Archive for Wednesday, June 13, 2001

Tribe takes steps toward casino

June 13, 2001

A spokesman for a casino-management group said the Delaware Tribe of Indians still has its eye on Leavenworth County.

"Fred Gillmann is working with the Delaware Tribe and has found a piece of property that they are very interested in," said John Welsh, administrative assistant at the San Diego-based Gillmann Group, owned by Fred Gillman. "They're in the process of wanting to secure the land and we have yet to get the final negotiations over with."

He declined to specify a location.

Bill Hooker, Basehor mayor, believes the land may be located in Leavenworth County, near Basehor but outside of the city limits.

"They're interested, yes," Hooker said. "They definitely want to locate in the Basehor area, they made that very clear."

But Hooker said, he didn't believe the Basehor City Council would be pursuing the tribe.

"We met with them and we talked," Hooker said. "We took a straw vote of the council members and it was unanimous that we were not interested in talking with them any further at this time."

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