Bridgewater: Surrounding community agreement finally signed

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Bridgewater has completed and signed a surrounding community agreement with Raynham Park LLC, making it the last town to do so.

Town Manager Michael Dutton said the deadline for the agreement was originally last Tuesday at midnight. “We did negotiate back and forth with Raynham Park through the night,” he said, “Close to midnight we both concluded that we should file a notice of arbitration just to make sure that the Commission knew that there was a possibility that we’d have to arbitrate.”

Dutton added that despite the notice, they have continued negotiations and finally came to an agreement yesterday.

The agreement includes $150,000 annually to Bridgewater with 2.5% increases.

Dutton added that the Massachusetts Gaming Commission could not choose a site for the slots facility until this agreement was finalized. “Before the Commission can make a decision, 30 days has to elapse from the close of the respective hearings for each applicant,” he said, “As far as I know they’ve closed the hearing on the other two applicants, and they’re just waiting on us before they can close the hearing on Raynham Park.”

Dutton added that the agreement also includes unique language for the regional school district issue, such as that Raynham Park would help Bridgewater secure Gaming Commission mitigation funds if and when Raynham’s host community agreement begins to affect the school assessments.

About Samantha Tracey

Samantha Tracey graduated from Salem State University in 2013 with a degree in Journalism. She has been reporting on local issues in a variety of towns: Bridgewater, Abington, Carver, Weymouth, East Bridgewater, Hanson, Halifax, etc. She says growing up on the South Shore has made it interesting now to be covering news in such familiar places.