FORT ANN — The owner of the motocross track may have seemed to some like he was being a stickler last Monday night when he asked the Planning Board to alter some wording in a resolution that was approved in February.
But considering the road he’s had to travel to open and keep his motocross track open, it was passed to save him any more lost time.
Motocross track owner Jeremy Treadway had a site plan approved in January but quickly found language that was not agreed on in it. He went before the board again on Monday, March 26 to seek clarifications for two of the conditions before he opened on Easter Sunday.
It was passed with 4 votes.
Planning Board members Richard Winchell and Matthew Jones abstained.
Board member Chad Wilson felt the resolution needed to be revisited for those two conditions, as well as Treadway.
Racers being prohibited to ride their bikes, ATVs or UTVs from the track to their site and a change in noise levels were two items that needed the clarifications.
Specifically there was a hang-up on the word, “operate” in the condition to ride their bikes to and from the track.
The first stipulation seems to require that once riders are done racing on the track, they have to turn off their motorcycle, ATV or UVT and push it to their site. Some board members said it just means they’re preventing riders from racing up and down the lawn.
The second stipulation makes the noise limits stricter than the ones Treadway agreed to.
There was discussion whether making the changes were necessary. Some board members said the intent of the condition was “painfully obvious,” while others questioned that.
“This is not fair to the people who have a problem with it … it’s like giving bullets to their guns for their legal actions,” Winchell said.
“You’re getting really technical about this whole thing. It’s getting totally ridiculous,” said Chairman Donald Bedeaux.
But member Brian Mattison wasn’t so sure about that.
“Past history is that, every little tidbit, there’s been issues. Issues with everything,” said Mattison.
Legal actions had been filed against Treadway twice this winter filed by six residents, none of which ever came to fruition.
Treadway felt the wording in the resolution was a way for them to “pinch him.”
“I just need to know going into this season what deck of cards I have,” Treadway said.
After a short discussion, the board voted on clarifying the conditions.
The track opened on Easter Sunday. It’s open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.