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Rotterdam dirt track determined to not be a racetrack

Residents and dirt bikers have an answer to a long-awaited question: Is the path on a patch of light-industrial land at Maple Street and Wedgewood Heights a racetrack or just a dirt track?

The dirt track is not a racetrack, according to Mickey Maher. Marc Della Villa owns the contested parcel, which has a dirt track for dirt bikes and ATVs. Neighboring residents have complained about the noise of the activity, and town officials have been looking into if the dirt track falls under the town code definition for a racetrack.

We now have a determination it is not a racetrack from the code enforcement officer and the board has to decide how they want to proceed next, said Robert Godlewski, deputy supervisor for the town, on Wednesday morning.

Initially the ruling from Maher was unclear and the Rotterdam Town Board had to wait till after the Town Board meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 27, to release the official determination.

During the meeting Robert Godlewski, deputy supervisor for the town, said he received an e-mail on Oct. 26 from Mickey Maher, town building inspector, about the determination of the dirt track, but the ruling wasn't clear from the message.

"On that letter that we received, I'll be honest with you, I can not make that determination," said Godlewski at the meeting about the decision. "I have sent him an e-mail asking him, in fact, 'Is it or is it not a racetrack,' and no matter how he decides, what are the alternatives either applicant has. I have not received an answer yet. I'm sure the supervisor will follow up on it tomorrow."

Supervisor Frank Del Gallo talked to Maher the morning of Wednesday, Nov. 3, and confirmed the dirt track wasn't a racetrack.

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