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City votes to stall AMP public hearing
Scheduled for May 15
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Sweetwater Juno Road resident Madonna Anderson speaks against stipulation amendment requests made by Atlanta Motorsports Park owner Jeremy Porter that would allow for increased noise and hours of operation for the park. - photo by Allie Dean

Citizens will have one last chance to voice their concerns about the requests Atlanta Motorsports owner Jeremy Porter has made that include longer hours for go-kart usage and lighter noise restrictions at the park.

The Dawsonville City Council on Monday voted to hold off on making a final decision on requests by Porter until after a meeting next month.

The May 15 meeting will be a public hearing that will begin at 7 p.m., after the city's regularly scheduled work session that will begin at 5 p.m.

The council also made it clear that its wishes to further investigate the noise levels out at the park on Duck Thurmond Road and at the residences in the area.

During the meeting, Porter's lawyer, as well as two neighbors of the park, spoke about the stipulations and proposed amendments.

One incensed neighbor, Madonna Anderson, lives on Sweetwater Juno Road a mile and a half from the park. Anderson said she works at home and can hear the go-karts and cars inside her home, and thinks that the park is not obeying the stipulations that are already in place.

"I've been on conference calls and people will say ‘what is that noise?'- that's bad," Anderson said. "If any of the proposed changes are approved, it's like rewarding a child for bad behavior."

Council Member Caleb Phillips motioned to table the vote till the council's June 5 meeting, and directed City Manager Bob Bolz to hire a sound engineer to make recommendations to the council at that time.

Also part of Phillips' motion was for a day to be arranged that the council could go to the park for a trial run and hear the go-karts themselves.

Council Member Angie Smith stipulated that at the trial run the sound engineer also attend, and that she would like to have the sound measured at various locations around the park.

"I would like a decibel level at various places: At the property line, somewhere at the Hamryka farm or at Mrs. Anderson's home, something on the front porch somewhere so that we have a number, not just ‘it's loud,'" Smith said. "I would also add the PA system to that, if Mr. Porter is saying it's already out there."

Phillips accepted Smith's amendment to his motion, Smith seconded it and it was approved unanimously by the council.