Not in My Backyard!

By: Amy Gleason
By: Amy Gleason

"The sound from this track, I don't know. It just comes right through here." Ray Floyd is describing what he lives through every weekend. He has to close his doors and turn his TV all the way up just to hear it over the Eastside Speedway. He says enough is enough.

"Now they're planning on putting a shooting range right over from it and that to me means it will go on seven days a week," added Floyd.

New plans are in the works for a big public safety training academy at the Eastside Speedway. Neighbors are worried about more noise and safety.

"It's a lot of kids around." Frances Arleen Meek has five grandchildren she watches in the summer. She worries about the big emergency vehicles coming down her narrow road. "Fire trucks might be exciting to them, but not for me."

But plans are preliminary. William Flink of the Shenandoah Criminal Justice Academy says noise and safety will be their top priority if they get the track. And if they own it, they can make the rules.

"These are the rules of the range," said Flink. "Sirens will be inside vehicles. Speakers will be kept at a certain level."

And he says if the academy doesn't buy, it could be a lot worse.

"It would be nothing for a racer to come in and want to race 150 to 160 days a year," said Flink.

He hopes it won't come to that. He wants the community and academy to reach a compromise and hopes they can be good neighbors.

Flink says he's been visiting the neighborhood to hear residents concerns.

A public meeting will be held Thursday night in the Castle School at 7 p.m.

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