MILLVILLE - An agreement reached two years ago aimed at solving noise issues at the New Jersey Motorsports Park appears to be working.
Officials with the park and TrackRacket, a group that raised objections to noise from the park, said in a statement they are working together to monitor noise levels at the facility on Dividing Creek Road.
A "sound committee" of park officials, TrackRacket members and other local residents is meeting monthly to review decibel levels and random evaluations at the park, the statement reads. Park officials have made modifications, including adjusting the state and end times for on-track activity, the statement reads.
Noise complaints sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or called in to 856-327-7244 are reviewed monthly by the sound committee, according to the statement. The park's rental partners are being informed of its "good neighbor policy" involving noise, the statement reads.
"Our working relationship with TrackRacket allows us to address all local concerns in our continuing efforts to be a good partner with the residents of Millville and Cumberland County," said Brad Scott, the park's general manager. "We've begun to include out track rental partners into the sound committee's conversations and expect that to continue through the season."
Michelle Post, TrackRacket's founder and president, said the park is working to address "every viable remedy to reduce the problem of noise."
"We look forward to working with the track rental partners in an education program that will bring awareness to the sheer number of pre-existing residential properties that are in close proximity to the (park) that find themselves impacted by loud noise generated by cars and motorcycles," she said.
The park and TrackRacket agreed two years ago to a settlement that ended a lawsuit TrackRacket filed against the park over alleged noise problems. Creating the sound committee was one part of the settlement.
Other settlement agreements included the park:
- Allowing engines to start no sooner than 8:30 a.m., and generally start races at 9 a.m. or later. The park must give TrackRacket written notice of three races that are allowed to start earlier than 9 a.m.
- Generally ending race activities by 6:30 p.m.
- Evaluating and improving its public-address system so that people in the track's paddock can better hear announcements, while making them quieter for neighbors.
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