Go-kart and bike supporters seek change in Gibson City rules
By RYAN FERGUSON
GIBSON CITY — Community members opposed to the recently passed ordinance regulating go-karts and dirt bikes within city limits were in attendance at this week's city council meeting to discuss potential options for amending the new rules.
Jerry Skinner, who used the dirt race track in the 100 block of South Wood Street with his daughter, attended the meeting with the hopes of opening discussion on possibly amending the ordinance to allow go-karts and dirt bikes during set days and hours.
At an ordinance committee meeting March 31, Alderman Dean Kidd said "a blanket ban might have been a little too far," and he hoped there would be a way to amend the ordinance to create some flexibility.
One such example was presented by Ryan Padgett at that ordinance meeting. Padgett races dirt bikes in his spare time. When he has to repair his bike, he needs to test his work by riding a few laps around his property on North Sangamon Avenue. That testing prevents him from potentially wasting a trip to a race track with a bike that is unfit for performing.
Under the current ordinance as it reads, that would be prohibited. The issue will be addressed at an ordinance committee meeting in the future.