[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of Old Bridge 2-13-1996 by Ord. No. 4-96 (Sec. 5-5 of the 1973 Revised General Ordinances). Amendments noted where applicable.]
No person shall engage in the maintaining, conducting and operating of any racetrack, oval, scooter track, velodrome or other form of track, roadway or similar place for the exhibition to, or use by, the public of any form of motor-driven or motor-paced vehicle or conveyance without first having applied for and obtained a license in accordance with this chapter.
All applications for licenses shall be in writing, stating the name and address of the applicant if an individual, the names and addresses of all principals if the applicant is a corporation, firm, partnership or association, the names and addresses of all the officers, and the names and addresses of all stockholders having 10% or more financial interest. If the applicant is a corporation, the name of the corporation's registered agent shall be set forth in the application.
All applications shall be filed with the Township Clerk, who shall cause a copy to be sent to the Old Bridge Township Police Department. The Township Clerk shall issue the license as a matter of course unless it shall appear that the prior operations of the racetrack have consistently violated any ordinances of the Township of Old Bridge, any New Jersey statutes or regulations or any special conditions on the license.
All applications shall be accompanied by the annual license fee as hereafter stated.
In the event the Township Clerk concludes that there is cause to believe that a license should not be issued, the Clerk shall notify the Mayor, who shall conduct a hearing as hereinafter provided.
The annual license fee shall be $1,000, and no part thereof shall be prorated for any fraction of the year. License fees shall be payable on a calendar year basis expiring December 31 of the year in which the license is issued.
All licenses issued under this chapter shall be subject to the following conditions and restrictions:
The operator (licensee) of the racetrack facility shall take all reasonable measures to assure that the patrons of the racetrack, employees of the racetrack and contestants obey all laws and otherwise act in an orderly fashion.
The operator (licensee) of the racetrack facility shall make periodic announcements to patrons of any event requesting that they refrain from disposing of litter on and along the roadside when entering and exiting the racetrack facility.
The operator (licensee) of the racetrack facility shall make periodic announcements to patrons of any event requesting that they exit the race event in a quiet and orderly manner.
No license shall be transferable. In the event a racetrack facility is transferred to another owner or operator, such new owner or operator shall file a separate license application before engaging in maintaining, conducting or operating any racetrack.
Muffled vehicles. There shall be no limitation on the days and hours of operation of any racetrack, oval, scooter track, velodrome or other form of track, roadway or similar facility with respect to the operation, use, display or racing of motor vehicles which are sound muffled.
Number of racing days limited. The racing of unmuffled vehicles upon any racetrack, oval, scooter track, velodrome or other form of track, roadway or similar facility shall be subject to the following limitations on number of racing days: limited to two days per week, plus 15 additional days during any calendar year. Upon good cause shown, the Mayor, or his or her designee, may authorize further racing days to be held to a maximum of five additional days during any calendar year.
Hours of operation. In no event shall races be commenced prior to 9:00 a.m. or continue subsequent to 11:00 p.m. in any day. Upon good cause shown, the Mayor, or his or her designee, may enlarge the limits set forth herein on the hours of operation.
Special provisions governing the days, hours and operation of Old Bridge Township Raceway Park.
The Township Council does hereby recognize the existence of various court orders regulating the days, hours and operations of a certain racetrack situate within the Township of Old Bridge, known as “Old Bridge Township Raceway Park” (formerly Madison Township Raceway Park), Laiken et al. v. Madison Township Raceway Park, Chancery Division, Monmouth County, Docket No. C-109-77, which may be more restrictive than the conduct permitted under this chapter. The Township of Old Bridge does, however, hereby incorporate the following specific restrictions therefrom into its ordinances, and such restrictions shall apply only to Old Bridge Raceway Park:
Jet cars, rocket cars, top fuel dragsters, funny cars and those supercharged cars which burn nitro-methane or hydrogen peroxide will not be operated at the racetrack premises more than 18 days in any calendar year.
No vehicle utilizing a J46 engine shall be operated at the Old Bridge Township Raceway Park premises at any time.
The public address system shall not be operated prior to 8:00 a.m. nor subsequent to 11:00 p.m. Such public address system shall be utilized at the lowest volume setting which permits reasonable broadcast to patrons and contestants while also minimizing transmission thereof outside the racetrack premises.
In no event shall races of unmuffled vehicles at the dragstrip portion of the property be commenced prior to 10:00 a.m. nor continue subsequent to 10:00 p.m. except during one Wednesday each during the months of June, July and August, at which time racing may extend to 10:30 p.m. Nothing herein shall be construed as a limitation or restriction upon the operation, use, display or racing of motor vehicles which are sound muffled.
Compliance with the foregoing provisions shall be endorsed upon the Old Bridge Raceway Park license as a special condition of licensure.
It shall be unlawful for any operator (licensee) of a racetrack to maintain, operate or suffer any festival or mass assembly unless the licensee has first secured a license to hold an assembly pursuant to Chapter 169, Festivals; Mass Gatherings, of the Code of the Township of Old Bridge.
No licensee shall be required to secure a license to hold an assembly pursuant to Chapter 169, Festivals; Mass Gatherings, of the Code of the Township of Old Bridge in connection with any festival or mass assembly which has as its primary purpose the showing or selling of vehicles, components, parts or accessories related to motor vehicles, motorcycles, scooters or other similar motorized conveyances.
Upon the complaint of the Police Chief, any police officer or other official of the Township of Old Bridge, a license may be suspended or revoked, but only upon compliance with the provisions of notice and hearing set forth herein.
The Director of Law shall, in the case of any revocation, nonrenewal or refusal to issue a license under this chapter, cause a written notice to be prepared and served upon the applicant or licensee, reasonably setting forth the charges against the applicant or licensee. Thereafter, the Mayor, or his or her designee, shall conduct a fair and impartial hearing to determine the charges.