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Grain Valley Council votes to revoke speedway's permit

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Dozens of Grain Valley residents packed the council chambers Thursday night as council members for hours debated the fate of the Grain Valley Speedway.

The meeting began at 7 p.m. and wound down at 12:30 a.m. The council voted to revoke the track's conditional use permit, saying the speedway has failed to meet noise regulations.

The council agreed to allow races through the end of September, which is when the season ends.

The city wants to negotiate for a new permit with different guidelines. Up to 1,000 fans can pack the stands on Saturday nights.

Residents who live near the track say it is too noisy.

"It's been a beautiful summer. I have my house open a lot. I can't hear the TV over the race track. I always have to shut my house up and turn the air on," said Tricia Pickard. "If I'm on my phone while the race is going people are saying, 'Where are you? What are all those cars racing around in the background?'"

The dirt track was supposed to keep noise levels to 65 decibels on the edges of the property. That's what normal conversation and light laughter sounds like.

The track's owner, Dennis Shrout, has vowed to go to court to stay open. He said the city is attempting to grab his land to turn it into a park.

He said Saturday night's races will be free for Grain Valley residents.

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