Grain Valley Board of Aldermen order Valley Raceway to close

GRAIN VALLEY, Mo. - A late-night decision by the Grain Valley Board of Aldermen has shut down the last race track in Jackson County.

City leaders say Valley Raceway has been getting a lot of noise complaints and has not been up to city code.

Residents packed into Thursday night’s meeting and the back and forth from each side seemed more like a court case than a board meeting.

City attorneys say Valley Raceway and its owner, Dennis Shrout, are in violation of their conditional use permit for the site and have been for years, primarily for failure to keep noise levels at the property's edge below 65 decibel.

That’s basically about the level of a loud conversation.

Just before 1 a.m., the board decided to put the brakes on the race track.

In a statement released early Friday morning, the city administrator said they want to work with Shrout to see the noise level come down.

Shrout said that would be an impossible task.

“I don’t agree with what they did, I don’t agree with how they say that the sound study needs to be done," he said. "And those are all issues that are still there. Whether or not they want to negotiate a new conditional use permit is pointless, because we can’t meet the sound rules. “

The decision allows for the track to finish out the season and close on Oct. 1. The next race is Saturday night.

Shrout said he plans to appeal.

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