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Holyoke still talking casino

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Even though the deadline to apply for the Western Mass casino license is Tuesday, some in Holyoke aren't giving up hope gaming will land in their city.

Monday night the city council committee on redevelopment had a meeting at the Picknelly Transportation Center on Maple Street.

Even though Mayor Alex Morse says he doesn't want a casino in his city, the committee wants to have a public hearing so residents can see any legitimate proposals.

Some Holyoke councilors aren't counting out the fact that any of the Western Mass communities with proposals could vote no to hosting a casino.

They're hoping interested developers will pay the $400,000 non-refundable fee to apply by the Jan. 15 deadline.

They say no matter where you stand on the issue the people should have their say.

"Most of us are not committed to casino gaming but many of us just want to hear the proposals and get it out there so we can make a community decision on this," said City Council Member Joseph McGiverin."

McGiverin is hoping to have an open casino forum at Holyoke High School at a later date.

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