Sportsman club moves closer to having its own site in Lake County

BALDWIN — Plans are progressing in full gear for the Lake County Sportsman Club to have its own site at the Baldwin airport area.

Club president Rick Delamater reported at Saturday’s club meeting that the Pleasant Plains Township board has voted to deed the club the property.

“Now we’re going through the steps to have the deed properly worked on, (with) the zoning adjustments, to change it from industrial to rural forest that allows sportsman clubs,” Delamater said. “Those are the steps we’re working on. There will probably be some costs of transfer, we’re estimating $1,000 to $1,500. We’re doing an assessment to our current members of $50. We’ll do special assessments for land assessment costs.”

The club currently has 53 members.

“There’s a few out-of-towners,” Delamater said. “Probably 75 to 80 percent are local. As soon as we get the deeds, then we start making plans on how to use the property.”

Board members have discussed setting up outdoor archery and shooting ranges in the early stages of developing the property with construction of a clubhouse perhaps coming at a later date.

Most likely, development would begin in the spring, Delamater indicated.

“But that’s fine because we want to make sure it’s done right, and done to the best of our ability because it would probably be there for a long time,” he said. “Everybody’s pretty excited. It’s been in the works for a couple of years. It’s a great step forward.“