November 3, 2017
An agreement has been made between the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors and the Redwood Valley-Calpella Fire District and the Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Indians. There will be a mitigation for the plan for the tribe to move their casino to an off reservation location. The tribe is hoping to do this in order to expand their casino.
The Memorandum of Understanding has been amended by the three groups. Previously the tribe had tried to develop a different project however it was neve completed. This was due to the 2007 recession. However the tribe had continued to meet their obligations from the agreement that was originally made.
The original agreement was made on October 16, 2007. On June 07, 2012 the agreement was amended by letter. Since that time, representatives from the tribe have been meeting with supervisors John McCowen and Carre Brown.
Payments will be made to the county under the new agreement. The money will be used to help with any impacts that the new casino could make on the area. It will also help hire one Redwood Valley-Calpella Fire District full-time staff level firefighter. As well as maintain the tribal police department.
The current location of the casino will be developed into low income housing with 50 units. The existing water, wastewater, and other infrastructure systems will also be improved after the casino relocates.
Mid 2018 is when the casino is scheduled to open.
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