Tuesday, August 06, 2002

Paintball games on hold for court ruling

By Sheila McLaughlin smclaughlin@enquirer.com
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        LEBANON - Paintball games at a small Wayne Township horse farm were shut down Monday for two weeks while a Warren County judge decides whether the activities violate zoning regulations.

        Township officials filed a court complaint last week to stop property owners Dan and Cindy Grissam from holding the games and tournaments on their 23 acres at 8166 Township Line Road. They say the couple, who also sell paintball equipment from their 3-D Paintball shop on Ohio 73, were violating the zoning code by running a business on residential property.

        Neighbors, who objected to the traffic and the “dust bowl” it created, complained to township officials in May, the court document said.

        Mr. Grissam, who attended Monday's hearing before Judge P. Daniel Fedders without a lawyer, said he will return to court with one in 14 days to fight the action.

        He said he began offering paintball games four months ago after his 12-year-old son became interested in the sport. He said many of the activities are geared toward youth, although popularity is growing among adults.

        “If they (kids) don't come here, they are out in the woods unsupervised,” Mr. Grissam said.

        “I'm strictly against the kids playing paintball unsupervised, as a parent.”

        The township alleges that Mr. Grissam sells equipment from an illegal shed during the games and charges admission. Mr. Grissam said he charges a $12 admission fee, which includes lunch and use of the CO 1/2-2 3/4 gun.


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