Slot machines at Point Edward's Starlight Casino. November 28, 2018. (Photo by Colin Gowdy, BlackburnNews)

Council to decide on Hiawatha slots return May 27

Sarnia council is to make a decision by month’s end on the return of slot machines at Hiawatha Horse Park and Entertainment Centre.

Officials from the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation and Gateway Casinos will be at council’s meeting on May 27.

City Clerk Dianne Gould-Brown said they’ll answer questions from the public and councillors before council decides whether or not to approve a gaming facility at the London Line site that will include, but is not limited to, slot machines.

“There will be a public meeting at 5 p.m. and if anyone is wishing to speak at the public meeting, we’re asking them to register with the clerk’s office,” said Gould-Brown.

Those wishing to speak have until noon May 22 to register by calling the clerks office at 519-332-0330 ext. 3263 or by emailing clerks@sarnia.ca

The Doug Ford government reached an agreement in principle with Gateway — the owner/operator of Point Edward’s Starlight Casino — to reestablish slot machines last October.

The city will earn 5.25 per cent of the first $65 million generated from the slots. The number drops to 2.5 to 3.5 per cent on the next $435 million, then down to 0.5 per cent once revenue reaches $500 million.

There were 450 slots at the racetrack before the Slots at Racetracks program was cancelled by the previous Liberal government six years ago.