More than 100 members residents showed up at Pegram City Hall for the monthly meeting of the Pegram Board of Mayor and Aldermen last Thursday.
They wanted to show their concern about the proposed construction of a gun club adjacent to the Tanglewood neighborhood. And they were heard.
Both the owner of the proposed gun club and residents addressed the board during the two-hour, standing-room-only meeting.
Pegram resident Sherrill Eatherly said that more than 130 residents had signed petitions asking the board to not rezone the property.
“I was for it (the rezone for development of the gun club), but I represent the people,” Mayor Charles Morehead said, adding that having hearing the residents’ concerns, he proposed that the rezoning ordinance be denied.
The board then voted 5-0 to deny the rezoning.
Brent Gibbs, founder and managing partner of The Gun Club of Tennessee, had proposed “a premiere recreational gun club” for the River Glen property that is currently zoned High Density Residential District.
Some of the concerns expressed about the proposed development included the potential for lead poisoning, cost of cleanup, noise pollution, and injury risk to people, wildlife, livestock and pets.
Several residents voiced opposition because of the impact that the sounds from gun shots would have on young children.
Cumberland Heights CEO Jay Crosson, speaking on behalf of ARCH Academy off of Highway 70, said he was concerned about the potential unsettling impact of shots being fired during school. The facility provides therapy and programming for a period between 60 days and six months for adolescent boys.
Many also expressed concerns about those who suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder being impacted by the sound of gunshots.
Longtime Cheatham County educator Kathy Cundall also voiced her concerns near the end of the public forum.
“There are also kids trying to improve their lives at the magnet school here for arts and music and nurturing (Pegram Elementary School),” Cundall said, adding that if the gun club was approved, she would have definitely move.
In other business, the board voted to change its meetings dates for the rest of the year. Since the October meeting was scheduled for Halloween, it will now be Tuesday, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. The November-December meeting will be on Dec. 5 because of the holiday season and the town employee dinner will be on Dec. 12.
It was also announced that Christmas in the Park will take place on Dec. 14.
The board approved the appointment of new fire recruit Grant Myers. Fire Chief Brent Stuart congratulated Pegram Firefighter Brett Barnett for his participation in the Nashville Memorial Stair Climb on Sept. 15 in memory of the first responders who died in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorists attacks.