Wood County Commission scraps video lottery ordinance

Updated: Jun. 3, 2021 at 3:53 PM EDT
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PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - At least for the time being, Wood County is doing away with its ordinance regulating video lottery businesses.

Prosecutor Pat Lefebure Thursday told the county commission the commissioners could either remove the ordinance or substantially change it.

Lefebure said he studied other counties’ regulations. Some of equal size to Wood County have ordinances while others don’t.

The move comes after several months of discussions over requests from business owners, particularly in the city of Williamstown.

One resident of that city says she’s concerned about hte personal effects of gambling.

”Have we not seen the billboards around our community that say, ‘Gambling? Addiction? Call for help,” Elizabeth Fordyce said’. “I personally know people who don’t.”

In March, the commission, for the first time, reversed a previous decision to grant a variance, or exception, allowing an owner to start a video lottery business near Williamstown.’

The cities of Parkersburg, Vienna and Williamstown have their own video lottery ordinances, according to Lefebure, and West Virginia has its own video lottery regulations.

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