Brookville, PA – Brookville has opted out of the borough’s chance of hosting a Category 4 Casino under Pennsylvania’s statewide gaming expansion.

Council weighed the option for several weeks before making a decision. Dave Ferringer cast the lone no vote citing the borough’s decline in population, loss of $100,000 in annual block grant funding and the need to attract additional revenue and jobs.

Council heard comments from three more residents – Sandy Snyder, Vicki Brown and Paul Brown – all voicing their opposition to gambling, due to the problems it causes with addiction.

Solicitor Jim Dennison advised that three entities have filed appeals to their real estate assessments. Included is WRC Senior Services for its Laurelbrooke Landing’s Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing Complex, claiming its charitable status should make it tax-exempt. The other sites are seeking tax reductions, including Miller Welding on Second Street and the Taylor Property on Main Street downtown that houses In-Home Solutions.

Council thanked long-time President John Blazosky and member Clarinda Darr for their years of service to the borough. Both lost re-election bids and attended their final meeting.

In other business, Council adopted a resolution approving a liquor license transfer from Henderson Township to the Truck Stops of America on Allegheny Boulevard.

Council also approved the resignation of Kyle Zents as the borough’s volunteer emergency management coordinator. Zents cited other time and work commitments. Todd Gumpher was approved to fill the seat. Also approved was Dave Love to a new five-year seat on the Brookville Municipal Authority.

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