Wheatland chairman will propose limiting ice motorcycles to weekend

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This Google Maps view shows an ice motorcycle race track on the southeast side of the lake (oval).

Wheatland Town Chairman Bill Glembocki said he will propose limiting ice motorcycle use on Lilly Lake to 10 hours on weekends.

Glembocki made the announcement at the annual (fall) meeting of the Lilly Lake Protection and Rehabilitation District Saturday.

Motorcycle use and racing on Lilly Lake arose as a controversy last winter when some lake residents expressed concern about excessive noise.

Glembocki said he planned to introduce to the Town Board an ordinance with time limits of 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays for motorcycle use on frozen Lilly Lake. In addition, he said he would “strongly suggest” to groups representing the motorcyclists that they make efforts to limit the noise impact, including down-turned exhaust pipes.

Some audience members argued for the ordinance to be based on a decibel limit, saying the problem has never been with the racing but with the noise.

But Glembocki said he feels approaches other than the limited hours are impractical.

“You guys want to police this somehow; this is the best way I think we can do it,” Glembocki said. “Let’s just try it as a trial run this year.”

The hours will have to be acted on by the Town Board to become law. Glembocki said he will likely put the matter on the Aug. 26 meeting agenda.

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