From the Havre de Grace Record. . .
During his council report, Councilman Kevin Morton mentioned he would be attending the March 3 meeting of Cecil County’s local development council, which was created to oversee the disbursement of the local share of gambling revenue from the Hollywood Casino Perryville.
Based on his reading of the agenda for that meeting, Morton said, it looks like the council will approve the town of Perryville’s spending plan, which in turn prompted a lengthy discussion among the mayor and other council members.
Councilwoman Judy Leonard said Main Street in Port Deposit is listed on the Hollywood Casino’s web site as a route to the casino, making nearby Port Deposit immediately affected and entitled to funds.
Morton said his biggest concern is the local council will support funding for outlying areas before supporting Port Deposit, which is close to the casino.
Morton Cecil County is expected to include many things in its plan, such as road improvements, but that Port Deposit may not have equal access to that designated money. On Tuesday, the Cecil County Commissioners decided to hold off on final approval of their plan, citing ongoing negotiations with casino owner Penn National Gaming.
“To say that they’re going to include us in their plan is not saying that Port Deposit is going to have access to any of them,” Morton said the casino funds.