FORT ANN — Jeremy Treadway is remaining upbeat about the first full season of racing at his ADK MX motocross track despite issues with the weather and continued complaints from a small group of neighbors.
“We had our first race Sunday, and despite the weather, I would say it was a success. It was everything we could have expected despite the rain and the muddy track,” he said, noting the race drew 150 riders and about 300 other people. “If the weather had been better, and it wasn’t such a busy holiday weekend, we could have had a lot more people.”
Treadway said he is especially looking forward to June 10 and 11, when there are races that come during Americade.
“I think those days are going to be really busy,” Treadway said. “If the weather is good, we could have 300 or 400 racers.”
The track will be open, as usual, from Thursday through Sunday that week. The Saturday event is ADK MX Americade Spring National. There will be practice all day and professional races will start at at 3 p.m. with the Class A riders competing for a $1,000 purse. Sunday will be a points race for the Metropolitan Sports Committee racing series. It will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
There is another major event, the ADK MX Summer National, set for July 16.
While Treadway said he continues to operate under the stipulations set out by the town Planning Board, a small group of neighbors continues to pursue an Article 78 lawsuit regarding the board’s approval of the track.
Fort Ann does not have zoning, but the Planning Board did lay out a series of requirements for the track, including noise monitoring.
Town Supervisor Richard Moore said he has been monitoring the track’s compliance and said he has investigated other complaints as well.
“I did meet with Jeremy recently. The purpose of the meeting was to look into a complaint I received about lights being installed at the track,” Moore said. “No exterior lighting is allowed at the track, per the terms and conditions of the Planning Board’s resolution. There are two lights on one pole at the track. Jeremy emphatically stated he did not have these lights installed. He said they were there when he bought the property, and he has never turned the lights on.”
Treadway said he understands from Moore that there are calls to him from a small group of residents, every time the track is open.
“It’s frustrating. I keep doing the right things, and I know I am doing the right things,” he said. “I know this track is the right thing for the area.”
Treadway said he has heard from several local merchants that they have seen an uptick in business when the track is open, and he said he knows some of the families are staying at Moose Hillock Camping Resort, which is also on Route 149 in Fort Ann.
‘Great place for kids’
On a recent Sunday, a dozen or so families were at the track for a practice session.
Jen Livingstone was on hand with her sons Meric, 9, and Colson, 16.
“They got their first dirt bikes together, and it’s really awesome,” she said. “This is something they can do as brothers, even though they are so different in age.”
Livingstone was standing with Marianne McCulloch, whose 15-year-old son Zachary was also riding.
Behind them, several families had pop-up tents set up with grills and food.
“It’s a great place for the kids to come and get outside,” Livingstone said. “I think what he has done here is great. Jeremy is always out there helping the kids.”
Colson said he especially likes the track, even when it gets a little muddy.
“It’s a big track, and it’s got something for everyone,” he said.
“It’s more technical than some of the other local tracks,” Zachary McCulloch said. “It’s a well-put-together track.”