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West Springfield meets ahead of Monday casino forum

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The state gaming commission is holding the first of two public meetings on Monday in West Springfield.

Friday night the town council of West Springfield and its casino mitigation study committee met to prepare for the meeting.

"West Springfield is the most impacted community of all of them when it comes to the MGM casino," said Vice President of the Town Council Brian Griffin.

Griffin says it's important their voices are heard loud and clear on Monday at the public meeting being held by the state gaming commission.

"What with just a river in between us, at least 40 percent of the densely populated area of West Springfield is closer than those in Springfield," Griffin said. 

Friday night's meeting was held inside town hall to brainstorm points that need to be addressed on Monday - from traffic concerns to public safety and housing.

Opinions will be heard Monday from government officials and residents,  residents like Sue Laflamme who owns a small business in town.

"The quality of life and the quality of living in West Springfield is going to change drastically so if you own a small business or even a large business, it's going to effect that, it's going to effect traffic, it's going to effect our crime rate. I'm sure it'll go up," she said. 

MGM has designated West Springfield as a surrounding community, but a specific agreement is still in the works between the two.

"We encourage everybody to go out and speak whether you are in support of it or have concerns. This is an important opportunity," said Mayor of West Springfield Edward Sullivan. 

To participate in that meeting, you must send an email to mgcomments@state.ma.us with a "request to address commission" and your town or city name in the subject line. Presentations are limited to just five minutes.

That meeting begins at 4 p.m. on Monday at West Springfield Middle School.

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