Motocross location

A view of the Country Meadows golf course, as seen from the home of Tracy and Dan Monahan along Route 149 in Fort Ann. The Fort Ann Planning Board on Tuesday night, in a 5-1 vote, approved a proposal to put a motocross track on the land.

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FORT ANN — A decision on a proposal to build a motocross track at the Country Meadows Golf Course could come on Sept. 13.

The Fort Ann Planning Board will hold a special meeting at 7 p.m. in the Fort Ann Junior-Senior High School auditorium.

“That’s going to be the final (meeting),” said board Chairman Donald Bedeaux.

The Planning Board has been considering the issue since May. It tabled the application at its Monday meeting because it did not have the results of a new sound test conducted by Jeremy Treadway, who is seeking to build a 4,300-foot-long track on the 106-acre Route 149 site.

The board now has the sound test information and documents, according to Bedeaux.

“The members are all reading them and we’re going to go from there,” he said.

Treadway had conducted a test on Aug. 20, when eight motorcyclists raced in a circle at the Country Meadows Golf Course for 15 minutes as sound engineers took readings and members of the Planning Board and public watched.

The test found that the ambient noise levels across the street on Cartier Lane averaged 47 to 51 decibels and peaked at 56 decibels. While the motorcycles were racing, the noise level was in the range of 50 to 55 decibels.

Some residents said they could still hear the constant sound during the test, but other residents could not hear anything.

Neighbors have expressed concern about noise and nuisance issues. A petition with 275 signatures opposing the track has been presented to the board.

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