New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell saying New Bedford is on the move and will get beyond this disappointing withdrawal of K.G. Urban's casino plan for the city's waterfront.
Mitchell saying there is life after the casino.
K.G. Urban says it was unable to secure funding for the casino because of the uncertainty about whether the Mashpee Wampanoag’s might someday get approval for a casino and would pay no taxes to the state.
It appears there will be a sales tax holiday weekend in Massachusetts next month.
Senate President Stanley Rosenberg telling WSAR News he's not a big fan of waiving the 6.25 percent sales tax on certain items.
The weekend of august 15th and 16th is being eyed as sales tax free weekend this year.
Local Chamber President and CEO Rob Mellion says a better idea might be to organize a statewide shop local campaign with greater sales that might work better to drive business into local stores rather than the big box stores.
The seven member Fall River School Committee approved a revised budget number of nearly 1-hundred 19-million dollars for the current fiscal year, but not without disagreement over how the net school spending number will be hit later this year.
The city will send over some two point seven million dollars in certified free cash later this winter; School Committee Member Melissa Panchley says she remains optimistic.
School Committee Member Joe Martins had issues with the way net school spending will be achieved; Panchley answered this way.
Fall River School Superintendent Meg Mayo Brown informed the committee the numbers break down this way.
The School Committee dealt with some 20 issues in nearly four hours Monday night.
The Fall River Public School District is watching to see how its application process might change in the future regarding free or reduced lunches, with nearly eighty percent of students currently qualifying.
There is concern that new qualifying procedures could knock nearly 2-thousand students from the rolls of those who receive free or reduced lunch.
Mike Coogan, Chief Operating Officer for the Fall River Public School District:
Coogan says if the number of pre qualified students’ drops, money flowing to the district to cover the cost of free or reduced lunches could be impacted:
Coogan says the district is concerned about losing a significant number of students if new qualifying rules become the norm.
Currently about 11 percent of public school students in Fall River pay the full price for lunch during the school year; all of the ten thousand students are eligible for breakfast, which is free to students.
The process towards securing commonwealth financial assistance for a new BMC Durfee High School continues this month, as the Massachusetts School Building Agency meets with public school administrators to talk about future enrollment numbers and other issues.
Fall River Mayor and School Committee Chair Sam Sutter has been in contact with Fall River Public School Superintendent Meg Mayo Brown and says a session with the MSBA will lead to other steps.
Sutter says he is in favor of a new high school being possibly constructed later this decade.
The last building to be opened under a program that saw a total overhaul of public schools in Fall River was the new Morton Middle School which opened a couple of years ago.
As a solid waste task force continues its preparations for a September report with at least a pair of recommendations regarding the city’s long term future regarding solid waste and recycling, and a conversation with social service agencies begins on how to perhaps provide low cost, or free, purple trash bags, Fall River Community Maintenance Director Ken Pacheco says increased compliance will likely mean more bag sales in the new fiscal year:
Pacheco says he’s waiting for an answer from North Carolina based Waste Zero as to whether or not any communities in their network of more than eight hundred offer single bags that can be sold to households that may not need packages of ten or more.
It could be fiscal year 2017 before decisions are made regarding free or reduced price bags to households that qualify, after first determining what those qualifications might look like.
It’s likely that the commonwealth of Massachusetts will have a sales tax holiday during the third weekend in august, as has been customary for several years, following other states across the country that follow the same practice as a precursor for back to school purchases.
Bristol Sixth District State Rep Carol Fiola
Fiola says there are arguments made for and against a sales tax holiday.
The Patrick administration decided against a sales tax holiday a few years ago.
MASS Dot planning some temporary traffic changes while it opens access to the new Davol Street Bridge.
Drivers will not be able to access Central Street between Durfee Street-Milliken Blvd and Water Street, exit five off 195 west and Davol Street between the u-turn and Central Street between 2 AM to 5 PM Saturday.
There will be a number of detours in place during the process and some big changes when the work is complete Saturday evening.
The traffic department urges everyone to consult the city's website for detailed information.
Bristol Third District State Representative Shaunna O’Connell says she's part of a citizen's effort to insure public tax dollars are not used to finance a potential 2024 summer Olympics in Boston and in surrounding cities including New Bedford, and perhaps, Fall River.
O’Connell says the initial ballot question, which could land on the November 2016 general election ballot was filed on Thursday.
There has been talk of taking out some type of insurance to cover potential cost over runs.
Proponents of the Olympics have argued that every American hosted Olympics have posted a profit.
With Fall River’s unemployment in the single digit rates for the first time in several years, the head of the Fall River Career Center on North Main Street, Joe Vienna says job postings in a variety of classifications have increased this year.
Vienna says the career center is trying to fix a skills gap.
Vienna says the Career Center is also teaching prospective job seekers the basics of getting and keeping a job.
The Career Center publishes a weekly hot jobs list which you can get by dialing 508-730 5000.
Fall River City Councilor Jasiel Correia says he has concerns if the pay as you throw purple bags are reduced, or given away in future fiscal years.
While a discussion with social service agencies likely won't happen till later this summer, Correia says he wants to know how the revenue lost is going to be recovered, even if a classification of the bags is sold at cost, estimated to be at thirty-four cents.
City Councilor Mike Miozza has long advocated either giving away the bags to people who qualify at certain income levels, or allow the bags to sold one at a time, rather than in a package.
Fall River City Council has approved a ten dollar per unit solid waste fee that was already part of the fiscal year 2016 budget during second reading and enrollment Monday night, by a five three margin.
The Sutter administration’s chief of staff had indicated to council members that the payment could be split into two portions.
Fall River City Administrator Cathy Ann Viveiros says if council wants the fee split into two portions, its doable.
Corporation Counsel Joseph Macy told council that in the end, its a fee, not a tax.
In a statement from the sixth floor, Fall River Mayor Sam Sutter declared that with the final passage of the ten dollar per unit concept, the city ''has a sound and sustainable budget'' for the current fiscal year.
Viveiros told council that the new Sutter administration tried to meet a May first deadline to submit budget proposals, but had too many challenges.
City Council President Joe Camara says every mayor faces the same budget challenges the current administration had to deal with.
Council also tabled a measure regarding water and sewer connections, while approving a new ordinance increasing boat ramp fees; a resolution concerning the feasibility of owner occupied residential tax exemptions was sent to the ordinance and legislation committee, while the finance committee will discuss policies and procedures for the Fall River Fire Department to avoid issues with overtime.
Fall River Community Maintenance Director Ken Pacheco says discussions with social service agencies regarding free purple trash bags, or having a classification of the bags sold at a reduced price for those who qualify, will happen soon:
Pacheco says sales of the purple bags could surpass two point seven million dollars.
Pacheco says compliance numbers are back in the mid eighties.
The pay as you throw program was launched last August.
Fall River City Council is being asked to bond for a little over half a million dollars in new computer software to bring Government Center’s operating systems into the twenty-first century.
pending approval, once new software is installed, training will cost the city a little over a thousand dollars a day to make sure staff using various computer systems will know how to use various functions.
Fall River City Administrator Cathy Ann Viveiros:
Viveiros says past practice that staff needs to be trained on software, otherwise, various features would simply go to waste.
Upgrades to windows operating systems and munis systems are part of the half million dollar investment.
City Council expected to give final approval to the administration's ten dollar per month, per unit trash fee.
The fee is projected to raise some 3.7 million dollars in new revenues that would help retire a 6.5 million dollar shortfall.
Council may also vote on a proposed ordinance that would establish the purple bag and the green cart as the proper trash receptacles under pay as you throw.
Mayor Sam Sutter.
Councilor Mike Miozza, one of three to vote against the new fee the first time around, says it may be in violation of an ordinance requiring new fees to be presented to the council prior to a May first deadline.
The administration has obtained a legal opinion that questions the legality of the ordinance but Miozza says it may be up to the courts to decide.
Meanwhile...the Ordinance Committee still wrestling with what to do to make purple trash bags more affordable for those in need.
City Administrator Cathy Ann Viveiros says the bags could be sold at a reduced rate.
The administration has suggested that reduced priced bags could be distributed through agencies such as Citizens for citizens.
Community Maintenance Director Ken Pacheco has completed his inquiry into whether proper procedures were followed by city inspectors in determining whether City Councilor and mayoral hopeful Jasiel Correia obtained the proper permits for work being performed at a mill space he occupies on Anawan Street.
Pacheco says it appears the building department followed proper procedure.
Pacheco says violations will be addressed.
Correia says he is cooperating.
Word of the potential violations was received by government center and some in the news media through an anonymous e-mail.
Bristol County Sheriff Tom Hodgson says the number of federal illegal alien detainees at the Bristol County House of Corrections has decreased dramatically since the Obama administration did away with the secure communities program.
Hodgson says changes in federal laws have made the country less safe.
Hodgson says as a result of the changes lock ups such as his have lost funding which shifts the financial burden for the cost of running the facility back to the state.
Fall River has a new corporation counsel after the Sutter administration selected Judge Joseph Macy to serve in the post, which was being manned on an acting basis by the remaining attorney in the city’s legal department.
Fall River Mayor Sam Sutter says the recruitment of the retired judge began several months ago.
Macy says he's looking forward to working with the nine member city council and says he sees the job in three components.
On a similar note, Sutter says Macy will explain the administrations stance on its solid waste fee this week.
Sutter says council has effectively passed the solid waste fee with its approval in June of the fiscal year 2016 municipal budget.
Sutter has indicated that he is hopeful the solid waste fee will be a one year occurrence.
Members of the area delegation had hoped to meet with Dynegy, the new owners of Somerset’s Brayton Point Power Plant this month to discuss the plant's future, but so far a meeting date has been elusive.
Speaker Pro-Temp Pat Haddad says she recently spoke about the plant with the Secretary of Energy.
Haddad hopes to keep the plant operational for a while longer.
Brayton Point is scheduled to go off line in June of 2017.
Fall River City Councilor Jasiel Correia tells WSAR News that he will deal with the issue of permits for space he leases at an Anawan Street Mill, housing his digital app and business incubator efforts on Monday, while allowing an investigation into building permits to conclude.
Community Maintenance Director Ken Pacheco, according to The Herald News, has been tasked with looking into the issue of whether or not permits were pulled.
Correia says he's not surprised that someone apparently sent an email to The Herald News and the Mayor’s office.
Correia says the entire issue is a non story.
Correia says he plans to deal with the issue on Monday at Government center.
The two Co-Chairs of a Solid Waste Commission met Thursday in a 90 minute discussion with Community Maintenance Director Ken Pacheco on how a final solid waste report to be issued to the Sutter administration in September will look and be presented.
Dan Botelho is one of the Co-Chairs:
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Co-Chair and Fall River City Councilor Mike Miozza, tells WSAR News the commission has a singular mission:
Botelho tells WSAR News the sixth floor will have to examine various components including cost, contracts in force, and other elements as part of a final decision on what to do with solid waste and recycling.
Botelho and Miozza say it will be up to the mayor’s office to follow up on various forms of research as it seeks to make a long term decision on how to deal with solid waste and recycling
Mayoral assistant Rob Bentlyewski has been tapped to help write the report; work on that will begin this month and continue into August.
MASS DOT is set to close exit five off of I-195 westbound, involving Central Street and North and South Davol Street in Fall River this Saturday.
The closures are necessary to install various utilities on Central Street and pave North and South Davol Street.
three closures will be in force beginning at 7 am Saturday; they include Central Street between Durfee Street And Milliken Boulevard and Water Street; exit five off I-195 westbound and North and South Davol Street between the u turn and Central Street.
Five different detours will also be in force until work on the various projects wraps at 5 pm.
The Fall River School Department has received a grant totaling more than two hundred thousand dollars to extend learning time at the Letourneau elementary school by one hour each day, but more money is needed.
Superintendent Meg Mayo Brown tells WSAR News the school committee will have to find an additional 100 thousand to fund the program.
The Talbot and Tansey schools have also applied for grants for extended learning time.
The department is also looking for a new location for its parent information center, currently located at Durfee.
Mayo Brown says they'd like to lease some space off campus.
Local officials have a face to face with the Massachusetts School Building Authority scheduled for later this month as they seek state funding for the construction of a new Durfee High School.
City Council must still appropriate funds for a feasibility study before a search can begin for a location for a new high school.
The special task force appointed by Mayor Sam Sutter to investigate possible solutions to Fall River’s trash crisis for the long haul close to wrapping up its work.
Co-Chair Dan Botelho tells WSAR News the panel expects to begin preparing a report soon that would be presented to Sutter by the fall.
The panel hearing last night from officials from mass coastal rail.
Botelho says the idea of a transfer station and other options were discussed during the closed door meeting.
Botelho says there has not been much of a response from those in the industry.
Task Force Co-Chair Mike Miozza tells WSAR News there could be a ballot question this fall on bonding for a transfer station.
The city is currently under contract with waste zero for pay as you throw and the city council this month is expected to take a final vote on a new administration trash fee as part of the FY-16 budget.
A Westport School Committee Member tells WSAR News if you want your child to avoid the MCAS exam next spring, it’s your right to ask your building principal to make that happen, despite the information the DESE has on its website.
Westport School Committee member and mother of three, Carolina Africano:
Africano says she got no push back as a result of her request:
The MCAS exam is an event every spring; test scores are used as one criterion for ranking buildings from levels one to four.
Boston 24 says Fall River is very much in the running to host the rowing competition should the international Olympic committee chose Boston to host the 2024 summer games.
Nikko Mendoza, Vice President for Engagement and Strategy, in a letter Monday, indicating that while the Merrimack River in Lowell remains the proposed location, local officials have made - quote - a compelling case for the South Wattuppa Pond, an option that warrants further review says Mendoza.
Chamber Of Commerce President and CEO Rob Mellion:
Fall River State Representative Carole Fiola telling WSAR News lobbying on behalf of the Wattuppa will continue.
Fall River State Representative Alan Silvia.
Mendoza is promising Boston 24 will do due diligence to determine if in fact South Wattuppa Pond is better suited for the rowing competition than is the Merrimack River.
New Bedford has already been selected to host the sailing competition in buzzard's bay.
Mixed reaction from some on the city council to the Sutter administration’s plan to try and repeal or reduce the new trash fee by fy-17.
Mayor Sam Sutter saying this week that if doable he would like to repeal or at least reduce the fee he says was intended as a band aid to help close a 6.5 million dollar shortfall for fy-16.
Council is set to take a final vote on adopting the fee on July 14th.
City Councilor Leo Pelletier who voted in favor of the fee on Tuesday tells WSAR News he wishes he had known.
Councilor Dan Rego says eliminating or reducing the fee might be wishful thinking.
Sutter says he will wait until the task force he appointed to study the city's long term trash needs reports out in September before making a final determination as to whether the fee can be eliminated or reduced.
City Council President Joe Camara concurs with a recently resurfaced report by the Economic Development Agency that Fall River has more than its share of low income housing and that it is a drain on the city's resources.
Camara tells WSAR the state is unwilling to accept that Fall River has more than it's required share of low income units.
Camara says the city over the years has provided housing for low income residents from across the state.
Councilor Steven Long pointing to a 2014 report on the matter says Fall River has experienced a 30 year period of decline largely because of the amount of low income housing and a skyrocketing poverty level.
Long is calling for, among other things, a moratorium on the issuance of new low income housing permits.
Fall River Mayor Sam Sutter has indicated to local media Tuesday night, following the completion of the city council session at Government Center, that a ten dollar per unit solid waste fee, which is now part of the city’s municipal fiscal year 2016 budget, could be reduced or eliminated, depending on if new revenue can be located and collected.
That was news to City Council President Joe Camara:
The co-Chair of the Solid Waste Task Force, Daniel Botelho, says he would have liked a heads up as well.
Sutter told local reporters he hopes new revenue makes the ten dollar per unit solid waste fee a one time solution to a budget shortfall.
The Solid Waste Task Force has a report due in September, while an Economic Development Task Force is set to meet beginning this summer.
The Boston Globe is reporting that physicians around the country wrote nearly 40 million prescriptions for tranquilizers such as ativan and xanax to patients covered by Medicare in 2013, the first year in which Medicare covered those medications, while one Fall River psychiatrist is in the top five for writing such scripts.
The Globe is reporting that a Fall River Psychiatrist, Doctor Claude Curran, wrote well over 11-thousand, seven hundred prescriptions for tranquilizers, including refills, ranking him in the top five nationally among physicians who wrote the prescriptions.
Curran tells The Globe that xanax and antivan works well for patients trying to end addictions to various narcotics, but have issues with anxiety and depression.
Fall River City Council has tabled a request for 2-hundred 37-thousand dollars to be transferred from a general fund insurance account to be credited to the Fall River Housing Authority Fund, after they failed to pay for FRPD details.
Council was also told that there was no written agreement between the Flanagan administration and the housing authority until one was crafted recently, according to city administrator Cathy Ann Viveiros.
Fall River City Treasurer John Nunes explains how the arrangement was supposed to work.
Viveiros told Council there was no written agreement between the then Flanagan administration and the Fall River Housing Authority regarding police patrols.
Viveiros told council if the problem is not addressed, it could impact the amount of so called free cash that could be certified this fall.
There are concerns that the amount of free cash to be certified by the Mass Department Of Revenue could be impacted if the matter is not resolved.
There are also issues involving 1-hundred and four thousand dollars from patrols that were set up after pieces of the church steeple began to fall to the pavement several years ago.
One of the co chairs of a committee on solid waste says if you wish to discuss a proposed ten dollar per unit solid waste fee Wednesday afternoon in the government center atrium, you can do, as the debate on how to pay for solid waste and recycling services continues as part of the municipal fiscal year 2016 fall river budget.
Dan Botelho tells WSAR News with the landfill gone; alternatives to a proposed ten dollar fee need to be located for those who are opposed to the idea:
The ten dollar fee would produce revenue to help close a more than six million dollar budget deficit for fiscal year 2016.
Botelho says solutions need to be offered to circumvent a proposed ten dollar solid waste fee that is currently part of the 2016 fiscal year municipal budget:
The sixth floor needs five votes later this month in order to secure a budget for the municipal and school department sides in Fall River.
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is confirming that K-G Urban Enterprises, working with New Bedford, has submitted required documentation which is now being reviewed by the Commissions' Investigation and Enforcement Bureau.
The five member commission will get an update on the overall region c licensing process on Thursday.
K-G Urban had a deadline of June 9th at 5 pm to submit documentation that it had the proper financing that allows it to move ahead with plans for a destination resort casino.
New Bedford voters will vote up or down on the idea on June 23rd.
Potential Fall River mayoral contender Jasiel Correia tells WSAR News he wants to point the city in a different direction as he prepares to make his candidacy for mayor official at some point this week.
Correia says at age 23, its the right time for him to lay out a comparison between what a 2 year Sutter administration might attempt, and what a Correia administration would do differently.
Correia says he wants to see a long term economic plan.
Sutter has promised to unveil an economic development committee later this summer.
Correia provides an alternative.
Correia is completing his first term as City Councilor after finishing tenth in the 2013 election cycle, obtaining a seat when Cathy Ann Viveiros decided to forgo a council seat in order to become city administrator.
As a solid waste task force prepares recommendations for solid waste and recycling solutions for the Sutter administration in Fall River, City Councilor Dan Rego continues to advocate a fee for removing solid waste and recycling, telling WSAR News that pay-as-you throw is not the revenue generator it was first thought to be.
Rego says a flat fee would be a means of investing in other services.
The first anniversary of pay as you throw and its rollout is coming up in August.
Fall River City Council will be asked to approve an inter-municipal agreement between the communities of Fall River and Freetown for continued development in the South Coast Life Sciences and Technology Park.
The largest portion sits within Fall River city limits, while some forty percent is in Freetown.
Both communities have approved needed procedural paperwork, including TIFS for a proposed one million square foot warehouse for Seattle-based internet retailer Amazon/
Should Boston be selected to host the 20-24 summer Olympics the sailing and Paralympics sailing events would be held in buzzard's bay and hosted by the city of New Bedford.
Boston 2024 made the announcement Wednesday.
New Bedford Mayor John Mitchell telling WSAR News it's a natural.
Boston 2024's Richard Davey says other communities outside Boston may also be selected to host events.
Fall River has been lobbying to be the host community for the rowing and kayak competitions on the South Wattuppa.
Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Rob Mellion tells WSAR News the area delegation needs to step up the pressure on the site selection committee.
Fall River State Representative Alan Silvia tells WSAR News whether the delegation even supports bringing the Olympics to Massachusetts will depend upon whether there is support for the south coast rail project.
A decision on whether Boston will host the Olympics is not expected until 2017.
The ''Boston Globe'' is reporting that Boston 2024 is set to assign summer Olympic sailing competitions to Buzzards Bay and New Bedford, which marks the first significant change under plans for various Olympic venues.
Boston 2024 administrators are set to make the official announcement at Fort Tabor, near the New Bedford waterfront.
The President and CEO of the Fall River Area Chamber Of Commerce and Industry, Rob Mellion:
Mellion says efforts to bring 2024 summer Olympic rowing events to Fall River continue.
Boston 2024 had wanted to stage sailing in Boston harbor, but was deterred because of shipping lanes and other issues with a proposed course.
Boston 2024 has indicated, according to the Globe, that it will have a more detailed budget for the games, and a new Olympic venue plan later this month.
Fall River City Councilor Pat Casey tells WSAR News a proposed city lottery might be one means to increase the amount of revenue that can be used for future municipal and school department budgets in Fall River.
Casey says it’s a point she raised in a one on one budget session with the Sutter administration:
Casey says revenue needs to be located to avoid layoffs that are proposed in this version of a Fall River municipal budget, along with future school department and municipal budgets.
Budget hearings begin on Fall River’s municipal budget later this month; the fiscal year for 2016 starts on July first.
Bristol Seventh District State Representative Alan Silvia tells WSAR News in his visits to senior centers and other community organizations in his district, he's finding little support for legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes:
Silvia says he has concerns about the great and general court having to fix legislation with mistakes that voters might approve in 2016 or 2017.
Colorado and Washington have approved recreational pot use, while the House and Senate in Rhode Island are looking at the issue for a second consecutive year.
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts will likely be asking you, the voter; whether or not you wish to see marijuana legalized for recreational use, as Colorado and Washington have done over the last year or so.
Bristol Plymouth First District State Senator Mike Rodrigues tells WSAR News he understands what Massachusetts Senate President, Stan Rosenberg, is trying to accomplish with a proposal for a 2016 non binding referendum.
Rodrigues wants lawmakers on to work on the issue of cannabis legalization.
For the second consecutive year, Rhode Island is looking at legalizing marijuana and creating a network of state sponsored stores that would sell legal pot.
The work of wading through a several inches thick budget book begins this week for the nine member Fall River City Council, with budget hearings beginning later this month, as the new fiscal year starts on the first day of July.
City Councilor Mike Miozza tells WSAR News the creation of sanitation fund that involves a ten dollar a unit fee for property owners will have to be approved by council as it was not delivered before May 1st as required by statue.
Councilor Leo Pelletier says the ongoing combined sewer overflow project and the need for a new BMC Durfee High School are costs that will need to be managed long term.
Councilor Linda Pereria is challenging those who think there is fat in the budget to find it and point it out.
Miozza says he’s been getting a lot of reaction regarding a ten dollar solid waste fee.
Miozza is the Co-Chair of a solid waste committee that will extend recommendations to the sixth floor this fall.
The city has asked various commonwealth and federal agencies for some relief regarding costs of the CSO project, while asking the MSBA for assistance with a new Durfee High School.
Fall River Mayor Sam Sutter is calling for a ten dollar fee per unit in Fall River, covering around 34-thousand households, in order to close a multi million dollar budget deficit and avoid significant layoffs in public safety and community maintenance.
Sutter says without a sanitation fund, cuts to city services would be dramatic.
Sutter says a sanitation fund will need to be approved by Council.
In regards to the budget, Sutter says net school spending numbers will be met.
Fall River City Council President Joe Camara and Councilor Jasiel Correia says they are not surprised by what is being proposed in the budget.
The 37-year old woman the Fall River Police Department suspects in the Saturday stabbing death of a 53-year old victim is being held on a half million dollar cash bail after being arraigned on counts of murder, and aggravated assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.
Adrienne Brown of the four hundred block of Third Street is accused of stabbing Brian Jones Saturday afternoon.
Brown turned herself in Monday morning and is due back in court for a probable cause hearing on June 29th.
Jones was pronounced dead at Saint Anne’s Hospital.
A frustrated Massachusetts Gaming Commission has given KG Urban Enterprises until June 9th to close a financial deal to fund a casino on New Bedford’s waterfront or the project will be eliminated from contention for the region "c" casino license.
Andrew Stern, the operating partner for KG Urban, acknowledging Thursday that it has yet to finalize its deal with the Pennsylvania-based Gaming and Leisure Properties Inc. but Stern tells NECN a deal is at hand.
While some on the commission were reluctant to grant one final extension to KG Urban Chairman Stephen Crosby tells NECN it's the right thing to do.
George Carney’s proposal for a casino at the Brockton fairgrounds is all wrapped up and if New Bedford cannot meet the June ninth deadline would be the sole applicant left for the casino license.
New Bedford has a referendum on the casino question scheduled for June 23rd.
A Fall River Task Force on Solid Waste and Recycling plans another public session in June, while it works towards sending recommendations to the Sutter administration in September on what the city could do regarding dealing with its solid waste.
Task Force Co Chair Dan Botelho tells WSAR News the idea of a transfer station that the city would own and operate would require bonding and a likely vote.
Botelho says no matter what the Sutter administration might select this fall, the public has to buy into it in order for it to be successful.