Wed, 3/29/17

Today three of us attended the Pa State Horse Racing Commission meeting at the Farm Show. LeVan has not applied yet for his harness racing license. In fact NO ONE has yet applied.

We heard an interesting report, Horse Racing in Pennsylvania on the health of the racetrack casinos...the market is saturated.

Today some pro-casino folks attended, including Gene and Debbie Golden, and several of their friends. During public comment two pros spoke: Susanne Murphy and one other whose name I couldn't hear. They were not on the sign up list to speak but Jim Simpson of Hanover Shoe Farm spoke in favor of their speaking since, as he said, "You let the others speak (We spoke at previous meetings) and should let them speak as well." The two speakers said they represent "Adams County for Jobs, Growth, and Prosperity" and that they represent "thousands" of Adams county residents who are in favor of the racino. One stated "We outnumber the opposition 7 to 1." No citation was given for this last amazing number. After so many years of attending this state meetings with only No Casino friends I was glad to see they are organizing like we did. (Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery). The Commission has asked that public comment be confined to matters before the board, so we likely won't speak again until after LeVan submits his application. There will be a public hearing so everyone can speak on the issue. 

Also Today we sent out our first e-mail update to over 2,600 people who have given us their e-mail. If you want to be on our updates list,                                 

4/5/17 We were excited to see over 100 citizens turn out for the Freedom Township Planning Commission meeting on April 5. The Planning Commission pointed out that LeVan has added a hotel and restaurant and possible conference center to his plans, and these additions meant the plans have to return to the Supervisors for instructions back to the Planning Commission. (On 4/14/17 the Supervisors sent the expanded plans back to the Planning Commission.)So the plan is tabled for now and any zoning change is delayed again. Racino supporters complained at the 4/14 Supervisors meeting that Freedom Township is practicing "denial by delay" by passing the plans back and forth between the Supervisors and planners.