06-21-2018 Hartford Speedway; Go or grow? Not so! Marijuana grow application report sparks concerns

2018 SENIOR AWARDS… Coloma High School senior band members were recently presented personalized blankets or a framed certificate in honor of their years of participation in the Coloma Band Program. Students awarded are (from the left): Front row – Lauren Morris, Kaley Florey, Samantha Fischer, Emily Bolis, Mallory Spaulding, Samantha Schreiber, Julia Sternaman, Edwyn Rodriguez, Gabriele Ezell, & Caleb Dahlke; Back row – Kayla Henderson, Precious Cornelius, Sky Hempel, Melanie Alexander, Leeza Noles, Matthew Davis, Derek Plitt, Ryley Watson, Spencer Culby, Jon Sink, & Zach Yenchus.

Hartford Speedway; Go or grow? Not so! Marijuana grow application report sparks concerns for future of race fans’ favorite

By Jon Bisnett Social media has been on fire since The Herald-Palladium’s publication of Monday’s Hartford City Commission meeting during which City Manager Yemi Akinwale briefly mentioned a new application for a Medical Marijuana Grow Facility for 301 Bowie Street, site of the Hartford Speedway, fueling a rash of erroneous rumors that the track had been sold to become a marijuana plantation. Crazy visions of plants popping up down the back straightaway have both fans and drivers up in arms, when in fact that could not be further from the truth. With all due respect to facts presented by the H-P, the Tri-City Record has discovered by more in depth investigation that yes indeed an application for a Class C Medical Marijuana Grow Facility (up to 1,500 plants) has been received by the City of Hartford from a Brownstown Michigan corporation for 301 Bowie Street address. The application, absent a site plan, details a lease of space at that address. Race fans and drivers alike have absolutely nothing to fear following the TCR’s interview with track owner Tim Dibble who clarified that the applicants will be leasing a small, currently unused, 5-acre parcel of the 42-acre track property located in the northwest corner behind the pit area where they will build a secure grow facility, if approved. Dibble is adamant to say this property lease will have no effect on operations of the track and although the track itself is for sale, he and his staff will continue to offer the same family entertainment of the seasonal race schedule that fans and drivers have come to expect. Speaking even more candidly Tim is first to admit that operating a track is something you do for the love of the sport, certainly not the income. If anything the lease of the property will serve as additional revenue that will help offset the rainouts and other financial challenges that track owners like him face. Bottom line is come Friday nights they will be firing up the engines and stirring up the dust for some good dirty fun at Hartford Speedway.

SOUSA & ARMSTRONG AWARDS… Samantha Fischer (left) was presented with the John Philip Sousa Award. She was chosen by the band and Mrs. Thomas based on her leadership, dedication, and musicianship. Samantha, the daughter of Jason & Jennifer Fischer, plays the piccolo and flute in the concert, marching