The training facility where Dublin Police work on annual recertification for firearms will soon be improved.

The training facility where Dublin Police work on annual recertification for firearms will soon be improved.

Dublin City Council last week approved $337,179 in improvements for the Dublin Division of Police Firearms Training Range.

The facility is used for "training and qualification purposes," the staff report to council said.

Lt. Steve Farmer told council members the facility was built in 1993 and after being used by police for firearms practice it breaks down.

After research, Farmer said, the police preferred to have the improvements and retrofit done by the same company that constructed the training range in 1993.

"They've shown we can work with them in the past," he said, noting that maintenance from the company has been good.

City Councilman Michael Keenan asked if all police departments have a firing range or if this is something that could be shared.

"We share dispatching and 911 services," he said, noting Gov. John Kasich's recent call for local governments to share services to save money.

While they wouldn't be opposed to it, Farmer said, sharing a range would make it deteriorate faster.

"It would shrink the time frame (for replacement) considerably," he said.

The shooting range is currently used by Dublin Police a few times a month, Farmer said, for annual recertification and other special firearms certification and training.

"We should spend our money efficiently with something that could be a shared use like this," Keenan said. "It is a lot of money."

Councilwoman Cathy Boring said the city should tread carefully into shared services, especially with something like this that would quickly cause wear and tear.

"Consolidation of services has to be looked at carefully," she said.

City Manager Marsha Grigsby said the city will look into the possibility of opening the firing range to others.

The improvements to the firing range were approved in a 5-1 vote, with Keenan casting the dissenting ballot.

Councilwoman Marilee Chinnici-Zuercher did not attend the meeting.

Funding for the project was included in the city's capital improvement program.

Other matters

In other council news, goals for 2012-2013 were approved last week.

The goals were identified during a February goal-setting session and are:

* Increase networking between business and government to improve Dublin's economic climate.

* Create a 21st century learning environment by combining library and educational facilities.

* Realize a plan for mixed-use, walkable development in the Bridge Street corridor.

* Develop recognition of the Dublin brand.

* Create an environment of health, wellness and a balance between work and life for people that work and live in Dublin.

* Build on Dublin's practice of shared services and partnerships with private, nonprofit and other governments.

* Create a citywide training and professional development program to ensure that employees have the proper skills for the future.