Casino developers MGM and Mohegan Sun must negotiate with designated towns their casinos could potentially impact.
One of those towns is Wilbraham.
Now selectmen there are facing a number of questions as the casino process continues here in Western Mass.
"We're kind of at the beginning and we're running out of time because the end is right in front of us," said Chairman of the Wilbraham Board of Selectmen James Thompson.
Thompson says his small town is facing some big challenges in the casino process.
They're just one of the more than a dozen towns that are considered "surrounding communities" to both MGM and Mohegan Sun's proposals.
But this town is in a unique position.
"Wilbraham is between both the Mohegan Sun location and the MGM location, so we've got to negotiate potentially with two developers," Thompson said.
Now they're waiting on major reports from both of those developers before they can move on in their own process.
"It's going to be the whole gambit of issues we could be dealing with from traffic to socio-economic issues to pollution to water issues," Thompson said.
Both MGM and Mohegan Sun have responded to the surrounding community process in statements released earlier this fall.
"We have met with ... the chief executives, or their designees, in all of Springfield's abutting communities. We continue to work with them to advance the required studies to assess the impact of MGM Springfield on their communities," an MGM spokesperson said in a statement.
Mohegan echoed those feelings in a statement of their own.
"We look forward to establishing the same kind of relationships with cities and towns surrounding Palmer in the Quaboag Valley and Pioneer Valley regions, and are eager for productive discussions with each of them."
Small towns like Wilbraham could be allotted $15,000 to complete their own studies.
But Thompson says it could be too little too late.
"It is a system that, certainly for the communities, is flawed."
Casino developers must negotiate with surrounding communities by Dec. 31.
Thompson says they'll have to meet once a week to tackle these challenges.
Palmer must still vote on Mohegan Sun's proposal on Nov. 5.
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