Wednesday, December 20, 2017

We won!

From our friends at NoCasino:


WE WON A BUFFER AROUND THE HALLOWED GROUND OF GETTYSBURG!
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT in Saving Gettysburg!
We won! Gettysburg and Adams County finally have a buffer zone against casinos!
Adams County Chooses No Casino: 20 of 21 Townships, 11 of 13 Boroughs opt out of hosting a Casino.
The remaining township, Conewago, votes this Thursday 12/21 at 11AM at 541 Oxford Ave., Hanover, PA. Conewago is next to Hanover and previously decided NOT to opt out but have decided to re-visit their decision. They may not opt out but we are still quite happy with the results.

Statement by No Casino Gettysburg chair Susan Paddock:
Over the last 12 years, the people of Adams County have fought off every category of casino and now have opted out of the PA legislature’s bad idea. We are so grateful that Gettysburg and the hallowed ground surrounding it are protected. No Casino Gettysburg is ready to retire! 

Background:
The Pa gambling expansion bill signed 10/31/17 calls for 10 satellite “Category 4” casinos (up to 750 slots and 50 table games) to be awarded to the highest bidder. The auction winner selects their location. The law allows municipalities to opt out of having a casino in their municipality by adopting a resolution before Dec 31, 2017. If they do not opt-out, they will not be able to say no later. However, they can say “yes” later. This action by the borough or township is the only remaining opportunity for municipal leaders to prevent a casino in their neighborhood.
No Casino Gettysburg has been fighting casino proposals for the Gettysburg Area since 2005. The first three proposals were from a local developer, David LeVan. In 2005 he proposed a Stand-alone casino in Straban Township. In 2010 he proposed a “resort casino” in the Eisenhower Inn, in Cumberland Township. Neither the first or second proposal ever received a single yes vote from the PGCB. From PGCB reasons for rejecting Crossroads:
“The Gettysburg area itself is primarily a rural area without large population centers nearby to sustain the casino”…During the public input hearings in April and May,2006, community group representatives and individual members of the community testified overwhelmingly in opposition to the project. Opposition was strongest in relation to the proximity of the casino to the historic Gettysburg battlefield areas and the effect the casino would have on the traditionally rural nature of the community.”
The third proposal from LeVan was in 2017 for a harness racing track and casino in Freedom Township. The citizens demanded a referendum. The day that was approved, Mr. LeVan withdrew his application, citing uncertainty regarding the new gaming law. The referendum, held on Nov. 6, 2017, resulted in 80% of citizens voting against a racetrack in the township.
Just before the vote, PA’s Gambling Expansion Law was passed.

Having most of the County opt out provides the buffer zone we needed to protect the historic treasure of Gettysburg. THANK YOU for YOUR support throughout these 12 years. This is our last e-mail! Happy Holidays!
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world: indeed it's the only thing that ever has." Margaret Mead

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Cumberland Township Says NO to casinos

In an overcrowded Cumberland Township meeting room, the citizens who turned out in force to push the No Casino vote carried the day and the Supervisors voted to opt out.

Gettysburg Borough put off the vote until December last evening. It appears the citizens who came out for that meeting were also predominantly anti-casino. 

Let's hope this sets a trend throughout Adams County. 

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Monday, November 27, 2017

Check here for Casino vote in your Township



Cumberland Township Supervisors will hear comments on Tuesday, 11/28/17 at 7PM and possibly vote that night. Previously, the Supervisors have approved casino zoning in any mixed-use area in the Township, such as Boyd’s Bears, the former Eisenhower Hotel or any of the MX (brown) areas on this map:


12/4/17 Straban Township hearing 7PM.
12/5/17 Hamiltonban Township at 6:30PM. The early start is to allow public comment on the option.
12/7/17 at 7PM Mt. Joy and Franklin Townships
12/11/17 Gettysburg Borough Council will vote on opting out. 7PM
12/28/17 Mount Pleasant  7PM
Previously opted out: Freedom, Highland and Tyrone Townships
The resolution must be received by the Gaming Control Board by 12/31/17
A list municipalities that have opted out (a bit out of date) is at http://gamingcontrolboard.pa.gov/files/legislation/cat4_opt-out_county.pdf



Say "NO" to Casino! 


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Monday, November 06, 2017

Keep a Casino out of Your PA neighborhood!


State’s Casino Law tells Municipalities: Choose Now or Never

Townships, Boroughs and Cities in PA have ONLY until Dec 31, 2017 to have a CHOICE on a casino in their municipality. The law calls for 10 satellite “Category 4” casinos (750 slots and 50 table games) to be awarded to the highest bidder. The auctions are for areas that are at least 25 miles from any of the 12 existing PA licensed casinos.

The new expansion of gambling law allows municipalities to OPT OUT of having a casino in their municipality by adopting a RESOLUTION before Dec 31, 2017. Officials can say “NO” in a resolution now. If they do not, they will NOT BE ABLE TO SAY NO LATER. However, they CAN say “YES” later if they decide they do want a casino in their municipality.

As the County Commissioners Association of PA explained:
“A municipality could later rescind that prohibition by sending a separate resolution to the Gaming Control Board, but could not later choose again to prohibit mini-casinos.”
                                                                                                             
Officials can make the Resolution to the Pa. Gaming Control Board. As the PGCB describes here, http://gamingcontrolboard.pa.gov/?pr=736                               
“In order to facilitate this process, if a municipality desires to avail itself of the municipal option regarding Category 4 casinos, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board provides the following guidance:
First, the governing body of the municipality should officially adopt the Resolution at a public meeting consistent with the requirements of Pennsylvania’s Sunshine Act, 65 Pa.C.S. §701 et seq., after October 31, 2017.
Then, an official copy of the Resolution should be delivered no later than December 31, 2017 to:

Pamela Lewis, Board Secretary, Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board
303 Walnut Street, Commonwealth Tower, 5th Floor
Harrisburg, PA 17101

The Board also recommends that each municipal governing body consult their solicitor in the development of the resolution which, at minimum, should include the following information:
Reference to the power granted under Section 1305.1 and the municipality’s decision to exercise the power to opt-out;
The date that the governing body adopted the resolution; and
The inclusion of signatures or seal necessary to establish that the resolution was officially adopted.”

If you live in Adams County, this action by your borough or township may be the ONLY remaining opportunity for leaders to prevent a Gettysburg area casino.

Wherever you live in PA, you can keep a casino out of your neighborhood by contacting your Township Supervisors, Borough or City Council Members and ask them to retain their power of choice by entering a resolution against casinos at the next public meeting. Because it is only a resolution, it can be introduced and approved in the same meeting.  

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