SPRINGFIELD – A decision regarding settling of any casino contract by the opinion poll of the city or the ward for any particular website was postponed on Monday night by the City Council following a discussion of the councilor Timothy Allen with other councilors.
At first Allen was in favor of city opinion poll; however he decided to take back his decision following his talks with other councilors who wished to pass on the issue to subcommittee for assessment and probable investigation. He stated that it is the duty of council to settle about city or ward opinion poll and deciding upon the matter in a short span of time will enable casino developers to be aware of their dealings. Following this, the application for a city opinion poll was forwarded to a subcommittee.
James Ferrera III, the city Council President was also in favor of city opinion poll; however he stated that he comprehends the extra time taken by councilors in finalizing the matter. The council is insisted upon by Domenic J. Sarno to accept city opinion poll instead of ward opinion poll at present for the casino legislation.
At present, there are four developers who want to construct casinos in Springfield including $800 million project by MGM in the South End, the Las Vegas based Ameristar Casinos which wishes to construct a casinos off Interstate 291 and Page Boulevard; Seminole Hard Rock Entertainment that intends to construct casino in Springfield after being resisted a casino in Holyoke by the Mayor Alex Morse and Penn National Gaming wishing to construct a casino in North End at the land of The Republican and the Peter Pan Buslines.
The casino assortment procedure disclosed by the mayor on Aug. 27 requires city to decide about the Casino Company or companies which can enter into a contract with city, in December. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission will hold a meeting with city officers to confer upon the city assortment procedure as well as about a probable disagreement that may arise over the casino consultant of the city. The meeting of five members of the commission who are worried about the city consultant will be held at Scibelli Hall at Springfield Technical Community College.
A question regarding appropriateness of the Springfield city’s conclusion about appointment of the Chicago law company of Shefsky & Froelich as its consultant was raised by the chairman of the commission - Stephen P. Crosby. The law firm which is serving as a certified lobbyist for Penn National Gaming and MGM in Illinois is suspected about its neutrality in counseling Springfield. The two casino companies are also looking forward to a license to construct casinos in Springfield.