Decorah City Council committee will discuss stock car races, outdoor music
Friday, May 24, 2013 5:44 AM
The Decorah City Council's community betterment committee will be discussing stock-car racing in the city, and possible regulations for outdoor music, next month.
During last week's Decorah City Council meeting, Decorah City Council member Rachel Vagts questioned why races were held Sunday night, May 19. Races are typically held Saturday night. She asked Council member Carolyn Corbin, chair of the community betterment committee, to consider having a discussion of racing and also a "protocol" for outdoor music.
Vagts said while many citizens are racing fans, there are also many who aren't. As for outdoor music, she said the city has a "basic agreement" on what time music will end, but not anything formal.
"I, by no means, want to discourage it (racing or outdoor music)," said Vagts, adding she'd like to have an "open discussion."
"A lot of people talk to me about it (racing). It would be good to have a discussion," Corbin agreed.
Todd Ihde, one of the promoters of the Upper Iowa Speedway, who also is the city's water superintendent, said the weekend of May 18-19 was unusual because races were rescheduled from Saturday night to Sunday evening, due to a wild horse and burro adoption that was to be held at the fairgrounds Saturday. However, the adoption event was eventually moved to American Ag Supply and Auction, off Highway 9.
The stock-car races were held as planned Sunday, from about 4:30 to 7 p.m., according to Ihde. Since the adoption event was not held at the grounds Saturday night, some racers ended up completing practice runs for about two hours that Saturday night, Ihde said.
He said typically races are completed by 9:30 p.m. Saturday.
Ihde said Upper Iowa Speedway promoters were approached about noise levels at the track about five years ago. Three or four years ago, he said mufflers were required on all race cars. He said decibel readings at the track are "well below" the recommended decibel readings.
Corbin scheduled her committee to discuss the issue Monday, June 3, at 6:30 p.m. before the Council's regular meeting.