Friday, January 30, 2015



Anonymous said...

Just curious. I am surprised that there are no articles or comments related to the Pipeline proposed to come through Winchester and have potential serious impact on property owners and town resources.

Anonymous said...

The Kinder Morgan Open House
for the proposed Northeast Energy
Direct Gas Pipeline Project is
scheduled - February 4, 2015
at Town Hall
from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Anonymous said...

I cant even imagine a select board that is so arrogant that they don't want the voters to have any say in the cost of running this town, but that's what will happen if we let them get away with the elimination of the budget committee.

Rich said...

WINCHESTER — Petition articles to regulate racetracks, an operating budget of more than $3 million and an article seeking to dissolve the town budget committee will top this year’s warrant at the deliberative session Saturday.

Resident Robert E. Davis, spokesman for the Winchester Noise Coalition, said Wednesday he submitted the two warrant articles to regulate racetracks because he and his fellow coalition members are at their wits’ end.
“This is our attempt to put in some bylaws under the state law just to give some relief from the noise of the racetracks,” he said.

The racetracks he is referring to are Monadnock Speedway, Winchester Motorsports and Winchester Speedpark.

He said some people who have joined the coalition say the noise has gotten so bad that their children can’t sleep at night when the tracks are hosting events.

The coalition, which was founded in 2007, has 131 members — all of whom live in Winchester — he said. Members have gone to selectmen in hopes of addressing the problem through further regulation, but with no success, he said.

The group did get the town to pass a noise ordinance in 2008, but more needs to be done, he said.

One warrant article asks voters to require selectmen to adopt bylaws for the regulation of racetracks that address hours and days of operation; limiting the number of race practice days to one four-hour slot per week; limiting the number of event days per year; and developing permit requirements for operators of the tracks.

A second warrant article seeks voter approval to activate temporary racetrack regulations that would be valid until the next annual town meeting.

Those regulations would restrict racetrack hours to between 9 a.m. and 10 p.m., and restrict races, practices or any other motor vehicle competition or event to between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m., except on Sundays, when there would be no activity on the track.

Racetrack owners would also be required to install sound-engineered noise barriers and ensure every participating vehicle has a muffler that meets or exceeds the manufacturer’s specifications to reduce exhaust and engine noise, according to the warrant article.

“We aren’t out to put the racetracks out of business, we just want to make them better neighbors,” Davis