State Wants Quick Action in Casino Process
The state sent a letter this week urging "early and expeditious approval."
The state is pushing hard for fast action regarding a casino 10 miles from the Easton town border in Taunton.
According to Southcoasttoday.com, the state sent a letter this week urging "early and expeditious approval" even though the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe has yet to file all the required documents in its application for the federal government to take 316 acres into federal trust.
The urging came in the form of a 13-page letter issued by Mark Reilly, Governor Deval Patrick's Chief Counsel.
In Easton, officials have expressed concerns about a casino so close to the Shovel Town (the proposed Taunton casino is at the intersection of Route 24 and 140).
At a recent selectmen's meeting, Acting Director of Community Planning Stephanie Danielson said that the biggest concern about the casino would be the added traffic on Routes 138 and 106 because of accidents occurring on Route 24 “frequently at 44, 140, and 495 during rush hour traffic.”