President: Bruce GuitherDirectors Term Expiring Vice President: Warren Bishop 2016 2015 Recording Secretary: Arnie Hart Bob Jensen Doug Carden Financial Treasurer: Al WicksJim AmlongDon McConnel Chief Range Officer: Ron Bushell Ian WickDoc Stock
March Board Meeting
Attendees; Warren Bishop, Arnie Hart, Al Wicks, Ron Bushell
Bob Jensen, Jim Amlong, Ian Wicke Doug Carden, Don McConnel
Absent; Bruce Guither on vacation Doug Carden, Bob Jensen, and Ron Bushell
There were also 4 regular members in attendance
Insurance has been added to cover the indoor range building during construction. We should make plans to periodically review and update our insurance needs as construction progresses and assets appreciate
A handful of members have gone delinquent or have not converted to the new dues structure after being contacted several times. We have posted the notice to change the combinations 3 times in the newsletter. Al will email the new combination to all current regular members prior to the change
May 23rd has been set aside for the Fort Madison Shooting Sports Federation trap and pistol event for high school students. Please note the range will be closed for the duration of this event. Members are encouraged to come out to support these high school students during the competition
The board would like to recognize and thank Bob Jensen for his work repairing and rebuilding the steel targets and for stepping up to the plate to run the April Practical Shooter’s match
Follow up on meetings with Maloney Builders are on going; Debris inside building has been removed, Electrical panel has been installed. Shawn Maloney has raised a concern about the need to install some type of lockout device on our LP tank. Shawn will send weekly updates as well as making himself available to have periodically meeting with Arnie as the need dictates during construction.
The PEX for radiant floor heating will be delivered 4/23/15. Arnie will install the PEX as construction progresses. A concern was raised about the expense of heating the shooting booth area and maintaining the temperature while the indoor range is not in use. The installation of in floor radiant heat was a building committee decision as well as the possibility of installing overhead radiant heat as we progress. The in floor radiant heat can be left dormant and/or tied in with an outside wood heat source and/or geothermal heating and should serve the club well into the future
During the last week in April demolition of the north wall and construction of a new wall got under way in earnest. The new wall will have twice as much steel in it as the old wall had. As the construction progressed problems with the existing floor became apparent. The old floor was poured on a substrate of limestone and dirt without any steel in it and had developed many hollow spots under it which is why so many cracks had opened up in it. As the north wall concrete was being saw cut to facilitate it’s removal the floor began to drop. Two saw cuts were made from the east to the west down the center of the concrete floor in preparation of installing a footing for a new load bearing wall. these saw cuts allowed the floor to drop as much as 3 inches in some places
When Maloney and his crew returned the first week of May to remove the concrete between the two saw cuts across the center of the floor and begin forming the new foundation the floor continued to drop. As construction progressed the floor dropped in spots anywhere from a quarter inch up to two inches near the west end. by this time the west end of the floor had dropped roughly three inches and had a hollow space under the concrete approximately six inches deep eight feet wide and going all the way from the center of the floor to the north wall.
We had only budgeted a bandage repair to the floor in hopes we could get by, but it had become apparent we would need to demo and remove the old floor and pour a new floor the full length and width of our building. The cost of this phase of the project will be $15,000. With the allowance we had put in place to make a bandage repair applied to installing a new floor we would end up $10,200 over our budget. If we were to wait until after the new roof is installed and the building was closed up the the cost of the new floor could be as much as $20,000 because of the additional labor required and the difficulty accessing the inside of the building with the required equipment to do the job.
Because of the short window of opportunity Arnie polled the board members via email and found there was enough support to proceed with the floor replacement at this time while accessibility is not an issue. A change order was issued to start the process of removing the old floor
The West Liberty Gun Club Building Committee is in need of additional funding to complete the initial phase of our reconstruction
The board is looking at several options to raise funds as we move ahead with this project.
Anyone who may be thinking about making a tax deductible donation toward our reconstruction may do so by mailing a check to;
West Liberty Gun Club Building Committee Fund
901 W Prairie St
PO Box 244
West Liberty, IA 52776
Plans are being put in place to repair the target mechanisms and get back on track with the Bulls Eye Shooters. With a little luck (and a lot of hart work) we are hopeful to have these matches restarted sometime in June
West Liberty has been awarded a slot for the Open/Limited 10 Nationals in Frost Proof Florida October 7-10, 2015.
Club members who also are USPSA members wanting the slot should let me know as soon as possible so we can claim the slot or let our Sectional coordinator extend the offer to other clubs.
The WLGC is in need of:
Safety Glasses Hearing Protection Two 15′ pieces of 24″ steel culvert
If you can donate or loan these items to the club please contact any Board member
A word from our treasurer
We have a handful of members who have become delinquent or who have not made themselves current under the new dues structure. Because of the extent of construction we will be undergoing in the future it is imperative that we make every attempt to bring everyone on-board with this and future projects.
Also, because of the fire we do not have membership records and/or waivers for many members on file.
The combination to the front gate and the target was changed the first of May.
All current members should have received the new combinations.
We have renewed our membership in National Shooting Sports
Please be prepared to show your membership card at the request of WLGC range officers or staff any time you are on club property.
REGULAR BOARD MEETING;
The next Board meeting will be May 27th at the WL Community Center at 7:00 PM all members are invited to attend
New Member Orientation;
A New Member Orientation Safety Class is scheduled for 9:00 AM Saturday morningMay16that the club.
For those of you who are planning ahead there will be no safety class in August
Iowa Concealed Inc. has arranged for the members of the West Liberty Gun Club to receive a 15% discount on training.
To receive the discount enter Libertyas the discount code at checkout
As of November 6, 2014 the West Liberty Gun Club has been recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. What that means for the club is that donations to the club can be recognized by the donor as a charitable donation for tax purposes. Payments for dues or match fees are not considered donations. However donations of cash or equipment can now be considered a charitable donation. This will help tremendously when it comes to our fundraising efforts.