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Merrimack Valley

August 18, 2013

Cashing in

Economics play a big hand in casino vote


Andover Fire Chief Mike Mansfield has spent some time calling communities neighboring casinos, elsewhere to see how police and fire calls have been affected. The response has been mixed, from minimal to much greater impact, depending on demographics.

From July 2012 to this past June, Andover responded to 24 mutual aid calls in Tewksbury, Mansfield said, which is half the number it does in North Andover. Only seven mutual aid calls were made in Lawrence during the same period.

Mansfield said he is prepared to start commissioning studies and compiling more data if the casino proposal advances on Tuesday.

Andover police Commander Charles Heseltine, meanwhile, said his department’s initial concerns are with traffic, because everything else is “in the beginning planning phases.”

“We’re going to try to work with everybody and get the answers,” he said. “We don’t have all that yet.”

Tuesday’s special Town Meeting in Tewksbury starts at 7 p.m. at Tewksbury Memorial High School. A non-voter section will be available for non-residents.

For the latest updates on the casino proposal and how Tewksbury residents vote Tuesday night, follow @DustinLuca on Twitter.

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