Noise monitoring to continue at motocross park
The order by Visiting Judge Guy Martin Young required the noise monitoring in response to a lawsuit by a neighbor of the park in Milford. Young ordered the county to make sure noise is monitored at each motocross racing event to keep the noise from exceeding the noise limits allowed in the county General Plan.
“I’m pretty certain that the board, at least I would like to think so, isn’t even aware of the maximum cost exposure this contract has on our facility,” Owner Larry Wosick told the board at its Tuesday, May 8 meeting.
Saying a contractor he hired charged only $1,700 per event, Wosick told the board the county’s contractor charged $7,500 for one weekend of monitoring.
He said he had a hard time understanding why the board would approve such an expensive contract.
Lise Wosick compared the contract to handing someone else the park owners’ checkbook. She said the court didn’t order the monitoring to shut the motocross park down.
“Please allow us the opportunity to have the monitoring done once again, paid for after every event, as we were doing initially, and submitting the results to the county in a timely manner,” Larry Wosick asked the board. “It is only in this manner that we will be able to carry on.
“If we were doing this as a business, I would have long ago closed the doors. But as you guys all know, it’s not a business to me. It’s a passion and it’s a desire to provide something nice for this community. That is the one and the only reason we’ve allowed ourselves to get beat up like this.”
County Counsel Craig Settlemire said the county took over the monitoring because the Wosicks’ contractor was only monitoring races on Sundays in 2004. Wosick said the court recognized races on the lower track at the park had very little noise impact, so, he didn’t order monitoring at races held only on the lower track.
District 2 Supervisor Jim Chapman said he didn’t believe the court ever intended the monitoring to go on forever and suggested the Wosicks take the matter back to court for clarification. Lisa Wosick said the park owners were in the process of going back to court for clarification.
“The sooner the better,” said District 3 Supervisor Lloyd Keefer.
Until the court clarifies the order, the Wosicks asked the board to direct the county’s contractor to station only one person at the track to monitor the noise, instead of three employees, who run the bill up to $7,500 per event.
Board members said they weren’t qualified to say if having only one person monitoring the noise would violate the court order. Former Senior Planner Rick Simon, who recently retired, worked with the contractor, Wilson and Ihrig of Associated of Oakland, to decide how many people to monitor noise at each event, based on the number of racers expected to complete.
New Community Development Director Conrad Montgomery told the board he would work with the Wosicks to come up with a noise-monitoring agreement that will meet the court order.
After an almost two-hour discussion, the board agreed 3-1, with Board Chairman Brian Dahle absent and Chapman voted no, to contract with Wilson and Ihrig to monitor the noise levels at the June 2,3 and 9,10 races. If the Wosicks and Montgomery can come up with an agreement before June 9 to have the park owners hire a noise monitoring contract, the board will cancel it’s contract with Wilson and Ihrig.
“We’re trying to comply with the judgment at the most economical cost possible,” District 5 Supervisor Jack Hanson, who was acting as chairman.
Chapman said he voted no because his trust in the community development department has been shattered and Montgomery’s handling of the agreement with the Wosicks will determine if his trust is restored.
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