PLAINVILLE — Two neighboring communities will likely be getting sizeable grants for public security upgrades, state gaming authorities have determined.
North Attleboro will obtain $100,000 to review the impression Plainridge Park On line casino has had on site visitors on Kelley Boulevard and Mansfield will get $45,000 to coach its police division on the ideas of “inclusion, variety and sensitivity.”
The Massachusetts Gaming Fee accredited the funding at its Thursday assembly. The grants come from the fee’s Neighborhood Mitigation Fund.
In its request for funding, North Attleboro identified that Kelley Boulevard (Route 152) is a significant hall by way of the city for about two miles. It runs from Attleboro within the south to Plainville within the north, the place it intersects with Route 1, simply south of the doorway to Plainridge.
Plainridge’s personal site visitors monitoring program performed a baseline research simply earlier than the opening of the on line casino and did follow-up research yearly for 4 years. The primary research, performed after the opening of Plainridge in 2015, confirmed site visitors on the common weekday on Route 152 elevated from 19,560 to 22,410 autos per day.
North Attleboro says it is going to be conducting a site visitors survey as a part of the city’s grasp plan replace and can rent an outdoor agency to do it.
In recommending the grant for Mansfield, the Gaming Fee’s ombudsman stated “given Mansfield’s proximity to (Plainridge), it’s affordable to conclude that the Mansfield Police Division would doubtless are available contact with both patrons or staff of (the on line casino) of their common duties. As well as, the 2021 Neighborhood Mitigation Fund Pointers particularly recognized public security coaching as an eligible value.”
Since 2015, the MGC has issued about $28 million in funding to advance wants in transportation, neighborhood planning, workforce growth and public security for municipalities and authorities entities within the neighborhood of the casinos. Each Mansfield and North Attleboro have “surrounding neighborhood agreements” with Plainridge, designating them as prone to be impacted by the on line casino.
Earlier this yr, Plainville obtained $95,000 to buy a transport van together with an informational information assortment signboard and trailer to ransport site visitors management tools.
Foxboro was granted $81,000 for personnel coaching and tools.