BROOKVILLE — The Brookville Borough Council wants to hear from residents about the possibility of a casino in Brookville.

Act 42 of 2017 created the most significant expansion of gambling in Pennsylvania since casinos were first allowed more than a decade ago by creating the new designation of “mini-casino.” This act authorizes mini-casinos to be erected in the state of Pennsylvania.

If the borough does not wish to be considered for a mini-casino, it may opt out. To do so the borough must notify the state by the end of December.

Council members Karen Allegeier and Dave Ferringer agreed that they didn’t want to limit access to a business that may create jobs in the borough.

Councilman Bill Kutz said he would like to see what other boroughs in the area are doing. He also asked Police Chief Jason Brown what he thought.

“Casinos will have their own security, their own cameras. They police their operations very well,” Brown said.

Code Enforcement Officer Donald Jonischek, a former State Police officer, said “You generally don’t have many problems, and they can be very beneficial to a community in terms of taxes and jobs.”

Council president John Blazosky said he would like to hear from some of the residents before making a decision.

Council will vote on a resolution opting out of the process in December.

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