Dirt-bike dust-up

Owner of Hidden Meadows Golf Course says noise from neighbor’s track is driving away customers

— The owner of a Glenmont golf course went before the Bethlehem Town Board on Wednesday, April 23, with a signed petition in opposition to the noise generated by his dirt-bike-riding neighbors.

Joe Rappazzo said he has lost business since the property next door to Hidden Meadows was purchased and turned into an amateur dirt bike course. The Zimmerman family responded that they purposely purchased the large piece of land in a rural area so their children could practice without disturbing the neighbors.

“We haven’t had a single person complain except the owner of the golf course,” said Suzanne Zimmerman.

The mother of three said she and her husband bought the property on Wemple Road so their sons could ride their dirt bikes. The family paid $80,000 for 35 acres of vacant land last October.

In the summer months, the boys compete in motocross racing.

Rappazzo brought forth a petition with 75 signatures from neighbors and another petition with 50 signatures from customer against the noise. He said since the start of spring, the boys have been riding their dirk bikes on nights and weekends, and the noise is upsetting his golfers.

Zimmerman said her family was willing to work out certain times to ride that would suit the golf course, but the expectations had to be reasonable. Her oldest son, Kenny, works and goes to school, while her other children attend Glenmont Elementary. They typically only have time to ride on evenings and weekends.

“In the summer, they shouldn’t be riding on the weekends because they will be away competing,” said Zimmerman after the meeting.

She said the family has two acres at their house on Bender Lane, but the bikes were ruining the yard so they purchased the extra property.

Rappazzo said working out times has been an issue because the same times someone would want to ride a dirt bike, are the primary times people like to golf. Gilda Rappazzo also said the noise has been disturbing the sleep of her grandchildren.

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