Proposed drag strip/Paris agreement posted

Last week, we posted that the owners of Great Lakes Dragaway have submitted a proposed agreement to Paris to control nuisances that town residents have complained about.

The agreement was received last Monday and was announced at Tuesday’s Town Board meeting. We requested a copy of the document that same night. We received our copy Friday.

Click here to view the entire document. Much of it is background material.

Some provisions of the agreement are:

  • The track proposes to keep the lighting it has today. The track says it will dim lights on weekdays (Sunday through Thursday) at 11 p.m. and lights out (except those needed for safety) at 11:30 p.m. Weekends would see reduced lighting at 12:30 a.m. and lights out at 1 a.m.
  • The track proposes ending racing no later than 10:30 p.m., Sunday through Thursday and midnight on Friday and Saturday.
  • The track proposes shutting off all east facing speakers.
  • Quiet days are proposed for Mother’s Day, Easter Day and the Fourth of July.
  • Jet cars would be limited to 15 percent of running dates and no later than 10 p.m., except for the Friday and Saturday of Memorial and Labor Day weekends.
  • The agreement is stated to be in lieu of the town passing a noise ordinance. If a law is passed, the agreement would become void.


  1. Jeannie Koenig says:

    The Dragstrip has been there much longer than many of the people complaining. When they were looking to buy they should have considered the Strip at that time. The next thing that will happen is the farmer next door to someone has to keep the typical “farm scent” away from his neighbors.

  2. Doug kozak says:

    I hope this will be the end of this battle for a long time but I doubt it. People will always complain about some thing or other unfortunately. No one has any right to be completely comfortable all of the time. People need to close the drapes in their bedrooms before going to sleep if the lights bother them. Don’t live next to a dragstrip if you want a wilderness experience (or sell to me). This is the kind of thing that has given us all the stupid laws we have today.

    The dragstrip is a part of Americana – something that is dissapearing in this country each year and those of us who enjoy it should support it. Long live GLD…

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