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By Len Kiese - bio | email

June 25, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - First it was a race track controversy in Dougherty County. Now Albany city commissioners have a noise issue on their hands. This time the source is motorcycles.

Onorio Izzo asked the city to rezone a 42-acre site on East Oakridge Drive for a private motocross training facility for his 17-year-old son and his friends. But there's a senior living complex right behind it.

Some of those residents and an area business signed a petition against the facility. Workers at Industrial Control Associates, a nearby engineering company, say the noise they've heard over the past several months is a disturbance.

"We're engineers so we sit there at the computers and we need our focus.  We need our quiet environment to do our work and I don't know if you've ever had a gnat flying in your ear but that's exactly what that noise is like," said Industrial Control Associates President Russell Roe.

The owner says he wants to work out a compromise, so city commissioners tabled the issue after a long discussion Wednesday night.  They'll explore options to reduce noise levels at the facility.

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