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Gun club land deal decision delayed

A proposal for the city of Ashland to buy land that has been contaminated by lead ammunition from Ashland Gun Club shooting was pulled from the Ashland City Council's agenda on Tuesday night because the city had not obtained a certified appraisal of the land.

The city of Ashland had obtained a more informal appraisal.

Oregon law requires jurisdictions to obtain certified appraisals in these types of cases, city of Ashland Attorney David Lohman said.

Environmental testing earlier this year revealed that lead shotgun pellets have contaminated 12 rural acres owned by James Miller. His land is adjacent to the gun club, which is on city-owned land off Emigrant Creek Road east of town.

Miller had proposed that the city of Ashland pay $65,000 for his contaminated land and also give him 3.8 acres of undeveloped city-owned land in the vicinity.

The city of Ashland also would have been responsible for paying $10,500 in surveying, plat preparation and Jackson County planning fee costs.

Buying Miller's land would eliminate a potential legal liability problem for the city of Ashland, according to city government staff.