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December 17, 2012

Salem selectmen endorse casino referendum


“I have no problem with it if the people of Salem want it at Rockingham Park,” Selectman Stephen Campbell said.

The proposal also received support last night from NH Casino Now representative and Salem businessman Larry Belair. His group sponsored a public forum on casino gambling in October.

“We’re here to make sure the community support is here to get it done,” Belair said. None of the approximately 15 people in the audience opposed the plan.

Callahan has said Rockingham Park would pay the several thousand dollars needed to hold the referendum.

“The town’s residents should not have to bear the cost of that,” he said.

Selectmen opened the meeting with a moment of silence in memory of the 26 people, including 20 children, slain Friday at a Connecticut school. Also, the board honored Chief Building Official Sam Zannini, who is retiring Dec. 31 after working for the town for 35 years.

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