local governments that believe in the value of the 4-H shooting sports program.
The Orchard City Town Board, acting on April 10, said it would donate an outside-of-town water tap and some 1,300 feet of two-inch water line to bring domestic water service to the multi-sport range on Trap Club Road.
In addition, the county has agreed to provide all the excavation and installation work for the line and tap. District 2 County Commissioner Bruce Hovde said that he expects the fresh water will be flowing to the 'dobies for local 4-H'ers and their parent advisors to use for their many practice and competition events at the facility this summer.
The shooting sports program is very popular with local youth and their parents. Delta County's 4-H program is one of the very few, perhaps the only one, in the state to have its own dedicated range facility to use.
The facility's availability has been credited with local 4-H shooting teams winning championships on both the state and national levels of competition.
Having fresh flowing water at the 'dobies facility will be a big improvement, and one long dreamed of by participants and parents in the local shooting sports program. "I want to personally thank the Orchard City trustees for their generous donation to the 4-H shooting sports range," Hovde said at a recent trustee work session. "There are a whole bunch of kids and parents who will really appreciate having water there."
The Orchard City trustees' action came following an official request by Mayor Don Suppes for donation of the tap and the two-inch water line material. The water line is valued at up to $1 per foot, according to town staff. "The (normal) cost of an out-of-town tap is $15,500 with $2,500 (of that $15,500) allocated to the water acquisition fund," explained Town Clerk Melissa Oelke. "An average tap installation cost is approximately $457," she added. The Orchard City trustees also agreed to donate materials for meter pit installation.
The county, which owns another Orchard City water tap at the neighboring Adobe Buttes Landfill, has also agreed to pay the monthly water charges at the shooting sports facility, Hovde said.
In requesting that his town board make the donation for the 4-H'ers highly popular and successful shooting sports program to use, Suppes noted teaching youth the proper way to own and use firearms is a project worth supporting.
Hovde, in whose district the 4-H shooting sports facility is located, said, "Don Suppes and I have been talking about how to accomplish this for a couple of years. I really commend the town of Orchard City for stepping up to the plate on this."blog comments powered by Disqus