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Kalamazoo Speedway says proposed ordinance could put the brakes on racing there
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – The 64-year-old Kalamazoo Speedway may have hit a speed bump. The Alamo Township board will vote Monday on a strict noise ordinance. If it passes, the speedway could essentially be shut down.
“We know we’re a nuisance business,” said owner, Gary Howe.
A new proposed ordinance to be voted on may fine Howe’s business $500 every time his race track hits more than 82 dB near any property line during the day or 55 dB past 11:00 p.m.
Howe hopes the new board would also understand he cares about his neighbors and follows his sport's sound rules.
“We force mufflers we try to keep this quiet,” said Howe, “People in the stands, we have to keep them safe and sound.”
He says he’s willing to follow the curfew, but hopes his decades-old business is able to work with the board on a new permit process.
“I wanna sit down and hammer it out,” said Howe.
Newschannel 3 also reached out to members of the Township Board.
The clerk told Newchannel 3 over the phone, she plans to make her final decision after she hears from everyone at Monday night’s meeting.