The Board of Supervisors said Tuesday that it intends to spend an estimated $250,000 to renovate the pistol range at the Orange County Sheriff's Academy in Orange, which was closed a year ago after stray bullets began falling to the ground outside the range.
County Administrative Officer Larry Parrish said that building a new range at the Musick jail annex near El Toro would cost an estimated $2 million to $3 million, making it more economical to fix up the Orange facility.
Parrish said that closing the firing range has cost the county about $72,600 a year in lost revenue and added expenses, primarily from having recruits use the South Coast Gun Club for target practice.
The county began using the Katella Avenue facility in 1963, a year after the Orange County Peace Officers Assn. deeded it to the county on the condition that it be used to train peace officers, Assistant Sheriff Walter Fath said.