FORT ANN — Jeremy Treadway, owner of the ADK MX track on Route 149, remains under fire from several residents who still oppose the track, and the issues have spread to the town.
In responding to a resident’s comment that Treadway was allowing racing last Sunday before the agreed-to 10 a.m. start time, Treadway said, “There were absolutely no motorcycles on the track before 10 a.m. There may have been some moving through the pits.”
But Supervisor Richard Moore disagreed.
“I went to Jeremy’s house at 7:30 a.m, and not only did I see there were people camping there, which is not allowed, I reminded him about the start time, that no practicing was allowed and no bikes could be operating until the agreed-upon time.
“I went back at 8:50 a.m., and sat in my car, and Mr. Treadway saw me in my car, and there were eight bikes operating on the track, so I left.”
Moore said Treadway was later issued an appearance ticket to appear in court for violating the rule.
Another issue that concerned neighbors was the appearance that Treadway had opened a second track, through parts of the grass on the property.
“I told him he had built a second racetrack and that was not allowed. The permission he received was to open a dirt track,” Moore said. “He said his attorney said it was OK if he didn’t use more than half the dirt track.”
Treadway said he was “absolutely allowed to use that field” for motorcycles. A group of riders was using both the track and the field for cross-country riding.
Treadway says he lost an estimated $60,000 to $80,000 when an MX racing series canceled this week’s racing. The group said the town’s rules against camping and overnight storage would put an undue burden on its riders and families.
“On May 28, I went to Jeremy’s track and home,” Supervisor Richard Moore said. “There were multiple trailers and campers parked up next to and behind his house. I told him this was a violation of no camping being allowed.”
“I told him there’s a town law which prohibits camping in trailers or campers,” Moore continued. “He then proceeded to tell me if he doesn’t charge any money for staying on his property, it isn’t considered camping. He also told me he was unaware there was such a town law.”
Treadway was aware of a 1990 town law that he reads to say two or more travel trailers cannot be on the same property, even if they are unoccupied, which is what led the Metropolitan Sports Committee to cancel this weekend’s races.
Moore said the law has not been enforced in the past to ban travel trailers from even being together on the same property.
Moore said he is more concerned with the portion of the law that bans overnight camping in multiple recreational vehicles outside of licensed parks.
Opposition still exists
The Planning Board’s decision to allow the track, which came with 11 conditions, was opposed by a number of residents.
“I believe there is still organized opposition to the track, but I have heard from a total of five people, and none of them have contacted Jeremy,” Moore said.
“I did have someone call me and tell me the ‘game plan’ was for them to call me every day the track was open to call me and complain about the noise,” he said. “I suggested it would be better to call Todd Humiston, who is monitoring the noise from the track.”
Moore said he has a report from Humiston and will discuss with board members at Monday’s Town Board meeting how to go forward with the information.