News 12 First at Five, August 7, 2007
Augusta GA---Don Matthews has lived in South Augusta for over 60 years. He calls the proposed dragstip a bad idea. He says, "You are going to bring a lot of traffic, noise, and a lot of other stuff I don't think we need." Leo Charette was hoping to bring new life to the drag strip. He went before the Augusta commission Tuesday with a new sanctioning party, the National Hot Rod Association, and a new site off of Hephzibah-Mcbean road.
Drag strip proponent Leo Charette says, "Hopefully they will understand that this is going to help the city of Augusta and it won't harm folks as bad as they claim it will." That is one suggestion Commissioner Jimmy Smith called into question in Tuesday's meeting. He says, "I resent the fact that...you come to Richmond county and ask us to spend tax dollars to build you a race track."
Meanwhile, Mayor Copenhaver maintains he is not sold on the project. He says, "I am not ready to say I am in favor of it by any means. I think there are still a lot of questions to be answered at this point." Those questions are regarding zoning and the city plans to recoup the proposed 4.7 million dollar debt. As for Mr. Matthews, he says, "We can beat. We will band together and fight it."