Alvarez Racetrack liquor license shot down

By: Alex Hambrick Email
By: Alex Hambrick Email

MACK, Colo. (KKCO)-- The Alvarez Racetrack has a conditional use permit that allows the owners to host horse racing events. Neighbors living near the track are concerned by the hundreds of people that show up two Sundays out of every month.

"Not things that you and I would participate in is the way I'm going to put it," said neighbor Cheryl Thomas.

Thomas said those attending the races throw trash in front of her house and urinate on her lawn, and she said she's not the only one dealing with these issues.

Owners of the track recently petitioned neighbors in an effort to get a liquor license.

"So it was taking it a little too far with what their capabilities are because they are probably already not controlling what they got in their conditional use permit," said Mesa County Commissioner Craig Meis.

Thomas is concerned about her safety, but Track Manager Mike Salvidrez said money from alcohol sales would be used to increase security on the property.

"It's concerning because this is a nice neighborhood, and we didn't have any problems before," said Thomas.

The liquor license application was denied in a two to one vote by Mesa County Commissioners, but neighbors are still concerned about the future of the track.

Commissioners say they will be looking into whether the track is operating under the regulations of the current conditional use permit.

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