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February 6, 2013

Danvers residents win few answers

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Last night’s meeting did not have a slots parlor discussion on the selectmen’s agenda, but it was standing room only for those seeking more information.

However, as is custom, the board took up the new business.

On hand was an aide to state Rep. Ted Speliotis, D-Danvers, former School Committee member Bill Bates, who said that the state is at the first stage of the process to investigate applicant. State Sen. Joan Lovely, D-Salem, also commented on the proposal.

“I, too, was appearing just to listen to the slots license proposal,” said Lovely, who reminded the audience both at Town Hall and watching on cable: “It’s really the voters that will have the last say at the ballot box, whether you want this in your community or not.”

Selectmen Chairman Bill Clark said no one on the board has received any hard information, and the board was just doing its due diligence to learn more. Clark said board members would meet individually or in pairs with Cordish representatives to avoid violating the state’s open meeting laws.

“At that time,” Clark said, “we are hoping to get information ourselves so we can come back to you on the fifth of March and have an open discussion, have an open meeting, and let people speak their will.”

“Any information you have on that, we would like to hear it tonight,” said River Run trustee David Joyce, who said the condos were having their annual meeting tomorrow night.

“We have no information to give tonight,” said Selectman Gardner Trask, who said the board had not received anything in writing from Cordish, which submitted its proposal to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission as PPE Casino Resorts, LLC, and that it was undecided as to location and type of license, though town officials say they were approached about the idea of a slots parlor.

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