After months of starts and stops, plans to open a go-kart track in east Cleburne appear to be back on track. Cleburne City Council members, during their Tuesday meeting, conditionally approved a special use permit to allow the land to be used as a go-kart track and entertainment facility.
The measure passed 3-1 with Councilwoman Gayle White voting in opposition. Cleburne Mayor Scott Cain was out of town and unable to attend Tuesday’s meeting.
The condition of approval requires property owner Lynn Limon to install either a septic system or pay for sewer lines to the property in not more than a year’s time. The property, annexed by Cleburne years ago, is not presently served by sewer service.
Council approval appeared to be in jeopardy initially given the question of porta potties, which Limon will be allowed to use until a septic system or sewer service is installed.
Councilman John Warren questioned Limon’s plans to install only one porta pottie, to be used by both men and women, on the grounds.
Warren expressed dismay that a picture Limon displayed, showing two porta potties in a fenced enclosure, came from the Internet and does not represent the actual bathroom facilities she intends to install on the property.
“I support this project and we need things like this in east Cleburne,” Warren said after the meeting. “On the other hand, we’ve got to do things right for the public. All I’m asking, and I don’t think it’s an extreme request, is that she have at least two porta potties out there, one for men and one for women, separated and labeled and with a wall between them.”
Limon countered that she’s never encountered gender-labeled porta potties even at Cleburne city events and further argued that Go-Kart Mania Dirt Track and Party Place’s bathroom facilities are cleaner than those in Hulen Park.