Wright Board Moves To Prohibit Small Casinos Within Township

In a split vote at its Dec. 11 meeting, the Wright Township Board of Supervisors moved to prohibit small casinos from being constructed or operating in the boundaries of the township. The motion passed with supervisors Jerome Uram, Louis Welebob Jr., and Colleen Macko in favor. Supervisors Michael Marshall and Donald Zampetti cast dissenting votes.

The idea of putting the prohibition of casinos to a vote came when, recently, the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors relayed information that a new law was passed to allow mini casinos –or those that would house 300 to 750 slot machines and table games –in townships such as Wright. Within that law, supervisors have until Dec. 31 of this year to pass a resolution that they do not want such casinos in their townships; after that date, if no resolution is passed, supervisors lose the authority to stop casinos from being built in their townships.

Supervisor Uram helped the motion pass in his final vote as a Wright Township supervisor. Uram decided not to seek reelection after 12 years on the board and was praised at his last meeting. “He’s done an outstanding job for the township. The input he’s given us has been invaluable,” Chairman Welebob stated. Turning to Uram, Welebob thanked him for his service and added, “We appreciate the 12 years you have given us.”

In other business, the Wright Township Volunteer Fire Department handled 25 incidents in November, reported Marshall. These included several structure fires, several motor-vehicle accidents, and a few fire alarms. Routine maintenance was conducted on the fire apparatus and equipment last month, he said, and training continues twice a week for members of the fire department.

The department’s annual fund drive letter was sent out and it relies heavily on the donations raised to continue to upgrade and maintain the fire equipment, Marshall related.