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Brier Creek Residents Want To Dampen Sound Of Nearby Go-Kart Park

Posted July 11, 2006

— Residents of one Raleigh neighborhood say the sound of zooming go-karts are a headache.

Homeowners in Brier Creek have filed 42 complaints against Frankie's Fun Park, but nothing has happened. On Tuesday night, they asked the Raleigh City Council to step in.

Residents said they moved into the neighborhood because of the peace and quiet. However, they say that changed about a year ago when Frankie's Fun Park opened off Alexander Drive. Homeowners claim the sound from the go-karts and the loudspeakers can be heard well into the night.

"We picked this certain lot and this house because it backs up to the woods and we thought it would be quiet," said neighbor Janet Wahlmeier.

A four-lane road divides Frankie's and the neighborhood. While rows of trees act as a buffer, neighbors say it's not good enough. So a group of homeowners went before the City Council hoping for action.

But there may be little the city can do. Police have responded to all the noise complaints at Frankie's, but the business has never been in violation of the city's noise ordinance.

"Somehow we're going to have to get Frankie's Fun Park to understand that this is not so much fun for its neighbors and something needs to be done," said Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker.

Neighbors hope something will be done soon. They want to put the brakes on Frankie's for good.

City Council members agreed to have a committee look into possible solutions, like building a sound barrier. In the meantime, Frankie's is not giving any comments on the issue at this time.


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