The planned shooting and archery complex at Georgia Southern University took another step toward becoming reality Wednesday.
Statesboro City Council approved an intergovernmental agreement between the city and the university. Council members present voted in favor of the agreement. Councilmen Phil Boyum and Travis Chance were absent for the special called meeting, which took about seven minutes.
Before the vote, City Manager Frank Parker summarized the agreement.
Council already had pledged $500,000 to the university to help pay for the complex — half by May 1 and the other half by July 31.
Wednesday's vote allows the university to present the finalized agreement to the University System of Georgia Board of Regents at the Regents' next meeting, scheduled for May 14 in Atlanta.
The agreement grants a naming recognition opportunity for the City of Statesboro in the firing range, provides range and classroom time to the Statesboro Police Department for official training sessions, allows for reduced firing range rates to Police Department members for individual training and target practice, and sets a special rate of $6 for city residents and city employees for one visit every month — the regular rate would apply for additional visits.
Parker said his understanding is that the complex will be open seven days a week, with projected hours of 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Responding to questions from council members, Parker said that anyone using complex would be required to take a safety training course and submit to a background check, as per University System regulations.
The city manager added that construction is expected to begin this summer and be complete within a year.
"I think they're planning on using it for school facilities as of fall, not this coming year but the following year," Parker said.
Jason Wermers may be reached at (912) 489-9431.