Carbon County's firing range is moving along quickly.
Frank Shubeck, the work release/treatment director at the Carbon County Correctional Facility in Nesquehoning, reported that progress is being made on the new 75-foot by 150-foot range, which will be located on the Broad Mountain behind the prison.
"We're getting a lot of cooperation," he said, noting that currently six work-release inmates, as well as three sergeants at the prison, have been working at clearing trees and brush from the area.
Shubeck recognized Packer Township, which allowed the prison to borrow its chipper/shredder to remove the trees, and Bob Stempa Excavating of Nesquehoning, who volunteered his time and equipment to remove stumps, excavate the land and create a 15-foot-tall by 50-foot-wide berm.
The cost to the county will only be fuel costs for Stempa's equipment.
The next step, Shubeck said, will be to acquire lumber to build target holders and maybe some benches. He is looking for donated wood from area businesses.
The firing range will be used a few weeks a year by county correctional officers, the sheriff's department, probation officers and the Nesquehoning Police Department for training purposes.
It has been approved by the county planning commission, Nesquehoning Zoning Board and the borough.