Thursday, June 15, 2017

Good News on Casino...and a new threat

David Levan, who was trying to get a license for a racino [racetrack and casino] has withdrawn his request.  The immediate threat to the area is now gone.  Some municipal actions will continue, such as the referendum by the township residents. 

But lest we relax too much, understand a larger threat.  The Pennsylvania House has passed a law making legal small slots and other small games of chance machines across the state.  It would result in seeing slot machines just about everywhere [doubtful you'll find one in a  Church!].  You'll find them in bars, restaurants, grocery stores, gas stations, just about every retail nook and cranny in the state. 

There is hope, as the bill is now in the Pennsylvania Senate and there is time to contact the Senators and give them a resounding "NO!".  Please contact your State Senator ASAP and just say "'NO!"

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Citizens Stand Against the Racino!


NO CASINO
 GETTYSBURG


May 30, 2017  Citizens Stand Against the Racino!
Our big news is that the citizens of Freedom Township are standing up for themselves. They don’t want or need a harness racing track and huge casino in their mostly rural Township. They found a provision in the 2nd Class Township Code that allows a VOTE, a Referendum, on banning Horse Race Tracks from the Township. This is the first time a casino proposal can be stopped by the people who would suffer the most from it.
The citizens of Freedom Township, Adams County, PA have met the criteria for the referendum provision in the Township Code.  In this case, the first criteria were the signatures of 46.5 registered voters. Volunteers from Freedom Township went door to door over one weekend and collected the notarized signatures of 120 registered voters, which they presented to the Supervisors on May 10 along with 270 additional signatures. An additional requirement was that the proposed racetrack be less than 50 air miles from the center of an existing licensed racetrack. An air mile is 6,076.11 ft., longer than a land mile. No Casino Gettysburg employed professional surveyors who determined, in two different analyses, that the center of the proposed track is 49.5 Air Miles from the center of Penn National Race Track in Grantville, PA. That’s close!
The Code states that if these two criteria are met the referendum is mandatory. The Supervisors have been examining it and will meet June 14 at 8PM to announce their decision. In addition, LeVan has submitted his 3rd text amendment to the Township. The Planning Commission hasn’t liked the first two, but we’ll find out at their next meeting at 7PM on June 7 what they think of this latest try. Both meetings will be at the Greenmount Fire Hall, 3095 Emmitsburg Rd., Gettysburg.
We gave public comment to the last Horse Racing Commission meeting, letting them know about the Referendum. LeVan still hasn’t applied for the license, but he has until June 14. With a referendum looming, he may be having difficulty getting funding, especially since the market is saturated.
We noticed that LeVan is asking lots of influential groups to endorse his project. So far, it’s been endorsed by the Chamber of Commerce and the Adams County Economic Development Authority but Destination Gettysburg stayed neutral. Many people endorsed his last two attempts to build a casino in Gettysburg but it didn’t help. He still never got a single vote from the PA Gaming Control Board!
HOW YOU CAN HELP: Write a letter to the editor of your local paper to let them know how you feel about a proposed casino in Gettysburg. This helps more people find our website and sign the petition. If you are nearby, e-mail us to get a sign for your yard to spread the word. Please donate if possible. Stay current at www.NoCasinoGettysburg.ORG


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Thursday, May 04, 2017

Good News from the Casino Fight

Courtesy of NoCasinoGettysburg.org

Referendum on Racino Recommended by Freedom Township Voters, Planners
Gettysburg, Pa. The proposed Gettysburg racino hit a wall tonight when Freedom Township residents asked for a Referendum* to prohibit a racetrack from being built in Freedom Township, and the Freedom Township Planning Commission voted unanimously to recommend it to the Supervisors.
Freedom Township residents have been actively fighting Mason-Dixon Downs with a door to door petition campaign throughout the township. No Casino Gettysburg signs dot the rural landscape. The “We Are Freedom” team of No Casino Gettysburg discussed their work during public comments at Wednesday’s Freedom Township Planning Commission meeting.
Rebecca Kurnat, a working wife and mother, explained during public comments that their petition drive is almost finished and the numbers of signers will be reported at the Freedom Supervisors meeting on May 10.
Kurnat explained, “During our campaign, we uncovered information that Referendum are legal in PA on the question of whether a horse track can be prohibited in a township. We decided to ask the Planning Commission to recommend that the Supervisors conduct such a referendum. After talking to so many citizens of the Township, we feel positive we could win such a vote.”
After once again tabling the zoning text amendment requested by Mason-Dixon Downs, the five-member planning board voted unanimously to recommend to the Supervisors that they conduct a referendum.
Charles McElhose of Freedom said he had collected 44 signatures himself going door to door in his neighborhood. “Ninety percent of the people I spoke with opposed the racino”, he said. “No one I talked to was for it. There is a lot of sentiment against it in Freedom.”  The volunteers, all Freedom voters, first met in a local home on April 26 and decided to divide up the approximately 400 home township among themselves.
In the hot township building, crammed with over 100 people, 15 residents spoke against the racino, and one married couple spoke for it. Once comments were opened to non-Freedom persons, there were several pro-casino speeches.
The proposed racino must receive approvals from several state and local entities: a rezoning by Freedom Township in Adams County, a harness racing license from the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission, and a casino license from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. The Freedom Township Supervisors will meet Wed May 10 at 8PM at the Township Building, 2184 Pumping Station Rd, Fairfield, PA 17320, to consider plans for the proposed racetrack and casino. The recommendation for a referendum will be considered at that meeting.
This is the third proposal for casino development in Gettysburg, following unsuccessful attempts in 2005 and 2011 by the same developer, David LeVan. The new plan, located at the Rt. 15-Steinwehr Ave exit, would place a harness racing track, large casino with several restaurants, 1800 slots and table games, a hotel, conference center, restaurant and spa at Route 15 and Emmitsburg Road. This exit is the first highway entrance to Pennsylvania and Gettysburg from the south. The road leads directly to the national park and through the site of Pickett’s Charge, the Confederate attack on the last day of the Battle of Gettysburg that resulted in massive casualties and ended Gen. Robert E. Lee’s advance into Pennsylvania.
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We are Freedom is a committee of No Casino Gettysburg, an all-volunteer citizens’ advocacy group dedicated to saving historic Gettysburg, Pennsylvania and the surrounding area from becoming a casino town. Formed in 2005, the organization has defeated two major proposals, and is now fighting a third proposal – all from the same developer – near the hallowed ground of the Gettysburg National Military Park and the Eisenhower National Historic Site.. Learn more at NoCasinoGettysburg.org.
*Referendum in PA
http://www.palwv.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/259_Referendum-Handbook-1999.pdf  p 20
Horse Racing Voters may prohibit horse race meetings in second class townships located within 50 air miles of an existing race track.1 The issue may be placed on the ballot by a resolution of the board of supervisors or must be placed on the ballot when the board of supervisors has received a petition of registered voters comprising at least 25 percent of the highest number of votes cast for a public office in the township at the last preceding municipal election.  The resolution is submitted to the county board of elections.  Following a positive vote in the referendum, the board of supervisors is authorized to adopt an ordinance prohibiting horse race meets. The first referendum on this issue was held in November, 1991.  Voters in Cranberry Township, Butler County approved a referendum prohibiting horse racing within the township. Reference  1.   53 P.S. 66549; Second Class Township Code, Section 1549. 

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