City re-approves Ho-Chunk agreement

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BELOIT - The Beloit City Council re-approved an intergovernmental agreement between with Ho-Chunk Nation for the casino in resort plan currently under review at Monday's council meeting.

The agreement marks the second amendment to the agreement, drafted in 2012 and re-approved in 2015.

The administrative item covered the impending expiration of the 2012 document on March 26 of this year.

The nation's casino and resort proposal is currently under review and evaluation by the U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Indian Affairs.

The newest agreement is expected to cover the needed federal and state review time frame.

The tribe's plan for a $405.5 million casino-resort development for near Interstate 39/90 at Willowbrook and Colley roads will be reviewed by the Department of the Interior's Bureau of Indian Affairs this year, with publication in the federal register by the first quarter of 2018, according to project officials.

The listing in the federal register would be key for the project, set to be followed by a public hearing. Officials estimate the public hearing could be held in the second quarter of 2018, officials speculate.

Tribe officials said Beloit could see 1,500 added jobs, a 300-room hotel and 2,200 slots plus 50 table games in the casino, according to the project's most recent plan.

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