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Dust from horse track irritates neighbors

Published May 26. 2010 05:00PM

One person's pleasure may be another's problem as resident Joann Shanosky appeared before Mahoning Township supervisors at Monday evening's meeting to complain about a dust problem caused by the manner in which a neighboring horse track is currently being raked next door to her. She was accompanied by her husband and a neighbor who corroborated the complaint.

"The dust is outrageous from their property," she told supervisors during the public comment. "I recently found out I'm severely allergic to dust and could go into anaphylactic shock from exposure to it so this is dangerous for me," she added.

Shanosky said she lives across the street from Summit Ridge and next to a farm that exercises horses. The previous farmer, John Smith, used to rake the course on which the horses exercise much more slowly which kept the dust to a minimum and she said there was never a problem. "Now, I think they are hooking it up to a car and racing it around the track kicking up a great deal of dust," Shanosky said.

Her neighbor said last Friday was an example of how bad it was in that when she was coming home from work from the direction of Summit Hill, she said it looked like a large fire in the valley with the dust so thick it appeared to be smoke from a distance. She added the dust is so thick when they rake the track she could hardly see the tree line across the property.

Shanosky's husband said the dust gets so bad that he is unable to work outside while they are raking the track and has had to come inside. Both neighbors said they are forced to close their windows and stay indoors until the dust subsides.

Chairperson John Wieczorek asked how often the track is raked and Shanosky said she believes they do it at least three times a week. Shanosky said she thought if the track was raked slower the dust would not be as bad. Wieczorek told her he would contact zoning officer LeRoy Leibenguth to talk with the neighbors and see if something can be done to alleviate the problem.

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