Residents revved up over dirt track

Councilman Gerard Parisi, however, said there is really no good reason for the issue dragging on.

"It is very clear that it is a racetrack under our code, and it is very clear that the building department should enforce the code," said Parisi. "For whatever reason, and I don't know what it is, I never get an answer, and the town administration refuses to deal with this problem."

Although Del Gallo said they have not discussed the issue, Parisi said he has spoken to supervisor about it in the past and has the e-mail messages to prove it.

Rotterdam town code defines a racetrack as "any ground, area or track upon which races, contestants or demonstrators of skill or stunts are conducted for the enjoyment or entertainment of the public or for the gratification of the contestants who use go-carts, stock cars, motor scooters, midget autos, motorcycles, motor vehicles or any other vehicle that is propelled by more than human power."

Deputy Supervisor Robert Godlewski said Mickey Maher, the town building inspector, interprets the code, and Town Attorney Michael Godlewski has had many discussions regarding the interpretation. According to Robert Godlewski, Maher doesn't interpret the code to mean the contested dirt track is a racetrack.

"The sad part is, the way that it's written, it is kind of ambiguous," said Robert Godlewski. "I've read it and I have questions in my mind too. What this board can do is rewrite this code."

Godlewski said there were talks about three months ago to set a decibel level restriction, but after doing some research on surrounding communities, there were some questions about how to enforce the restriction.

During the board's next agenda meeting on Monday, Aug. 20, at 5 p.m. members will review video evidence of the track and make a decision on regarding the situation.""

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