GRAIN VALLEY, Mo. -- The owner of Valley Speedway is waiting to hear the fate of his track. Thursday night the Grain Valley Board of Alderman will hold a hearing to consider revoking Valley Speedway's permit because of noise complaints.
It has been nearly a year since we first brought you the story. Speedway owner Dennis Shrout said he's been doing all he can to bring the sound levels in compliance in that time. He was first applied for a special use permit back in 2003, which stated he had to keep the noise level at 65 decibels at the property line.
That's about the sound of normal conversation, but that's what was agreed to. He previously showed us an independent study that he paid for, which shows levels to be at about 65 decibels at the property line on race nights.
But last year the city received complaints that it was still too noisy, and they wanted the noise level taken down even more.
“There's nothing that leads me to believe they want a track here. They can say what they want to, but there's nothing they've done to indicate they want a track here," Shrout said.
Shrout said since last year’s meeting he’s done things like put mufflers on the cars and cut racing back to just one night a week, which is cut into his profit by 40 percent. The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday.