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Grand Jury Report: County, Fair Association Contract Should be Terminated

The report finds that changes were made to the All American Speedway in Roseville without prior county approval, which resulted in noise and other complaints from nearby residents.

that investigated issues between the county and the Placer County Fair Association, recommends that the current contract between the two be terminated immediately and a new nonprofit be sought to oversee the Roseville fairgrounds.

According to the 11-page report, which was released March 20, the current contract between Placer County and the Placer County Fair Association, which oversees the fairgrounds and All American Speedway, violates the law. The current contract has been in place for more than 10 years, despite a statute that requires no such contract to exceed five years. Under that contract, the association was required to get prior approval from the county before any construction modifications are made. However, a grand jury report in 2010-11 on the noise at the All American Speedway, found that the fair association made significant changes to the raceway in 2006-07 without county approval.

Since the changes were made, . Not only noise, but also residents complained about speedway hours, traffic congestion and air pollution, according to the report.

The county was not aware of these structural changes until they received information from the City of Roseville planning staff, according to the report. After hearing complaints from nearby residents, the county drafted a revised contract, which included added safeguards, controls and oversight by the county. However, the Placer County Fair Association refused to sign the revised contract.

Since the association did not receive prior approval to make the structural changes to the speedway, studies that should have been done prior to modifications must still be completed. That cost will now by paid by county taxpayers, estimated between $80,000 and $100,000, according to the report.

“Had the association sought prior approval by the county and gone through the required environmental studies it would have been responsible for bearing those costs,” the Grand Jury report finds.

The report also finds that Placer County was negligent in monitoring the association’s compliance with the contract.

Moving Forward

The Grand Jury recommends that the Placer County Board of Supervisors terminate the current contract between the county and association be terminated within 60 days. It’s also suggested that the Board of Supervisors immediately begin a search for a different nonprofit agency to run the fairgrounds and speedway.

The Grand Jury report also suggests that a “contract compliance monitor” be appointed to oversee future contracts.  

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What modifications were made to the All American Speedway?

In 2006-07, changes were made to the All American Speedway including:

  • Extended 70 feet in length
  • Widened by 30 feet along one side
  • North embankment widened and heightened
  • Pit relocated from north of the speedway to east and outside the speedway
  • Race car entrance/exit relocated to the other side of the raceway
  • Sound walls rebuilt and extended
jp March 27, 2012 at 11:07 PM
Typo: you have "...estimated between $80,000 and $10,000, according to the report." Should be "...$80,000 and $100,000..."
Lauren Gibbs March 27, 2012 at 11:16 PM
Yes, it's estimated between $80,000 and $100,000. Thank you for catching that jp.
c March 27, 2012 at 11:35 PM
the track is next to the Roseville switching yard, to much noise really? 10 years ago had no noise restrictions and now do..part of the upgrade was "sound walls" is it louder now or did you just buy a house next to a track that has been there for 40 years.. jack wads!
Sean Carter March 28, 2012 at 12:57 AM
+1
TheRealBigCouchPotato March 28, 2012 at 02:56 AM
I'm surprised that the Grand Jury found anything wrong. The right hand usually washes the left hand.
John Herby Hancock March 28, 2012 at 04:52 PM
Jack wads indeed!
John Herby Hancock March 28, 2012 at 04:53 PM
If you don't like our racetrack go back to the bay area!
jp March 28, 2012 at 04:57 PM
Interesting new sound study results available at the County... http://www.placer.ca.gov/Departments/CommunityDevelopment/Planning/All%20American%20Speedway.aspx, the last link on that page entitled Noise Review. Looks like the noise has gotten louder as shown on figure 2 on page 9.
John Herby Hancock March 28, 2012 at 05:13 PM
Who cares if it has gotten louder? It's been there forever! Some advice to those who don't like noise: 1. Don't buy a house close to a race track. 2. Don't buy a house close to an airport. 3. Don't buy a house close to train tracks. If you do DON'T complain about the noise!
jp March 28, 2012 at 08:25 PM
Interesting... looks like Ryan Ronco, VP of the Placer County Fair Association, the organization that runs the Speedway by contract for the county, may be the same Ryan Ronco who also works for the county as the assistant recorder-registrar. If so: Is this a conflict of interest? The reason for the Association refusing to sign a new contract per the latest grand jury report? Do any other Fair Association folks work for or have intimate ties with the Placer County government?
Steven Blakesley March 29, 2012 at 08:15 PM
Page 15 of the follow up study on your link states: "Noise control improvements made to the All-American Speedway have reduced hourly noise levels by up to 10 dB at the closest residential receptors. Significant noise reduction was observed from the modifications to the Grandstand PA system." So why are you lying about the sound issues?
jp March 30, 2012 at 01:22 AM
@steven: ST-A and LT-B on page 9 being louder in 2011 races cought my eye. Hence, my accurate statement that "looks like the noise has gotten louder." Also, on page 7, it says: " No significant noise reductions were noted at the sensitive receptors to the east and northeast. Additionally, it appears that sound reflections off the plywood barrier have caused an increase in noise levels at the sensitive residential receptors located north of the speedway." Looks in the 2007 report, it was recommended that a special sound barrier material be installed but the speedway chose cheaper plywood sheets with holes nonetheless. Devil is in the details. So do not acuse someone of lying when the refer to detailed data rather than summaries.
Steven Blakesley March 30, 2012 at 05:51 PM
The attitude that the anti-AAS groups have is that the track is being completely negligent and ignoring the issues. But the summary of the sound report shows that OVERALL sound is down 10 db and that the track is sticking to a voluntary 10 pm curfew. So there is not some big conspiracy by the county to let the speedway harm the local community. Many positive steps have been made and ignored. http://www.rosevillept.com/detail/204109.html
Karen Springfield April 01, 2012 at 09:19 PM
I live close to the fairgrounds and I acrually enjoy the sounds of racing. The NASCAR races are a bit noisier than the others but are not disturbing. I took my son to the races at the Placer County Raceway when he was a kid and he;s now 50. Move on if you are bothered or go out on Satueday night.
jp April 13, 2012 at 04:15 PM
Capital idea! Roseville's university plans could drive out racetrack Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/04/13/4410788/rosevilles-university-plans-could.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter#mi_rss=Our%20Region#storylink=cpy

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