The cries about noise issues from Anderson County residents living off of FM 322 have not been unheard by owners of the new MX-Oasis Motocross track that opened about two months ago.

In fact, representatives from the track say they are more than willing to work out a solution with nearby residents to become good neighbors.

“During the month of March, we made an attempt to introduce ourselves to the public,” MX Oasis media director Andrew Campo said. “We met with the chamber of commerce, the convention and visitors bureau, (Anderson) County Judge Carey McKinney and local businesses.

“We feel very strongly that we should introduce ourselves to our neighbors and let them know what we were about.”

The 400-acre track, located on FM 322 just 3 miles south of Ryan’s Steakhouse, is a motocross training facility open to the public two days a week.

Nearby residents voiced concerns at the March 30 Anderson County commissioners’ court meeting about the noise being generated from the track on a daily basis.

Expressing some of the deepest concerns was Lorenzo Hart, pastor of Mount Moriah Baptist Church, which is located right across the road from the track facility. Hart told commissioners that track representatives visited with the congregation and “pretty much suggested we cancel services when a big race is planned.”

Campo told the Herald-Press Tuesday that he feels Hart’s statement was the result of a misunderstanding that occurred during a recent visit with the church.

“The owners and I visited with the pastor and congregation one Sunday and remained there for services,” Campo said. “I told the pastor that most of our big races were commonly on Sunday, and I can see how it could be taken out of context.

“But our owner is a devout Christian and would never ask a church not to hold worship services,” Campo explained. “The owner supports their local congregation 100 percent and has never viewed motocross as being more important than church.”

Campo also said that he and the owners are currently working on reducing noise and are more than willing to visit with neighbors to address their concerns.

“They are more than welcome to come and take a look around and voice their concerns to us,” he said. “We do want to be good neighbors.”

Campo also said plans are in the works to host an open house at MX Oasis for the community in the near future, although an exact date for the event has not yet been set.

“We really want to properly introduce ourselves to the community,” he said. “We are making preparations to do that as soon as possible.”

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Mary Rainwater may be reached via e-mail at mrainwater@palestineherald.com

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