Tribune-Courier General Manager
The Marshall County Fiscal Court is expected to make a decision at today’s meeting on granting an entertainment permit to the owners of the Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway.
County Judge Executive Mike Miller said he expects the members of the court to issue the permit and at the same time place restrictions on operating hours.
Miller said whatever the hours end up being, they will be “strictly enforced.”
In a previous meeting of the fiscal court, Miller expressed displeasure with previous track owners who “paid no attention whatsoever to limit the hours of operation,” and added, “We’re not going to tolerate that anymore.
“We want to give the owners of the race track every opportunity to be successful. We also have to balance that with the fact that the people who live near there have a right to peace and quiet at a reasonable hour,” said Miller.
The fiscal court had heard arguments for and against the entertainment permit, a state requirement that would allow the auto racing track in the northern portion of the county to resume operation under new ownership last year.
Ronnie Jones and Jim Hale of Hopkinsville purchased the speedway at auction last summer and have been working to get the facility ready for racing since then.
Attorney Mike Foster, representing Jones and Hale, said his clients “want to be good corporate citizens of Marshall County.”
Jones and Hale have said racing could begin as early as this month once the permit has been issued.