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 — Nearly four months after Jeremy Treadway first asked the town Planning Board for approval to build a motocross track, he finally got an answer Tuesday night.

In a special meeting, held in the Fort Ann Junior-Senior High School auditorium to accommodate the 90 attendees, the board approved the project with a series of conditions by a vote of 5-1. The lone no vote came from Richard Winchell.

“I am relieved,” said Treadway, who runs a motorsports company in Ticonderoga and now lives in a home on the site where he will be building the track. “It has been a stressful five months. We are really excited about it, and we will get to work soon.”

The board included a list of 12 conditions under which it was granting the application, which had first been considered in May. Many of the conditions had been previously discussed, either by Treadway or by concerned neighbors.

Treadway’s proposal is to construct a 4,300-foot-long track at the 106-acre Country Meadows golf course, which he purchased over the summer even though he had not yet received permission to build the track. The site is at 10786 state Route 149.

The board will require Treadway to perform a sound test on each motorcycle to make sure it is not producing more than 105 decibels. He must keep detailed records and not allow any motorcycle on the track if its sound level is higher than 105 decibels.

The board also mandated the track’s season be from the last week in April to the second week of October. The track will be allowed to be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday to Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

There will be a limit of 20 motorcycles on the track at any one time and all races will be run under American Motorcyclist Association rules. There will be no alcohol in the pit area, no external lights or sound, and Treadway’s engineers must provide information on the earth berms that will be built at the track.

The board also told Treadway he must pay for the town’s engineering work within 30 days, must make sure the sound in neighbors’ yards does not rise more than 6 decibels, cannot allow camping, cannot have fuel stations and must get a letter from the state Department of Environmental Conservation regarding water use from Halfway Brook.

At last month’s meeting, Chairman Donald Bedeaux tabled the public hearing and vote because the board had not yet officially received the results of a test Treadway had conducted on Aug. 20.

Board members received the information and reviewed it in advance of Tuesday’s meeting.

The previous public hearings had included strong support on both sides. Tuesday’s meeting was a little less crowded and the comment period lasted only 45 minutes.

The six-member board then adjourned for a 15-minute private meeting with Town Attorney Jeffrey Meyer. Meyer then reviewed the long-form State Environmental Quality Review Environmental Impact Assessment. The board voted for a negative declaration, meaning there was no major environmental impact.

From there, Chad Wilson made a motion to approve the application with conditions, and William Hohmann seconded it.

Meyer read the resolution, which lists the conditions Treadway must abide by.

“We suggested many of them,” said Jon Lapper, Treadway’s attorney. “We feel we have worked closely with the town.”

Michael Borgos, an attorney representing about two dozen residents who oppose the track, said he will be meeting with his clients to see how they want to proceed.

Borgos said the board’s conditions were a positive step, but noted that the focus will now be enforcement. He said while one of the conditions is that each motorcycle be tested for sound, it is being done by the track.

“There’s no third party involved,” he said. “That is a concern.”

There are motocross tracks in Granville and Greenwich, but none on the scale of Treadway’s plans.

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