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Noise ordinance to be discussed in Alamo

Updated: Monday, February 11 2013, 11:37 AM EST
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ALAMO TOWNSHIP, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – Monday night leaders in Alamo Township will discuss a proposed noise ordinance and the owners of the Kalamazoo Speedway fear it could force them out of business.

This is a controversy that is getting buzz on the internet, spreading through the NASCAR community on Twitter and racing blogs.

Nascar champ Brad Kesolowski even speaking out against the ordinance.

Monday night the community will have a chance to give their input. Alamo Township wants to enforce the Kalamazoo County noise ordinance on the 64-year-old speedway.

It would impose an 11:00 p.m. curfew on the track and limit noise to 82-decibels, which is much lower than any race car.

The owner of the Kalamazoo Speedway says he doesn't understand why the township wants to push out one of their top businesses.

He also says he's willing to work with the township and even follow the 11:00 p.m. curfew.

Owner Gary Howe says he's hoping to work with the board on a new permit process.

“We know we're a nuisance business. We force mufflers we try to keep this quiet. I wanna sit down and hammer it out,” said Howe.

We reached out to all members of the township board. The township clerk would only say she plans to make her final decision after she hears from everyone at Monday night's meeting.

We contacted the current NASCAR Champion Brad Keselowski on Twitter to get his reaction. He replied: "If the city were to force the track to be shut down, it would be a huge loss for auto-racing & the community. In the racing community, Kalamazoo Speedway has a rich heritage that extends the legacy of its region to great depths."

That meeting is at 7:00 p.m. We will keep you updated on what's decided.

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