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Complaints of noise, urinating, trespassing during special events at U.S. 19 Dragway

The area between the dragway and the neighborhood. (Source: WALB) The area between the dragway and the neighborhood. (Source: WALB)
Chief Battle and two Somer residents, answering questions from commissioners Monday. (Source: WALB) Chief Battle and two Somer residents, answering questions from commissioners Monday. (Source: WALB)
A handful of Dougherty County residents said special events happening at a nearby dragway are the cause of some major disturbances for the neighborhood. (Source: WALB) A handful of Dougherty County residents said special events happening at a nearby dragway are the cause of some major disturbances for the neighborhood. (Source: WALB)
Residents told commissioners on Monday that they see people jumping the fence and trespassing. (Source: WALB) Residents told commissioners on Monday that they see people jumping the fence and trespassing. (Source: WALB)
DOUGHERTY CO., GA (WALB) -

A handful of Dougherty County residents said special events happening at a nearby dragway are the cause of some major disturbances for the neighborhood.

But, the owner has a different story and plans to share it with commissioners.

Two residents of the Somer Mobile Home Park off Williamsburg Road said some visitors to the U.S. 19 Dragway are urinating and defecating along the fence line that borders the two properties.

Daniel Mauk and another neighbor told county commissioners on Monday that they also see people jumping the fence and trespassing.

Mauk said the issues occur during special events, like concerts, not the races.

Mauk also said the noise levels during the special events are deafening. He said his ears are still ringing from the most recent special event on Sunday, April 29 at the raceway.

According to Dougherty County's Chief of Police Jackie Battle, there were six complaints of loud music from different residents on Sunday, April 29. 

Battle also said there was one call to police about a suspicious person jumping the fence, one call about a car blocking a private driveway and one accident from people leaving the event.

"The noise level is over 90 decibels in our home. That is like having an excavator in our home. Things were falling off the walls and counters. From what I understand, they have more events coming up and there is no thought as to how this affects the neighborhood around," said Mauk.

Mauk said he does not want to shut down the races, he hopes by coming to the commission meeting he can, "get some balls rolling to get this resolved and make both sides happy."

Mauk said he observed that the alcohol level consumption at the special events escalates and makes neighbors nervous.

There appears to be a six-foot fence topped with barbed wire around the dragway. There did not appear to be any holes in the fencing.

The owner of the dragway, Bobby Childs, said there are plenty of porta-potties for guests inside the dragway and that he has invested "tons of money" to make improvements at the dragway.

The state patrol provides security inside the dragway and the county police patrols the area.

"This is a family-oriented track. I am doing the best I can. There is not a way you can control all people all of the time. I have never seen anyone going to the bathroom outside," said Childs in a phone call Thursday.   

Mr. Childs said he will be at the county commission on Monday to respond to the complaints.

At Monday's meeting, the city attorney suggested that code enforcement, the police and the District Attorney's office analyze the situation.

Chief Battle said she will be meeting with Child's Monday afternoon.

There is no noise ordinance in the county.

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