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Opinion

June 25, 2013

Motorcycle track spoils the country life

The N.Y. Safety Track in Harpersfield is not a good neighbor, nor is the manager.

They say when buying property, “location, location, location” is the utmost importance. Mr. Lubinsky saw the beauty in back of my property and then took it away. My property was a quiet, secluded farm home on several acres with fantastic views. Now it is no longer quiet or secluded; now there are motorcycles, cars, trucks, trailers passing by every weekend. The noise follows once they start speeding around that “oval tack” — roaring engines, a loudspeaker making announcements. What do you think my property value is now?

I like racing. My husband and son raced cars; grandson raced motorcycles. I enjoyed watching, but it was nice to be able to go home, get away from noise and enjoy peacefulness. I no longer have the option to enjoy my property. Sitting on the deck with friends; all you hear is roaring motorcycles. I like motorcycles, and rode many wonderful miles. My son, daughter, son-in-law and grandsons ride motorcycles. The problem is constant weekend noise.

The dirt road right of way leading vehicles up to the track has become a two-lane blacktopped road located in my field. Is this maintenance, which Mr. Lubinsky has the right to do; or does blacktopping and painting the lines on it become improvement to that dirt right-of-way?

People have been seen walking their dogs on my property. Privacy to my property has been lost. 

Mr. Lubinsky, will you pay my taxes, since you and your guests get to use my property for our own pleasures? Thank you, good neighbor, for choosing my backyard to destroy and lose its value; for your “get-rich playground.”

Flora Zimmerman

Davenport

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