GROVE - Chief Paul Spicer said the Seneca-Cayuga Tribe's relationship with the City of Grove goes back not only decades but through generations filled with helping one another.
The latest tribal venture, a $60 million casino along the shoreline of Grand Lake in Grove, would be “magnificent” compared to what has been done in the past, the chief told city council members.
Phase I includes construction of a casino with a 127-room hotel on U.S. Highway 59 next to the present Stonebrook Inn motel, according to plans shown to city leaders.
Plans for the second phase include building a convention center, Spicer said.
Three restaurants are planned, he said, one with a sports bar atmosphere, another with a 200-seat, buffet-style arrangement and a third caters to fine dining.
Labor to construct the facility hopefully will come from the local workforce in Delaware and Ottawa counties, he added.
Spicer estimated that the 100,000- square-foot casino complex, situated on 30 acres of lakefront property would employee about 450 people at its estimated completion date in the summer of 2008.
The chief said the tribe is looking forward to working with the new city manager when one is hired in Grove to formulate plans that include cross deputizing police officers and firefighters.
The Seneca-Cayuga's “go overboard” when working with the Environmental Protection Agency because being the “keeper of the earth is a matter we take seriously,” Spicer said. He said entertainment facilities are basically non-polluting structures.
The land purchased in March, situated in the flowage easement of Grand Lake according to county maps, would require permits from the Grand River Dam Authority as well as the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for construction of a five-story casino complex at the water's edge as the artist's rendering depicted.
Sandra Kingston, a Seneca-Cayuga tribal member from Miami, addressed the council with a word of caution regarding casino plans.
“We have a government too. Things have to be put on an agenda. The tribe has many things to do,” Sandra Kingston said.
According to Kingston, the Seneca-Cayuga tribal members have not given their formal blessing for the casino to be built in Grove. Annually, the tribal council meets the first Saturday in June and that is when tribal members vote on business at hand.