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The RI Airport Corp had asked them for their position regarding the race track. Well now they have it. This is a very positive move.
 

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Cool! Let's hope they make it happen!:joy:
 

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This is what was in the local paper.

From the May 16 N.Kingstown, E.Greenwich Independent.

Drag racing gets board's green light

By Charles St.Martin
Independent Staff Writer

Proponents of a drag racing proposal for an abandoned airstrip at Quonset State Airport took another step forward this week as the Quonset Davisville Management Corp. passed a resolution supporting the concept.

The ball now rests squarely in the court of the RI Airport Corp. which sought QDMC's approval before making a decision. Backers of the proposal, called R.I. Raceway Park won approval from the town council in March.

Patti Goldstein, spokeswoman for the Airport Corp., said she had no comment on this development as Executive Director Michael Cheston was away and the board was slated to meet Wednesday ( 5/15 ) night, after press time.

Two members of the proposal, residents John Souza and Joe Pucino, said they were pleased with the decision. They said they looked forward to the next, and possibly last step, with the Airport Corp.
" Now we feel they have to step up and make a decision on this " Pucino said after the meeting. During the QDMC meeting, he told chairwomwan Madelyn Rumowicz that he felt like the proposal was just being passed around by various agencies.

The latest achievment didn't come without a fight though, and passed on a 3-to-2 vote. Rep.Suzanne Hensler (D-Dist.44), who is not allowed to cast a vote, asked that her objection to the proposal be entered into the record and included on any communication with the Airport Corp.

"I truly believe the marketability of this park will suffer", she said. [Drag racing] is not compatible with economic development at Quonset".

The vote to support drag racing came after a failed motion by QDMC member Dale Grogan, also a member of the town council. She said she believed there is a need for such a venue and that there may well be someplace else in Rhode Island where a drag strip could be located. She echoed Hensler's concern about the impact of drag racing on businesses in the park, and asked other board members to vote to support an earlier QDMC resolution to oppose drag racing.

QDMC board member Paul Sams, also head of the RI Water Recources Board, voted against drag racing. He said he would like a poll of park tenants to see what their feelings are on the idea. Short of such a study, Sams said he didn't think the proposal was a good idea in light of homeland security issues.

" Whoever thought anyone would put a bomb in a mailbox in the Midwest ? "he asked. "Whats to say someone doesn't throw a pipe bomb on a C-130 and see what happens?"

QDMC member and council president David Burnham spoke in favor of he proposal, saying that he felt there was a great deal of misinformation and a lack of understanding about what Pucino and Souza want to do. He noted that the proposal is a temporary one and one that has stood up to the scrutiny of sound tests. Burnham recalled that in a 1994 event there were no reported problems and if this was to run on weekends in the spring and summer, he doubted there would be any.

"I think they deserve a chance,"he said. "I think nobody would even know they are there."

Rumowicz also allowed Town Council member Robin Porter to speak. Porter and Grogan have been tho two dissenters of the idea and Porter was the lone person to vote against granting the license request in March. ( Grogan could not attend that meeting but sent a letter that was read aloud indicating her objection to it. ) Porter said he has been collecting signatures on a petition by walking through the Shore Acres and Mount View neighborhoods and by setting up atable outside Stop & Shop. He presented a list of 250 signatures and told the QDMC members that there is a " lopsided " opinion of drag racing and that " citizens strongly oppose drag racing " for a number of reasons including safety, traffic and noise. Porter also said he felt the North Kingstown Golf Course would be adversely impacted by having the drag racing close by.

QDMC board member Joseph Bairos said he has played golf numerous times on this course and didn't think there would be any negative effects of the drag racing there. He noted noise from planes flying overhead and said he didn't feel those affect the quality of play either. Sen James C. Sheehan (D-Dist. 23) pointed out that the QDMC supports the annual Quonset Air Show and "that's real noise". He supported giving the proposal a chance.

After Grogans motion failed, Burnham offered a motion in support of drag racing. The motion passed by a 3-to-2 vote, and Burnham agreed to include references to stipulations the council set when it granted licenses for the event. The matter will come up again at the council's June Meeting, when the members will decide to extend the license.
 

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" Whoever thought anyone would put a bomb in a mailbox in the Midwest ? "he asked. "Whats to say someone doesn't throw a pipe bomb on a C-130 and see what happens?"
:eek: :confused: :confused: :eek: :barf:

GIVE ME A BREAK!!! Who are these people!?
" citizens strongly oppose drag racing " for a number of reasons including safety, traffic and noise. Porter also said he felt the North Kingstown Golf Course would be adversely impacted by having the drag racing close by.
:mad: :barf: This makes me sick!
 

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SuperET said:

Porter said he has been collecting signatures on a petition. He presented a list of 250 signatures

" citizens strongly oppose drag racing "
This is why in two months he couldn't even get one percent of the population of North Kingstown to sign a petition against the track.:rolleyes:
 
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