Grain Valley, Mo., Speedway receives noise complaints

GRAIN VALLEY, Mo. - City leaders in Grain Valley, Mo., waved a green flag on Wednesday to allow dirt track racing to continue for the time-being.

Residents and racers packed Wednesday night's meeting of the Grain Valley City Council where they debated the issue of noise and whether weekend races at Valley Speedway are a violation of city ordinance.

The track opened about 10 years ago, but recently some residents started a petition claiming the track was too loud.

"Basically, they're saying the sound ordinance is 65 decibels at the property line. Based on that, shut it down," Valley Speedway Owner Dennis Shrout said.

But resident Barabara Kountzman says that isn't the case.

"I've never said 'Shut the speedway down.' I've said 'You knew what the ordinance was when you opened the track. Live with the ordinance,'" she said.

After hearing the public comments, city leaders voted to allow the races to go on while they study the issue further.

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