November 19, 2007
STATE OF MICHIGAN
MICHIGAN GAMING CONTROL BOARD
3062 W. Grand Blvd., Suite L-700
Monday, November 19, 2007
On Monday, November 19, 2007, the Michigan Gaming Control Board held a public meeting at the Board office in the Cadillac Place, 3062 W. Grand Blvd., Suite L-700, Detroit, MI.
Present: In attendance were the following Board members:
Mr. Damian Kassab, Chairman
Mr. Donald Robinson
Ms. Barbara Rom
Also attending were:
Insp. Ellis Stafford
Board Chairman Damian Kassab called the staff briefing of the public meeting to order at 10:03 a.m. Chairman Kassab noted for the record that Judge Friedman was not present due to a medical condition. Chairman Kassab asked Executive Director Rick Kalm if there was any preliminary business to discuss.
There being no preliminary business to discuss, Chairman Kassab stated that the first order of business was to approve the minutes from the October 22, 2007 regular public meeting. Chairman Kassab noted that all Board members had previously received the minutes, and asked if there were any questions or concerns.
It was moved and seconded that the minutes of the October 22, 2007 meeting be approved.
Next Mr. Kalm presented the Executive Director's report. Mr. Kalm advised the Board that there have been no staffing changes since the last Board meeting. He further advised that the interview and selection process was ongoing for the remaining 11 vacant positions.
In regards to the Board's budget, Mr. Kalm reported that for fiscal year 2008, from October 1, 2006 through October 31, 2007, the Board has incurred total expenditures of $250,767 leaving the unexpended balance of $20,012,233 in appropriated funding for FY 2008, which includes funds for anticipated expenditures by the Attorney General's Office and the Michigan State Police.
Mr. Kalm next reported that the casinos continue to operate 24/7 and for October 2007, the aggregate revenue in taxes for all three Detroit casinos was up by 14.92 percent and the gaming taxes were 14,306 million compared to 12.448 million for the same period last year.
Mr. Kalm further advised the Board that MGM opened their permanent casino/hotel complex to the public on October 3, 2007. MGM's adjusted gaming revenue for only 29 days of October rose to a record high of $54.9 million, since inception of gaming in Detroit.
In regards to employee licensing, Mr. Kalm advised the Board that the required background investigations for 177 pending Level 1 and 2 licenses had been completed and would be considered for approval by the Board at today's meeting. He further noted that pursuant to Board Resolution No. 2006-03, 231 level 1 and 2 occupational license renewal requests were approved on behalf of the Board.
Next Mr. Kalm reported on the MSP Board related activity for the month of October. He stated that with the return of D/Spl. Brad Cox from 18 months military deployment in Iraq, MSP is now fully staffed. He further stated that during the month of October 2007 the MSP Gaming Section investigated 70 criminal complaints and made 23 arrests.
Upon conclusion of Mr. Kalm's report, the Board considered the recommendations of the Executive Director and the Licensing Division's staff regarding the 177 Level 1 and 2 occupational license applications.
It was moved by Mr. Robinson and seconded by Ms. Rom to accept the recommendations of the Executive Director and the Licensing Division's staff for the 177 Level 1 and 2 occupational license applications. A voice vote was taken.
Next the Board considered the Executive Director's Reports and Licensing Division's staff recommendations regarding the pending supplier license applications of Glenn Rieder, Inc., John E. Green Company, MacKellar Associates, Inc., Northern Lakes Seafood and Meats, L.L.C., The Stroud Group, Inc. and Tom Maceri & Son, Inc.
There being no questions from Board members, it was moved by Ms. Rom and seconded by Mr. Robinson that the Board enter orders finding and concluding that Glenn Rieder, Inc., John E. Green Company, MacKellar Associates, Inc., Northern Lakes Seafood and Meats, L.L.C., The Stroud Group, Inc. and Tom Maceri & Son, Inc., and their qualifiers are eligible and suitable for licensure under the licensing standards and requirements of the Act and Rules of the Board. A voice vote was taken.
Next the Board considered the Executive Director's Reports and Licensing Division's staff recommendations regarding the pending supplier license renewal applications of 538274 Ontario Limited and Cummins-Allison Corporation.
Again, there being no questions from Board members, it was moved by Mr. Robinson and seconded by Ms. Rom that the Board enter orders granting the requests of 538274 Ontario Limited and Cummins-Allison Corporation for the renewal of their annual supplier license for a new one-year period beginning November 19, 2007. A voice vote was taken.
The next agenda item considered by the Board was the Executive Director's Report and the Licensing Division's staff recommendation regarding the request of Jim Waldron Pontiac-Buick-GMC Truck, Inc. to withdraw its supplier license application.
After Chairman Kassab noted for the record that there was no representative for the applicant present at the meeting, it was moved by Ms. Rom and seconded by Mr. Robinson that the Board enter an order granting the request of Jim Waldron Pontiac-Buick-GMC Truck, Inc. for withdrawal of its supplier license application. A voice vote was taken.
The Board next considered the Consent Order of Occupational License Revocation of Patricia T. Michno.
Chairman Kassab invited First Assistant Attorney General Don McGehee to give a brief overview of the case. He also noted for the record that neither Ms. Michno nor her representative was present at the meeting.
Upon conclusion of Mr. McGehee's comments, it was moved by Mr. Robinson and seconded by Ms. Rom that the Board enter a final decision and order in the matter of the revocation of Patricia T. Michno's occupational license, accepting and adopting the Consent Order in the matter in its entirety and revoking Patricia T. Michno's occupational license. A voice vote was taken.
Next Chairman Kassab requested a motion to go into closed session.
Therefore, it was moved by Ms. Rom and seconded by Mr. Robinson, that the Board go into closed session immediately following the conclusion of the public meeting for the purpose of receiving legal advice and counsel from the Board's attorney regarding pending Board litigation, and receiving confidential notification regarding the names of the individuals placed on the Board's Dissociated Persons List since the Board's last public meeting as required by the Act. A roll call vote was taken.
Chairman Kassab: Aye
Mr. Robinson: Aye
Ms. Rom: Aye
There being no public comments, Chairman Kassab adjourned the meeting at 7 a.m.