The Bristol Village Board on Monday deferred action on a proposed resolution supporting the approval of a Menominee tribal casino in Kenosha.
Such resolutions have been making the rounds of Western Kenosha County municipalities. Randall passed one last month and Salem passed one Monday. Silver Lake also will consider a similar resolution Wednesday evening.
The casino and entertainment complex is proposed for the site of the closed Dairyland Greyhound Park. It has received federal approval and now awaits approval by Gov. Scott Walker.
Bristol did not take action on a resolution of support, opting instead to wait for a meeting where there was a full board (Trustee Ruth Atwood was absent Monday). But limited discussion showed a range of opinions on the matter.
President Mike Farrell distributed a list he developed of pros and cons of the casino project that he shared with board members.
“I tired to remove personal opinion…,” Farrell said of his list. He also said he would favor the casino being approved.
Some other board members were less emphatic with their comments.
Trustee Colleen Fisch advocated taking a long view in considering the endorsement of the casino project.
“What are the long term effects on the community?” Fisch asked.
Trustee Carolyn Owens was opposed to even considering the resolution as an intrusion by the county government.
“I don’t think it belongs on the agenda at this time or any other time,” Owens said. “The people of this state have elected the governor to do a job, and if he doesn’t do a job then he wont be re-elected.”
One audience member, Joe Petersen, also asked to speak on the issue. He told a personal anecdote involving someone he knew who lost a considerable amount of money to a gambling addiction. He asked the board to not support the casino project.
“Gambling has a terrible effect on communities,” Petersen said “Some people get jobs, but others are experiencing tremendous loss. I would urge this board not to support a resolution like this.”