Mount Pleasant police officers will soon get to practice shooting to meet their annual certifications at home instead of renting time elsewhere.

Trustees Monday will vote on whether or not to approve the chosen bid to construct the police department firing range.

Racine County Eye has messages into Mount Pleasant police Chief Tim Zarzecki to get details about the bid and a proposed construction timeline. We will update this story after we speak to him.

The funds to pay for the project come from $350,000 borrowed from the village’s sewer utility, $75,000 from SC Johnson, $80,000 in impact fees and $7,000 won by Officer Eric Geise in a shooting contest last year.

Constructing the range was projected to cost about $475,000 and is expected to save the village about $20,000 per year on the low end. Officers will be able to complete their required shooting practice while on duty, in uniform and available to take calls instead of visiting local shooting ranges while they’re off duty and on overtime.

Savings could go up, Zarzecki told Finance/Legal/License committee members last spring, because other agencies – local and federal – are interested in renting the range.

The range will not be open to the public.

Safety is another reason Zarzecki wants to finish the range; officers have been using Shooters in Caledonia to practice, but an accidental shooting in January and a suicide there in February has officials concerned.

The room for the range already exists at the police department, but it wasn’t finished during construction of the village hall because of cost.

The Mount Pleasant Village Board meets at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Village Hall, 8811 Campus Drive. Call (262) 664-7800.

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