NORFOLK, NE — Off Road Ranch Speedway wants to add more nights of racing.
On Tuesday morning, Off Road Ranch went in front the planning commission to make some changes to their conditional-use permit.
“We want a few more nights a week to be open up so we can bring in tractor pulls if we need to. We would like to extended our hours or give us some leeway if something happens we can go beyond our time without being penalized.”
Their current permit allows them to have only stock car racing Saturday nights from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Jerry Pospisil is a promoter for Off Road Ranch and says he feels locked in with the current conditional-use permit.
“That’s really handcuffed us because this track has been here three year and has turned into one of the nicest facilities in the state of Nebraska.”
There are some concerns from neighbors, the biggest one being the noise. Pospisil does realize this an a valid complaint, but whats to work with the neighbors the best they can.
Stanton County Sheriff Mike Unger said they do received “the typical Saturday night complaints” but haven’t had any calls for service on race nights.
“As far as the law enforcement side we have not had issues, and I really thought we would. We have really not seen anything related directly to the races.”
The planning commission voted not to sign off on the modifications to the conditonal-use permit because the request weren’t clear enough.
“We are going to go back to city council and give it to them is specifications, exactly what we would like to do and see if we can get something motivated and in the meantime, keep the neighbors happy. We want to try to appease them as much as possible…”
Pospisil says according to the chamber, last year the venue brought in $940,000. He says not only does that money benefit the venue, but the city of Norfolk as well.