There have been a couple of unexpected curveballs thrown, but Dobson and his CILTRAK operating group are confident they can overcome those issues.
— Apparently, there is some discussion within the County Board about a noise ordinance, but Dobson does not feel it will become a major issue. Paul Holtschlag, who owns the property where the track is located at 8000 Broadway, is the man on the point for this situation.
“We are pretty familiar with (noise ordinances) since we operate under some restrictions at Jacksonville and Lincoln,” Dobson said. “Although I don’t think an ordinance is necessary and would be happy to visit with anyone who is concerned with the issue, we will continue to strive to be good neighbors to those who live around the race track. We will leave the leadership on this issue to Paul, who still owns the property, while we focus on getting our racing season underway.”
This should be worked out with minimal problems. The County Board folks are all good people and I’m sure an agreement will be reached in some form.
— Another issue that Dobson did not expect to be a problem concerned the track’s fire and safety crews.
“We received some bad news a few weeks ago when we were informed that the Tri-Township Fire Protection District was opting to not return to the track for the full season this year,” Dobson said. “Apparently, internal scheduling and overtime was an issue. Out of all of the tracks we visit, Quincy has always had the best equipment and personnel you can find anywhere and we hope to continue that in the future through some other avenues we are exploring.
“It looks like Tri-Township can be there for the first few races of the season while we get an alternate fire/safety crew and equipment in place, and we want to thank them for their cooperation in this transition.”
Dobs0n himself is anxious for the season to start.
“We are confident that we could open the doors and have a race tomorrow from an operational standpoint,” he said. “There’s a lot of things going on right now getting equipment, utilities, safety, advertising and other things finalized. It’s pretty busy, and with the weather making our window tighter there are a few things that are just going to have to wait.
“Fortunately we have a great staff in place and when it’s time to race — they’ll be ready to have a race.”