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September 30, 2014

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Activist stirs the pot before tonight’s NLV council meeting

The fate of a pair of casinos projects in North Las Vegas will likely be decided tonight.

City Council will decide whether it will allow Boyd Gaming to move an already approved casino site near the downtown area to a new site at Interstate 215 and Losee Road. It also could approve another casino site near the Las Vegas Speedway.

The most vocal -- and only active -- resident’s group in the city is urging people to attend the meeting. Richard Cherchio, the leader of the North Las Vegas Alliance of Homeowners’ Associations and Concerned Citizens, sent an e-mail to more than 500 people earlier this week, suggesting that where casinos are built, aparments may follow.

His e-mail read in part:

"Whether you’re in favor of more local casinos or not, what we need to be aware of, as usual, is the future approval by council of MORE APARTMENTS, which as usual means more traffic and a heavier burden on our already overburdened services, in particular but not limited to police and code enforcement." 

Apartments have been a major issue in North Las Vegas over the past six months. Earlier this year residents stuffed council chambers protesting apartment complexes planned for near Deer Springs Road just south of the 215 in Aliante.

The meeting is at North Las Vegas City Hall at 6 p.m.

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