As the controversy surrounding Expoland's unexpected and sudden rejection of a motocross park in Fishersville continues, the whispers are becoming louder from people in the community asking why Expo's board waited until everything had been decided to vote "no." Rumors are circulating that the board had no intention of following through with the track.
Augusta County spent tax dollars on personnel to study noise levels, process applications, and all the red tape that is involved in anything that involves the government.
The applicants, Terry and Doug Argenbright, spent time and money responding to Expoland and following up on whatever they were asked to do.
The Expo board appeared to be working with the Argenbrights to make the motocross track a reality, even going so far as to ask them three weeks ago to prepare a lease.
However, after the Argenbrights gathered supporters for public hearings, built an exhibition track to prove noise levels were within the accepted levels, and then being approved by the Board of Zoning Appeals, the Expo board held a secret meeting and rejected it all. Calling the Argenbrights to their office this week, the board handed them a press release and refused to answer any questions.
Communication ended at that point. Of course there would be questions ... but the Argenbrights were refused any further explanations other than the written press release.
Members of the community who had paid little attention to the motocross situation before that time suddenly became interested because of the way it was handled. Something did not seem right. Questions are being asked from the community. Could a back-room deal have killed this recreational opportunity for Augusta County? How could a duplex subdivision with only 32 households sway the Expo board? What more is at play?
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