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HIGH WATER & Montpelier Gun Club

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by Joe Potosky, Jun 4, 2011.

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  1. Joe Potosky

    Joe Potosky Well-Known Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    Received in the mail.... Puts the posting "The Cost of Membership - Think of a 209 Primer" in perspective!

    Dennis DeVEaux,
    87 Eastview Drive, East Thetford, VT 05043


    May 31, 2011

    Dear Fellow Shooters:

    As most of you know, the Barre-Montpelier area was hard hit by a severe rainstorm last Thursday night. With anywhere from four to six inches of rain falling in such a short period of time there was no place for the water to go but downhill and into the streams and rivers—notably the Winooski. Along with the cities of Barre and Montpelier, the Montpelier Gun Club was directly in the line of fire.

    Many of you have already seen the damage that was done to the grounds of the Montpelier Gun Club. With the high water mark at almost three feet up on the clubhouse doors, everything was coated with several inches of mud. Most everything inside the clubhouse has either been destroyed or is in need of a thorough washing and drying. We have lost some trap parts, some of our computer equipment, and other valuable items and supplies. The floor of the clubhouse is coated with a heavy layer of mud and debris. Everything will need to be removed so that the mud can be shoveled and washed out.

    The trap machines were in the houses as they were to be adjusted and serviced by the Pat-Trap mechanic soon. They will need to be removed, washed, thoroughly dried, and have the hydraulic fluid changed in preparation for service by the mechanic. We did not have any boxes of clay targets stored in the houses and that is a good thing, however the trap houses will need to have the accumulated mud shoveled out and then a good pressure washing will be in order.

    The cook shack will need a complete cleaning as well as washing.

    There are many areas around the grounds that will need to be graded and/or smoothed with a york rake and then reseeded. Some areas did not receive as much mud and it appears that the grass will just grow right up through.

    As you can well imagine, there is a lot of work to be done. The flood has added insult to injury for the Club as we have already had our work cut out for us in managing the construction of the shot containment curtain. The cost for the curtain project has come in a lot higher than originally planned—to the tune of $145,000 (actual low bid) as opposed to our original estimate of approximately $80,000. This is a serious shortfall and the members of the shot curtain committee are hard at work right now trying to find ways to reduce the cost to a more reasonable level but we will still need other financial help. However, time is working against us right now as we are trying to complete this project so that we can still hold the already rescheduled Vermont State Shoot, our major source of revenue for the entire year, later in July.

    We have some serious challenges in the days and weeks ahead. In a nutshell, we need your help. Please, if you have some spare time soon, either on weekdays or weekends, to help with any of the items mentioned above, we certainly could use it. If you have, or have access to, any equipment that could be used in any of the above mentioned work we certainly could use it. If you would be so inclined to contribute in a monetary way instead, it would be very much appreciated.

    Donations can be sent to:

    PO Box 664, Montpelier, VT 05601

    Whatever you can do will be greatly appreciated.

    If you would just like to show up at the club to help, I’m sure that there will be many members working there during the days and weeks ahead. If you would like to find out when people will be at the club working or if you have any ideas on ways to help, please feel free to call Milan Lawson at 802-223-7061.

    The Montpelier Gun Club is a unique facility. It has been in existence for well over 100 years and has been a source of recreation and enjoyment for many generations. It has seen its share of adversity over the years, most notably with flooding, and this year is no exception although our challenges have been complicated tremendously with the planning, permitting, financing, and construction of the shot containment curtain. In this day and age of highly restrictive laws and regulations concerning gun clubs we will never be able to build another facility like it in Vermont. We must find a way to keep it in operation for now and the future. Please help in whatever way that you can in the days and weeks ahead.

    Thank you for your concern and interest in helping to keep the Montpelier Gun Club functioning at this time.


    Dennis DeVEaux
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