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Residents calling for action over loud noises from local racetrack

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PALMER, MA (WSHM) -

A controversial racetrack in Palmer has neighbors in three separate towns asking Palmer's planning board for action.

Loud noises from the track are pushing nearby neighbors to the edge.

They packed a Palmer planning board meeting Monday night- many calling on town officials to take some sort of action.

Andy Champagne lives close by the track in Ware.

"You go outside when the track is active and the sound scape is totally dominated by the track. If you were there and we were conversion at these levels we wouldn't be able to hear each other well it's that loud," said Champagne.

He's one of dozens who packed the meeting addressing a noise study commissioned by Palmer motor sports who runs the facility.

Neighbor Paul Harper who lives less than a mile away said it's affecting his job.

"I work from home. There's times I work on the telephone and there's times I have to shut it down and not work or pick a different location to work from," said Harper.

The business opened in May as part of their operating permit they had to commission a noise impact study.

Sound experts hired by Palmer said the data collected during events in June revealed 30 vehicles on the track led to sound levels at 55 decibels which exceeds anticipated noise levels, violating MassDEP regulation.

Fred Ferguson who runs the raceway wouldn't speak on camera but told the board it was his understanding that some events could exceed sound limits. He paid over $10,000 to complete the study.

Meantime nearby neighbors impacted say they'll continue to push for some kind of enforcement.

"The atmosphere has to change. And if it's not going to change through the action of the Palmer planning board it's going to have to change through private action of the citizens impacted," explained Champagne.

The Planning Board meets again November 2 to discuss ways to address the noise.

The town’s attorney said noises violating state law can lead to further action.

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