1. Mohegan Sun to use Pioneer Valley Planning Commission in negotiations with surrounding communities to its proposed Palmer resort casino

    Mohegan Sun to use Pioneer Valley Planning Commission in negotiations with surrounding communities to its proposed Palmer resort casino

    Mohegan Sun plans to use the services of the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission to help negotiate with communities surrounding its proposed resort casino and water park project off Thorndike Street (Route 32) in Palmer. Mohegan representatives met with the Massachusetts Gaming Commission and Pioneer Valley Planning Commission officials on Thursday in a closed meeting. The exact details of the agreement between the Connecticut casino operator and the Springfield-based planning commission are still being finalized.

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    1. This was a meeting to work out details of an arrangement. There will be ample time to negotiate.
    2. This lack of transparency to the residents of all surrounding communities in developing this plan is of great concern.
    3. The Monson Board of Selectmen is committed to maintaining transparency as to what actions it takes on behalf of the people of Monson and remains committed to responsibly representing the interests of the people of Monson.
    4. They (the companies) should have been seeking us.
    5. We feel confident that our approach has been transparent and proactive. Currently, we are coordinating with individual communities to advance required impact studies to assess the effect our proposal could have on a particular community.
    6. So far, there is not an awful lot of contact from the companies.
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