Still no public safety deal ahead of casino debut

Emmett Township, Michigan (AP) 7-09

Township supervisor Gene Adkins says efforts to get public safety agreements in place “have hit a last-minute snag” ahead of next month’s planned opening of a new casino near Battle Creek.

But tribal spokeswoman Donna Halinski said July 10 the agreement is not needed before the casino opens.

The township board postponed approval for the second time on a cross-deputization agreement between the township public safety department and the Huron Potawatomi police department.

The contract would deputize tribal police to act with authority on township property. Without the agreement, tribal police couldn’t leave the casino grounds in pursuit of criminals.

The 107,000-square-foot FireKeepers Casino about 60 miles south-southeast of Grand Rapids will be Michigan’s newest gambling establishment.