Foxborough: Vote by selectmen takes casino off the table

More than 700 Mass residents attended the Foxborough Selectmen’s meeting Tuesday night because of an issue that is rapidly dividing communities: a proposed casino on Route 1.

Audience members, like Michele Paluzzi, expressed their concerns to selectmen that gambling in Foxborough could lead to increased traffic, low-income jobs, and crime, “There is no amount of money worth excepting when it becomes a town you no longer want to live in and can no longer sell to get out of.”

In 2004, the town voted to ban gaming. In order for a casino to be built by Steve Wynn and Patriots owner Bob Kraft, a special town meeting must be held to change zoning and general bylaws.

However, in a 3-2 vote, selectmen agreed to send a letter to Governor Patrick and the Mass Gaming Commission stating that Foxborough does not want to be considered a host community for a casino and will not enter negotiation with proposed applicant, Steve Wynn, at this time.

The controversial issue may be temporarily over, however heightened emotions and allegations may leave a permanent scar on the board of selectmen. Selectman Mark Sullivan confronted Selectman Lorraine Brue during the meeting about recent remarks made to local media in connection with threats against Brue, “You want me to sit up here and work with you? You wonder why I don’t e-mail you; the one time I sent you a text message I was being interviewed by the police department.”

Selectman Brue responded by stating, “You are wrong in your assumption of me accusing you of being in anyway involved with the threat against my family.”

However the two Foxborough selectmen did agree on ending community warfare by voting against moving forward with the casino proposal. Wynn and Kraft can come back with a request because selectmen did not make a binding vote.

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With a Bachelor’s Degree in American Studies from the University of Massachusetts-Boston under her belt, Trisha McNeilly joins us full-time as a general assignment and breaking news reporter having previously interned for WBZ-1030 AM in Boston. A South Shore resident her whole life, McNeilly grew up in Pembroke and is 22-years old.