THE FOLLOWING IS A GUEST ENTRY BY RAINIER RESIDENT RICHARD BANACH & DOES NOT REFLECT THE VIEW OF THE YELM COMMUNITY BLOG. THIS GUEST ENTRY IS PROVIDED AS A COMMUNITY SERVICE TO SHARE DIFFERENT VIEWPOINTS.
Rainier Racing Track Threat
“If the Mahan family and their supporters have their way, their large dairy farm on 12307 Vail Cutoff Road SE Rainier will become the Cadillac Ranch Motor Sports Park. Their unpermitted, illegal track has already been built and began operations in May. See their website www.cadillacranchmotorsports.com.
They were issued a Stop Work Order in early June for unpermitted commercial motor sports and camping. However, they continued to operate until they were recently issued a Civil Infraction with a fine. They are now under a Temporary Restraining Order that originally expired June 30, 2010 but has been extended to August 20, 2010. They have a court date with Judge McPhee on August 20, 2010 at 9AM to show cause. The August 6th issue of Nisqually Valley News carries a front page story on them.
According to the NVN article, the Mahans plan to press forward to rally more support for their project.
Its time to voice opposition to their ever obtaining a permit.
E-mail the following:
1. Jeremy Davis, firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Guy Jaques, Compliance Unit Supervisor, email@example.com
Guy will forward all the complaint emails to Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Scott Cushing in advance of the hearing. For further information call Guy at 754-3355 ext. 6875.
The deafening roar of racing motorcycles increases the stress of those living in the area to health threatening levels. It will also lower their propertys value. Along with e-mailing Thurston County with your objection, focus on this fertile farm not being compromised, but continuing to feed a hungry world.
No farms. No food!
By Richard Banach
UPDATE: August 23, 2010
The attorney for the Cadillac Ranch, Jay Goldstein, has requested and received a 2 week continuance of the “show cause/preliminary injunction” hearing that was scheduled for tomorrow. The hearing is now tentatively scheduled to be held on September 3, 2010 at 9 am. Mr. Goldstein is apparently wanting to schedule a pre-submission conference with the County to explore potential permitting options – assuming there are any. In the event a pre-submission conference is scheduled, all applicable County agencies (Health, Planning, Development Review, etc.) will be represented along with any interested outside agencies. All pre-submission conferences are typically advertised one week in advance on our website under “Land Use Activities” (see below link to this website):
The temporary restraining order will remain in effect regardless of any pre-submission conference or application submission. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to let me know.
Guy Q. Jaques,
Building/Compliance Unit Supervisor,
Thurston County Resource Stewardship
Development Services Unit, (360) 754-3355, ext. 6875