Neighbors protest extending hours at motocross track

(WMC-TV) - Noise complaints and the possibility of increased traffic flow have residents of one DeSoto County community angry at the possibility of extending the hours at a local motocross track.

Kids and adults who ride motorcycles will not be able to lengthen their rides on this DeSoto County motorcross track anytime soon, and that has Bill Lauderdale, owner of Ruts and Bumps Motocross Track, disappointed.

"I was very shocked because I was told ahead of time this was a good ole boy system. I just didn't believe that it still existed," said Bill Lauderdale.

Lauderdale currently has permission to be open on Sundays from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. and from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

But the DeSoto County Board of Supervisors recently denied Lauderdale's request to extend his hours to accommodate for four races.

The county's board of supervisors sided with neighbors, who worried the new hours would bring noise.

"We're supposed to be enjoying a country life and on Saturday and Sunday afternoons it's just continuous over there and you can't even hear yourself think," said Connie Acree, who lives in the area.

In addition to getting residents to sign a petition in favor of the increased hours, Lauderdale was also required to measure sound levels at and near the track and present those findings to the board.

"As the outcome came and they did the noise test and stuff, the bird on the trees chirps louder than the motorcycles," he said.

Neighbors were also concerned about the potential of increased traffic in the area.

"They're gonna pick on me and say that I'm in a bad spot or a blind spot and they're putting up those ball fields in curves and they're letting restaurants open in curves," he explained.

Lauderdale said his current permit expires June 13, 2014.

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