George W. Davis

GREEN: A group opposed to a racino locating in Green has launched a petition drive to ban any gambling in the city except for nonprofit groups.

Concerned Citizens Against Casinos must obtain at least 901 valid signatures of registered voters in Green to submit its ballot initiative.

Resident Desmond Wertheimer told City Council at Tuesday nightís meeting that the petitions must be filed with the Summit County Board of Elections no later than Sept. 7 to meet the boardís 60-day deadline before the Nov. 6 general election.

To make the deadline, City Council would have to receive the petition and create legislation for passage at councilís Aug. 14 or Aug. 28 meeting.

The petition says no casino gaming, horse racing, scheme of chance, game of chance or gambling device shall be allowed or operated in Green, except for nonprofit charitable purposes as authorized by state law or city ordinance.

Wertheimer and attorney David Mucklow are listed as the committee to represent petitioners in all matters relating to the petition and its circulation.

Rock Ohio Caesars inked a deal with the state in early June allowing the track to relocate from North Randall in suburban Cleveland to a yet-to-be-named location within a 12-mile radius of the Akron-Canton Airport. Rock Ohio, which operates Horseshoe Casino Cleveland, is a partnership of Rock Gaming and Caesars Entertainment.

The company says itís looking along the Interstate 77 corridor, and last year had talks with Green and airport officials about an 80-acre parcel owned by the airport along Greensburg Road.

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