Franklin BOC to Meet for Work Session Tonight

Franklin County’s Board of Commissioners will continue their discussions tonight regarding what to do about a dirt race track on SR106 that nearby residents say is a nuisance.

The board is expected to get some further legal clarification on what, if anything, the county can do to force the owner of the track to turn down the noise. 

People living near the race track off Highway 106 near Carnesville have been complaining for months about the noise.  The track had been closed for about eight years, but was recently re-opened as a track for dirt bikes. 

At their meeting earlier this month, commissioner Clint Harper said he would like to some definitive action  to help the citizens who have complained. 

County manager John Phillips said according to his research, there’s nothing in the county’s code of ordinances that deals with the nuisance effects of a motocross dirt track.

Phillips said the county’s zoning regulations also appear to allow the property owner to operate.

Commissioner Jeff Jacques said according to his review of the zoning ordinance the property owner needs to re-apply for a business license since the track had been closed for so many years and re-opened with a new purpose.

Jacques then asked the board for a consensus to direct the county attorney to look at the validity of the current business license in light of changes in the operation. 

The board is expected to hear from County Attorney Bubba Sammuels tonight on what, if anything, he has found.

In other business, the board will discuss the 2014 LMIG Road Resurfacing project. 

Tonight’s work session takes place at 6p at the Franklin County Justice Center in Carnesville.