The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) is asking the public to consider renewing Mount Airy Casino Resort’s Category 2 Slot Machine Operator license.
PGCB will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, Aug. 3 at Paradise Township Municipal Building in Monroe County, (at the intersection of Routes 191 and 940, in Cresco), where statements may be made in person. Participants may also submit written statements.
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Those wishing to submit comments, whether orally or in writing, must register before 12 noon Monday, August 1. To register, go to the GCB website (gamingcontrolboard.pa.gov) and click on the registration link.
Written comments can be submitted during registration through the PGCB website. They may also be emailed to [email protected], faxed to 717-265-7416, or emailed to:
PA Gaming Control Board303 Walnut Street/5th Fl. Commonwealth Tower Harrisburg, PA 17101 Attention: Board Clerk
Gaming licenses are renewed every four years, according to PGCB. The board uses public input along with other documents and evidence to support its decision whether or not to grant an extension. A second public hearing will be held in Harrisburg, where the casino can present its own evidence and arguments.
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According to PGCB, those applying for an extension of the license must “… demonstrate by clear and convincing evidence that they are eligible and suitable for renewal of a gambling license. During the hearing, the applicant for the renewal will be given an opportunity to more to demonstrate other things, his good character, honesty and integrity; adherence to his waiver of conditions; as well as provide evidence of tax revenue generated; jobs created; success in executing his diversity plan; and commitment to surrounding communities.”
The revenue from Mount Airy Casino supports numerous improvement projects in Monroe County, as well as the five counties that touch its borders: Wayne, Pike, Lackawanna, Carbon, and Northampton. This Local Share Account (LSA) funding is distributed through the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) to help develop communities, businesses and other aspects of public interest in the area.
On June 24, Dad. Senator Lisa Baker (R-20 Wayne, Pike, Lucerne, Susquehanna, Wyoming) and Representatives Jonathan Fritz (R-111 Wayne, Susquehanna), Mike Peifer (R-139 Wayne, Pike), and Rosemary Brown (R-189 Pike, Monroe ) announced that $1.35 million has been awarded to 12 projects in Wayne and Pike counties.
These projects include:
- Dreher Township, Wayne County – $175,000 to renovate the Greene Dreher Volunteer Fire Association fire station.
- Dyberry Township, Wayne County – $80,000 for a new truck in the town that will provide road maintenance.
- Greater Honesdale Partnership, Wayne County – $175,000 to complete Phase II of downtown Honesdale’s revitalization plan.
- Hawley Borough, Wayne County – $80,000 for the Hawley Borough Municipal Infrastructure Project, including pavement updates along Church Street.
- Lake Township, Wayne County – $80,000 for new residential flow meters for South Wayne County Water and Sewer Authority and the Roamingwood Sewer and Water Association.
- Lebanon Township, Wayne County – $125,000 to build Phase II salt shed for additional storage of road maintenance materials.
- Lehigh Township, Wayne County – $79,580 for fire station improvements, including installation of a new generator and heating and cooling system.
- Milford Borough, Pike County – $71,149 for renovations to Milford Borough Hall, including roof replacement, heating, hot water and air conditioning system
- Pike County Economic Development Authority, Pike County – $150,000 for renovations and a new heating system at the Pike County Historical Society and Museum.
- Preston Township, Wayne County – $65,959 for municipal building improvements to allow year-round use.
- Prompton Borough, Wayne County – $174,262 to repair two roads and replace two culverts in the district.
- Westfall Township, Pike County – $100,000 for the Delaware Valley School District’s central sewer connection project.