On May 13th, 2009, Selectmen have changed their decision to prohibit a keno monitor in the 7-Eleven in the downtown area in the Main Street, deciding to permit with reservations the numbers gaming machine in the 7-Eleven convenience store. The deciding factor appeared to be the knowledge that Mimi's Variety, a convenience store located about five hundred feet down the road, already has keno monitor in their store.
Selectman Al DeNapoli said that if he had his way, he would not allow any convenience store to feature a keno monitor. He added that a keno monitor tends to affect the overall character of a store. DeNapoli said that the main concern of the board is loitering. However, DeNapoli stated that Police Chief Richard Still assured the Selectmen that loitering would not be an issue considering that 7-Eleven would not place chairs for keno players and gamers wishing to play for a substantial amount of time would likely choose to go to one of the bars in the area that offers keno.
Police Chief Stillman also said to the board that when 7-Eleven did have loiterers, they were kids coming out of school, not gaming customers. DeNapoli said that he inclined to vote in favor of the keno monitor application with some reservations. It was a unanimous vote with a condition that 7-Eleven must come before the board for a yearly review.
The Selectmen initially denied the proposal of 7-Eleven after the store was given permission by the Massachusetts Lottery to have a keno monitor a few months ago. 7-Eleven's lawyer, Bruce Norwell, stated that he did not have any problem with yearly compliance evaluations, saying that loitering and any other related issues should not be a big problem.
Norwell said that the Massachusetts Lottery Commission enforces strict regulations in such issues and encourages stores to cooperate with its town.
John M. Thorpe