MOORESVILLE – At the town board meeting on June 5, commissioners unanimously approved a building expansion request from GoPro Motorplex.
The request from being represented by Drylake Entertainment, LLC was for an amendment to a conditional-use permit that was originally approved by the town board in June 2010. The initial request established the “championship go-cart facility,” and was subject to an approved concept plan with three conditions: the hours of operation for racing activities will be from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 12:30-6:30 p.m. on Sunday; the town manager may approve a special-event permit for any event outside of the operating hours and not to exceed 10 times per year; and the lighting of the site would reflect downward with full cutoff fixtures.
The amendment being requested would add a small oval track to the site as well as include an expansion of approximately 6,200 square feet to an existing administrative and kart service building.
Because this was a quasi-judicial public hearing, all speakers and testimonies were given under oath June 5. In addition, the board had to answer questions before taking appropriate motions, such as (the request) does not materially endanger the public health or safety, complies with all relevant town laws and ordinances, state and federal laws and regulations, and any regulations imposed by the town board and agreed to by applicant, would not substantially injure the value of the adjoining property and will be in harmony with the area in which is it to be located.
Lisa Knox Carver, an adjacent property owner, spoke in opposition of the request, specifically of a noise issue that was affecting her and her family’s well-being and property value.
“I have been a property owner for 25 years, and I have a problem with this plan in a hundred number of ways,” she said. “The noise wakes up my son at night. And it’s not just the nighttime, it’s also during the afternoon. My windows will be shut, and I can still hear the noise. This plan is taking advantage of us. It’s really upsetting.”
Carver’s son, Joshua, also spoke regarding the noise. He took out his cellphone and shared with the commissioners and residents attending the meeting what the noise sounded like. The recording lasted about 40 seconds.
Justin Mark, founder and owner of DryLake, addressed the noise concerns, citing the noise level is consistent to the average construction sound level that is measured in decibels.
“We’re not operating above the average noise level,” Mark said. “It adheres to 82 to 92 decibels. We’ve monitored it. This is something (the expansion) that will allow us to open up to more families and friends by providing more space.”
Commissioner David Coble asked Town Manager David Treme if the noise level is monitored by the town. Treme replied, “Not every situation, but we have been out there to monitor the decibel level.”
The request was approved with a motion by Commissioner Lisa Qualls, followed by Coble.
“I’ve never heard about a noise complaint about before since it has been in business,” Commissioner Thurman Houston said. “If the issue of noise was (prevalent) then why are we hearing about it now and not before for the past couple of years?”
Fire department recognizes citizens
In an effort to bridge information and communication gaps between residents and fire-rescue personnel, the Mooresville Fire-Rescue Department concluded its sixth annual Citizen Fire Academy 10-week course with a certification of completion ceremony during the June 5 board of commissioners meeting.
Members got an inside look and in-depth perspective on how the fire department serves the area. Participants had “more of a hands-on experience than any other academy had,” Deaton said.
Some of the activities included using a fire extinguisher and fire hoses as well as experiencing how to cut a car when passengers are involved in severe automobile accidents. Some participated in the physical ability test all firefighters must go through, and all members of the academy were CPR certified.