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E-M:/ Race track noise
I'm Dave Smethurst from Gaylord. Have been
involved in Pigeon River and other environmental issues over the years. We are
now gearing up for a little battle in our backyard. A local race track
developer wants to build a stock car track on the side of the Sturgeon River
Valley. Noise will echo up and down the valley for miles. We have
raised money for a legal battle if needed, but believe we can head it off
without going to court. We do deed data/documentation about the impact of
race tracks on their neighbors in terms of noise and property values. Did
anybody collect that kind of info during the proposal for a race track at the
State Fairgrounds in Detroit? Or anywhere else?
We are teaming with Kieth Schneider and
the Michigan Land Use Institue on this one. Once this battle is done we
hope to transition to the overall questions of land use and urban sprawl (if you
can have that in the north country) in Otsego County, one of Michigan's fastest
growing counties. Maybe we need to coin a new word? "Nowral" = northern sprawl. Or, "Northern
Spread". Or ???? use your imagination. We will try to
make this a win/win thing for all concerned.
Any thoughts or suggestions are always
welcome. Good to be in touch with all of you. If I can be of help on
anything, please e-mail.