No action on race track

FLAT ROCK — No action was taken during a special meeting in Escanaba Township on Wednesday when board members met to discuss a family’s proposal to develop a private race track in the township.

Members of the Bob Barron family are seeking to operate a year-round race track on land Barron owns north of County 420 21st Road, currently the site of an operating sand quarry.

On Jan. 2, 2017, Barron submitted an application to the township requesting approval of a zoning compliance permit to operate a “racing park” involving ice track, dirt track, motorized, and non-motorized racing.

A special meeting on the permit application took place in January when the board requested more information on the proposal from Robert Barron.

At a special meeting held in February, the board voted racing could not be held in the spring, summer or

fall and still be compliant with the township’s current zoning. The board also requested more information from the Barron family on the proposed race track operations.

At Wednesday’s meeting, board members continued to discuss the issue. About 20 letters from the public opposing the racing park were entered into the record along with additional public comment presented Wednesday.

The board made no decisions on the race track permit application Wednesday because of the lack of information from the Barron family on its proposed race track operations as previously requested by the township, said Township Clerk Pat Beauchamp in a telephone interview with the Daily Press on Thursday.

No meeting has been scheduled yet to continue discussion on the race track permit application, she added.

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Jenny Lancour, (906) 786-2021, ext. 143,