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August 13, 2013

Ridgeley officials adopt video lottery limits

RIDGELEY, W.Va. — Without much discussion of a subject that has caused a lot of talk, the Ridgeley Town Council unanimously adopted an ordinance that allows no more than 35 video lottery machines within the town limits. The vote took place at Tuesday’s town council meeting.
The ordinance was developed after residents and council members voiced concerns about the proposed Canal Hotspot, a tavern that plans to have five video lottery machines. The Canal Hotspot would bring the total number of video lottery machines in town to 35. 
The ordinance also states that the town will not allow “new establishments to have any video lottery machines.”
The ordinance will not affect Canal Hotspot, Mayor Lynn Carr said, since that establishment’s five machines will bring the town total to 35. The West Virginia Lottery Commission OK’d the proposed ordinance, said Carr. There is one caveat though, should state law change and be in conflict with Ridgeley’s ordinance, the town would have to amend its ordinance. 
For instance, if the state permitted each current establishment with lottery machines to increase the number of machines to seven each, the town would have no choice but to allow the change. The state, though, does recommend that municipalities be limited to 35 video lottery machines, Carr has said.
Councilman Don McFarland was not present at the Tuesday meeting. He had cast the only vote against doing more research on the ordinance at a July council meeting.
Businesses or organizations wishing to have video lottery machines must first obtain permission from the West Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control Administration. The video lottery machines must then be approved by the council and town through correspondence and meetings, according to the ordinance.
The ABCA issued the Canal Hotspot a Class A/tavern nonintoxicating-beer-only license with restrictions in June.

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