The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission met on Thursday, July 13, 2017 at Prairie Meadows Race Track and Casino. Commission members present were as follows: Richard Arnold, Chair, Kris Kramer, Vice Chair; and members Carl Heinrich, Jeff Lamberti and Dolores Mertz.
Chair Arnold called the meeting to order at 8:30 AM on Thursday, July 13, 2017. Chair Arnold, on behalf of the IRGC Commissioners, extended a welcome to all present at the meeting.
APPROVE AGENDA: Chair Arnold requested a motion to approve the meeting agenda as presented. Commissioner Mertz moved to approve the agenda, seconded by Commissioner Heinrich, which carried unanimously.
APPROVE MINUTES: Chair Arnold requested a motion to approve the minutes from the June 14-15, 2017 meeting. Commissioner Heinrich moved to approve the minutes, seconded by Commissioner Kramer, which carried unanimously.
ANNOUNCEMENTS: Brian Ohorilko, Administrator of Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission stated the next commission meeting will be on August 24, 2017 at Riverside Casino and Golf Resort. Mr. Ohorilko specified any agenda items submitted are due in the commission office on August 10, 2017. There will be a special meeting on Tuesday, September 26, 2107, dedicated to the Linn County application process. There will be site visits in the morning, followed by public comment in the afternoon and a question & answer session with commissioners. Mr. Ohorilko confirmed the next commission meeting will be on October 12, 2017 at Emmetsburg Wild Rose Casino & Resort, with the final meeting of the year on November 16, 2017 at Dubuque Diamond Jo Casino.
Mr. Ohorilko recognized commission staff present recording minutes today for Julie Herrick is Linda Sample, Licensing Assistant at Prairie Meadows Race Track and Casino. Mr. Ohorilko expressed appreciation for Linda’s work on behalf of the Commission.
RESOLUTION FOR IOWA STATEWIDE AND LIFETIME SELF-EXCLUDED PERSONS: Commissioner Kramer, who served on the sub-committee, stated the committee was formed to review the proposal of the voluntary self-exclusion resolution by the IGA members. The IRGC committee met with members of the IGA, met with IRGC counsel, and reviewed material from other gaming jurisdictions with voluntary exclusion programs. They discussed the matter in depth.
The committee does believe that the public policy in the senate file 99F.4.22 would call for a change in resolution.
The committee believes the industry has the continued responsibility to strive to implement the best practices.
The committee is recommending a two tier approach for handling potential violations of the present self-exclusion resolution. In instances where the individual is currently on a statewide exclusion list and initiates contact with the property like attempting to gamble, participating in a marketing contest, attempting to obtain a players card, the incident will be reviewed by the gaming board. In instances where the facility initiates contact with the individual on the statewide exclusion list such as sending marketing material to someone on the list, the incident will be reviewed by the commission. Specifically, the committee is recommending the violations paragraph number 2 and 3 on the present resolution are managed by referral to the gaming board. The violations of paragraph number 1 and number 4 will be referred to the commission with a penalty range of $5,000 to $20,000 to be decided by the commission at the hearing. The committee is also recommending that items 2A and number 2B be aggregate transactions in a gaming day and not just a single transaction. The committee has also recommended the names be removed on the license controlled marketing mailing list no longer than 90 days after enrollment in the statewide program instead 100 days.
Chair Arnold requested any questions or comments. Commissioner Lamberti conveyed his appreciation to the committee for their review of all the information, their recommendations and reaching a compromise. Commissioner Lamberti then made a motion to approve the proposed changes to the exclusion policy with an effective date as of today July 13, 2017 for incidents occurring today and moving forward, seconded by Commissioner Dolores Mertz, which carried unanimously.
ADMINISTRATIVE RULES – Notice of Intended Action: Brian Ohorilko addressed there are two rules before the commissioners today for approval of the Notice of Intended Action. Both items have been passed in the most recent legislative session.
Item one will allow for a 5 year option for individuals who are interested in signing up on the Statewide Self-Exclusion list which is consistent with the piece of legislation passed this session.
The second item is in regard to horse racing and therapeutic medications, which will allow for the commission and industry to be in line with the ARCI controlled therapeutic medication schedule. This schedule has been adopted by virtually every other racing jurisdiction. Mr. Ohorilko reported these two rules have been sent to all of the stakeholders in the racing & gaming industry and does not believe there any issues preventing approval for this Notice of Intended Action.
Hearing no comments or questions, Chair Arnold requested a motion for approval. Commissioner Kramer made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Heinrich, which carried unanimously.
IOWA GREYHOUND ASSOCIATION – External Audit: Brian Carpenter, Director of Racing & General Manager of Iowa Greyhound Park and President of the Iowa Greyhound Association, Bob Hardison is here today to give an update on the transition of accounting firm. Mr. Hardison reported on the External Audit. Mr. Hardison discussed the issues with their accounting at the Iowa Greyhound Park. Mr. Hardison feels the situation has been rectified. Goldfinch has assumed the accounting procedures and identified problem areas. Mr. Hardison is very confident going forward the accounting will be efficient and completed in a timely fashion. The intent is to secure a long term accounting firm, respectively Goldfinch, within the next 30 days.
Commissioner Lamberti discussed concern with significant deficiencies, which have to do with the segregation of duties and financial responsibilities. Commissioner Lamberti expressed the need for reconciliation. Even though the commissioners understand difficulties of adequate segregation of duties, especially in a smaller organization, this deficiency must be corrected. Commissioner Lamberti conveyed it is imperative when the commissioners receive the next auditor’s report, these significant deficiencies will no longer be present.
REVIEW OF HORSEMEN’S ORGANIZATIONS FINANCIAL AUDITS:
A. The Iowa HBPA, Inc. and the Iowa HBPA Benevolent Trust – Jon Moss, Executive Director & Secretary Treasurer, referred to the audit before the commissioners and is present for any questions the commissioners may have at this time. There were no questions. Mr. Ohorilko asked Mr. Moss to review services the Iowa HBPA provides. Mr. Moss reviewed the broad scope of services provided by the non-profit organization representing horseman in the state of Iowa. Assistance backside on the race track with hardship, for example if a family member has passed away, they assist with travel. If a horseman is injured they assist with medical appointments, cultivating business relationships with doctors, dentists, chiropractors who will provide a discount and service. The Iowa HBPA also provides representation of horseman at meetings, hearings at racing associations, commissions and other pertinent organizations.
B. Iowa Quarter Horse Racing Enterprises, Inc. d/b/a Iowa Quarter Horse Racing Association – Chris Hovey, Secretary with Iowa Quarter Horse Racing. Ms. Hovey reported on the highpoints of the past year. They held a Charity Golf Tournament, which raised funds for the disabled jockey fund. They held an All American party with trainers, backside workers and their families to come enjoy the day together. An exciting highlight was the Youth Days Program. They worked in conjunction with Prairie Meadows to select six youth to spend 3 days learning about the racing & training experiences. At the end of the program, the youth receive scholarships for their college education.
C. Iowa Harness Racing Association – Royal Roland, President here to present the audit and discuss harness racing here in Iowa. The association believes harness racing is going very
well. The number of standardbred foals being born each year is steady and slightly increasing. There are new participants coming to Iowa to race who have not done so in the past. Most exciting, two county fairs have approached the association to start holding races here in Iowa. The Lee County Fair in Donnellson held races last weekend, which went well. Also, the Hamilton County Fair in Webster City will have races in a couple of weeks. The association is very happy to extend races to several locations and expose as many people as possible to harness racing.
PRESENTATIONS ON PROPOSED CEDAR RAPIDS CASINOS:
A. Wild Rose Cedar Rapids, LLC – Tom Timmons, President & Chief Operating Officer of Wild Rose LLC. Mr. Timmons introduced the Executive management team, Gary Kirke, Dr. Michael Richards, Scott Ivers, Chris Collins, Rick Gilson, Lea Garcia. Also present are three General Managers from Wild Rose properties, Travis Dvorak – Jefferson, Steve Cody – Emmetsburg, Steve Nauman – Clinton. Also here today are groups which Wild Rose has partnered with 401 First Avenue LC, and Steve Emerson – Aspect Architecture & Hunter Parks. Attending are four members of the Cedar River Alliance Dick Meisterling, Barbara Hames-Bryan, Darlene Davermann-Reid, Michelle Smothers Omar. Two Cedar Rapids Alliance members not able to attend are Oather Taylor, Brent Mohasci. Mr. Timmons speaks for the entire team for how much they appreciate the opportunity to present the application for the Boutique Casino. At this time a video was shown of several interviews, members of the non-profit, architects, local business owners, restaurant owners, and the public.
Mr. Timmons reviewed analysis of the overall state’s gaming market as the Commission’s responsibility and major objective is to award new gaming licenses in accordance with it. Wild Rose has analyzed Iowa gaming markets over the past quarter of a century and how the industry has evolved. Iowa Gaming is different from other states as it is not a free market. The gaming industry has a regulation system to balance the investment made by operators with the revenues generated for the state in the form of gaming taxes. These revenues are shared with local communities and counties via non-profits. A major objective of the commission certainly over the past 15 years has been to award new licenses based on the state’s overall gaming market.
Mr. Timmons stated that there were five gaming licenses applied for in 1992 to nineteen in 2017. There has been revenue to the State of Iowa approaching 300 million dollars into the general fund. Wild Rose has heeded what the commissioners said in 2014 when they applied for a license in Cedar Rapids. The chief reasons given for rejecting that application were cannibalization, saturation and fear of destabilization. Though they know the commissioners sighted findings of the studies of Marquette Advisors and Union Gaming, we know from our experience in Jefferson those figures were very accurate in gaming revenue, however, the predicted cannibalization did not occur. Wild Rose went to an expert for
some answers. Mr. Timmons invited Sabastian Sinclair, Firm Consultant for Christiansen Capital Advisors to speak.
The first slide reviews the methodology used in the market study. Measures of relative market supply compared to population, the observed historical impacts of new casinos in other comparable markets, and the drive time to respective casinos. Using these three measures in conjunction, Mr. Sinclair demonstrated the analysis to several casinos in various cities and the relative efficiency of various other markets. Mr. Sinclair indicated market studies often differ to how populations are distributed in relation to casinos. Cedar Rapids appears to be moderately undersupplied using the three measures. The findings determined the Wild Rose Casino in Cedar Rapids would only modestly impact the gaming revenue in nearby casinos, specifically the Iowa casino at Waterloo, Meskwaki and Riverside. As Mr. Sinclair mentioned before with the moderately undersupplied market conditions in Cedar Rapids, along with the relative size of this proposal, from the State of Iowa’s perspective any these adverse effects will eventually become a gain of gross tax revenue which Wild Rose Casino would generate. In summary, CCA has estimated Wild Rose Casino with 700 slot machines and 20 table games would generate 266.8 million in net new gaming revenue in the first five years. In the same five year period, generate new gaming taxes of 58.7 million. For the proposed 600 slot machine and 15 table games this would generate 231 million in net gaming revenue and 48 million in gaming taxes. This concluded the presentation. There were no questions for Mr. Sinclair.
Mr. Timmons spoke about the size of the Urban Boutique Casino facility which is designed not to compete with the existing 47 restaurants, coffee shops, bars, hotels and theatres. Wild Rose would like to partner with these businesses through vouchers and bring in more shows and entertainment into downtown Cedar Rapids. A video was shown at this time.
Mr. Timmons introduced developer & construction specialist, Steve Emerson of Aspect Architecture & Hunter Parks. Mr. Emerson is a Cedar Rapids native. Mr. Emerson has been developing in downtown Cedar Rapids since 1999. Mr. Emerson believes the Boutique Casino would be a great asset to downtown.
With this team, Mr. Emerson is confident they have a plan which differentiates them from any other casino or development in downtown. This Boutique Casino will integrate into the existing downtown structures and is the right concept. This development team is not asking for any funding up front, tax payer money, city, county or state assistance. They are not going to ask for reimbursement of their taxes, not requesting the city to build a parking structure, tear down existing buildings or assist in any way. They will develop this casino privately, they will make it a success and will pay their taxes. They will help the city and community succeed if given this opportunity. At this time a video was shown with interviews from citizens of Cedar Rapids supporting the Boutique Casino.
Mr. Timmons reported the Boutique Casino is a 25,000 square foot facility, with 600 slot machines, 20 table games, full service bar & show lounge, and an Iowa store. At this time a video was shown regarding architectural design.
Mr. Timmons then introduced Darlene Davermann-Reid. Ms. Daverman-Reid said she is very excited to have the opportunity to speak about the Cedar River Alliance partnership with Wild Rose Casino and what the gaming revenue means to their community. When the discussions first began with Wild Rose, the agreement was made the new casino would contribute 4% of the top gaming revenue, which was 33% more than what state law requires. Over the past several months as they have continued their discussions, Wild Rose has now agreed to a hefty 5% which means an additional $500,000 for Cedar Rapids. This totals 2.5 million dollars annually for the city of Cedar Rapids and outlining community. At this time a video was shown regarding the charitable benefit of a casino in the community.
Mr. Timmons summarized the Urban Boutique Casino proposal is an operational structure unlike any other casino in Iowa. Mr. Timmons said they understand this proposal is different than any other proposal which the commissioners have seen. This proposal is an opportunity to bring a casino to Cedar Rapids and Lynn County. Wild Rose can make that a reality. It is the culture at Wild Rose to listen to the community and the commission as they have done in the past. In Cedar Rapids, this project does not seek to disrupt the progress downtown has made in the past 3 years. It is intended to collaborate, support and energize them. The goal of this proposal is to strike that balance for all the constituents, including the state, without cannibalizing or destabilizing the industry. The Boutique Casino will draw to and not away from the energy of the night life, shops and attractions helping revitalize downtown Cedar Rapids. This is right idea, at the right time, with the right operated by the right people. Mr. Timmons concluded the presentation.
Chair Arnold thanked them on behalf of the commissioners for a very nice presentation.
B/C. Cedar Rapids Development Group LLC – Cedar Crossing on the River 1.0 & 2.0 – Brent Stevens, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Stevens expressed appreciation to the commissioners for the opportunity to be here today. The group will present plans and provide 2 options to develop a casino in Iowa’s second largest city, Cedar Rapids. Several other team members will be joining in the presentation, Natalie Schramm – Chief Financial Officer & Secretary, Jonathan Swain – Chief Operating Officer, and partners at JNB Gaming and the City Manager for Cedar Rapids, Jeff Pomerantz. We recognize the importance of the decision that you as commission members have to ensure that the state is a viable and stable gaming industry. We appreciate the position and the rules by which we operate. There are two decisions here, first is this the right time for Cedar Rapids and who is the right developer for the Cedar Rapids market. Our gaming industry developers has a history of developing cutting edge gaming facilities right here in Iowa and their commitment developing venues that lift up surrounding communities all speak
very well to them as the best choice. Mr. Stevens reviewed the past 20 years of investments in casinos in Dubuque and Sioux City, Iowa.
Mr. Stevens proceeded to review two proposals; Cedar Crossing on the River 1.0 and a more modest urban gaming casino that ties into the downtown infrastructure Cedar Crossing Central 2.0. There was a video presentation played at this time was an overview of the two project options for Cedar Rapids entertainment, economic and development needs.
Mr. Stevens reviewed the team’s history of more than two decades of experience providing quality gaming experience to Iowans and people around the country. Mr. Stevens explained they are an Iowa based developer and operators with a proven track record for long term success here in the state. They build sustainable long term assets which create the best results for the state of Iowa and local economy. Peninsula Pacific and JNB Gaming have been involved in casino gaming development in Iowa since 1997. The Cedar Rapids Development Group has partnered with more than 200 local investors to develop this project along with Linn County Gaming Association, a non-profit gaming license applicant, JNB the operator they believe that their team has the perfect balance of experience.
Mr. Stevens spoke about Peninsula Gaming’s history. They delivered some of the best results in the industry with their shareholders for a very long period of time. Their team members were recognized for the best customer service and the friendliest casino employee’s here in the state of Iowa 11 years in a row. They have a record of success because of their patient and deliberate approach of investing in regional gaming. Peninsula Pacific is the name of the second chapter of Peninsula Gaming.
Mr. Stevens stated that this project, if awarded a license, would be their 8th ground up development in the casino industry. They have built the only two urban casinos in Iowa. They look forward to being involved in the growth of the community of Cedar Rapids. In 1999, they closed on Diamond Jo Casino and in mid-2000 land based casino gaming was finally voted in the legislature here in Iowa. The credit for that was to create more regional attractions, more synergy with local businesses and long term sustainable growth.
Mr. Stevens said they were fortunate to be awarded in 2005 the Worth County Casino license. It became operationally a 40,000 casino development in 2006. Immediately they invested another 35 million and doubled the size of the casino, built a hotel, built meeting space and created more activity for the community which was a tremendous success of an urban development land based casino.
They began in Sioux City in 2012. Thanks to the commission’s help they opened in partnership with Warner Gaming, the Hard Rock Casino in Sioux City. Mr. Stevens
thanked the commission for the right decision for the approval of the Hard Rock Casino. Mr. Stevens discussed other successful casinos developed by their team.
Mr. Stevens introduced Natalie Schramm, Chief Financial Officer & Secretary and partner of JNB Gaming in Cedar Rapids. There are 200 local investors of which the majority are based and vested in the Cedar Rapids area. Cedar Crossing has partnered with the local non-profit Linn County Gaming Association. The board members are looking forward to hosting the commission in September in Cedar Rapids. Our non-profits from Cedar Rapids and surrounding community will benefit from Cedar Crossing. As outlined in the application, they will provide between 3½ to 5 percent of the gross gaming revenue to Linn County Association. Ms. Schramm said they strongly believe in the economic benefit of casinos for the surrounding communities and the key to that success is partnering with local government and communities that they operate in as a foundation. Partnering with the Linn County Association and entering into an exclusive agreement with the city of Cedar Rapids.
At this time, Ms. Schramm introduced Jonathan Swain, partner and Chief Operating Officer of JNB Gaming. Mr. Swain reviewed the original project of Cedar Crossing on the River 1.0. This project has been unchanged since 2014. After hearing concerns regarding the impact of the size of that project, they have developed a smaller project using the same process developing this idea. The partnership agreement has been extended through 2029 with the city of Cedar Rapids. Mr. Swain discussed the details of the 206 million dollar investment of the downtown project including the 25 million dollar, 900 space parking structure developed for the city. This casino complex would have 55,000 square feet, 550 slot machines and 15 table games. There will be two food and beverage amenities in the facility.
The center bar will be a full service restaurant. The facility would be directly connected to the US Cellular Center. It would provide 231 permanent jobs once fully operational.
Included in the application was an economic impact study showing just under 73 million in total economic output, 231 jobs, 11.6 million dollars in charitable contributions to nonprofits in the first five years, 4.5 million dollars to Cedar Rapid in taxes and 93 million dollars in taxes and fees to the state of Iowa. Mr. Swain reviewed the casino architectural design, along with the parking structure proposal.
The RYAN Companies US, Inc. and OPN Architects will be the design/build team for this project. Mr. Swain acknowledged the OPN Architects are on record for the US Cellular Center, Double Tree Hotel, and Convention Center rendering them uniquely qualified with specific experience and expertise to tie the proposed casino together. Mr. Swain reviewed the casino architectural design plans of Cedar Crossing on the River. Mr. Swain believes their group has two proposals which will invest heavily into Cedar Rapids. Also, the quality work of this team differentiates them from other proposal. There has been a lot of thought to design, interiors and finishes to make sure people have the quality
gaming experience. This is important to the long term investment and critically important to being successful. Mr. Swain also believes with either of these proposals, another piece of success is the point partnerships which use reward credits in restaurants and other businesses in the community. This is projected to provide hundreds of thousands of dollars to local business vendors in point partnerships through this program. Another important partnership in these proposals is the City of Cedar Rapids and with that Mr. Swain introduced Jeff Pomerantz, City Manager of Cedar Rapids to present information about that partnership.
Mr. Pomerantz said it is an honor to be here today and thanked the members of the commission for allowing the presentations and their consideration of Cedar Rapids. Mr. Pomerantz discussed how the city has been working very hard to rebuild Cedar Rapids since the flood of 2008. Mr. Pomerantz has been in Iowa since 1998. Mr. Pomerantz was the city manager in West Des Moines for 12 years. Seven years ago Mr. Pomerantz took the opportunity to take the position of City Manager in Cedar Rapids because of his belief in the Iowa’s second largest city and viewed it as a tremendous opportunity to help rebuild. There has been tremendous success in rebuilding the city for growth and development. The nucleus of this development is the downtown area. Mr. Pomerantz believes that Cedar Crossing is a wonderful fit for the city for a number of key reasons. Mr. Pomerantz spoke about Cedar Crossing Central in the downtown area. This casino would be built on under-utilized property and provides unique benefits to Cedar Rapids and local businesses in the downtown area. As they moved forward on rebuilding of downtown the focus was on key properties, the Double Tree Hotel and US Cellar Center, and the convention center. The city council & mayor took a risk with over 100 million dollars invested in these facilities.
Mr. Pomerantz indicated this was done because they believed this would encourage more growth and more development in the downtown area. New growth has also happened from the private sector in both small and large businesses. The casino and new parking garage will help to complete a critical next step. A casino would add to the success of the Double Tree Hotel & convention center. The parking structure, which is owned by the city, was repaired couple years ago after a consultant reviewed the facility. The city invested 1 million dollars in the last couple years and it will need replaced in the next 10 to 12 years, at a cost of 25 million dollars based on its size. This proposal would allow this parking facility to be replaced. Citizens would not need to use tax dollars out of parking revenue. The casino will bring significant dollars to the city revenue offering performances, entertainment, attracting conventioneers and many more visitors. From the cities perspective, they are very committed to this project and feel very confident with their current position. The public overwhelmingly support this project. As mentioned before, the Memorandum of Understanding between the City and Cedar Rapids Development Group is in place through 2029. The city views this as an innovative plan to put the casino facility where it is connecting these structures. Mr. Pomerantz thanked the
commissioners for their time is looking forward to seeing the commissioners in Cedar Rapids.
Mr. Stevens reviewed the proposal choices. First, the Cedar Crossing on the River 1.0 the original proposal which was heard in 2014 and then today we have Cedar Crossing Central
2.0. It is the same size casino compared to the alternative. The amount of investment into casino central is 106.4 million dollars versus the alternative 42 million dollars. If thought about as an investment per gaming position, this would be a difference of 193,000 per position versus somewhere between 60,000 & 85,000 per position. That is long term thinking, it’s sustainable, it’s about the customer, about the community, and about partnering with the community.
Mr. Stevens reviewed some Sioux City Hard Rock Casino statistics. There were 455 shows in a 2½ year period of time which utilized the facility in a much smaller market. If CRDG is fortunate enough to be awarded a license they will invest heavily, make it come alive, dramatically increase visitors in the hotel, and additional patronage in the downtown area with this casino. Mr. Stevens thanked the commissioners for the opportunity and summarized why CRDG believes they are the best choice to be awarded the gaming license. They have decades of Iowa gaming experience success with other urban casino models, strength in their partnership philosophy with the local community, they are patience and thoughtful and very deliberate. When asked to respond with a proposal, they have worked with the city and local community and provided another option.
On behalf of the commissioners, Chair Arnold thanked them for a very nice presentation.
A. Grand Falls Casino & Golf Resort, LLC – Sharon Haselhoff, General Manager, presented two contracts for Commission approval: 1) Cintas Corporation – Employment Uniforms; 2) Tech Art, Inc. – Card Reader License Agreement (OSV). Hearing no comments or questions, Chair Arnold requested a motion. Commissioner Heinrich motioned to approve the contracts, seconded by Commissioner Kramer, which carried unanimously.
B. HGI Lakeside LLC – Luke Keller, Director of Marketing presented three contracts for Commission approval: 1) Halvorson Tran – HVAC Repairs & Maintenance; 2) Kohl Wholesale – Food Product/Supplies for Resale in Restaurant (OSV); 3) Supreme Systems, Inc – Major Roof Repairs (OSV). Hearing no comments or questions, Chair Arnold requested a motion. Commissioner Lamberti motioned to approve the contracts, seconded by Commissioner Heinrich, which carried unanimously.
C. Riverside Casino & Golf Resort LLC – Dan Franz, General Manager presented one contract for Commission approval: 1) Agilysys NV, LLC – Hardware/Software Upgrade & Maintenance Services (OSV). Hearing no comments or questions, Chair Arnold
requested a motion. Commissioner Lamberti made a motion to approve the contract, seconded by Commissioner Heinrich, which carried unanimously.
D. Harvey’s Iowa Management, Inc. d/b/a Harrah’s Council Bluffs Casino and Hotel – Janae Sternberg, Vice President of Finance, presented two contracts for Commission approval: 1) Honeywell Internal Inc. – Building Material Supplier; 2) C3 (CAP) d/b/a Charles Attal Presents – Entertainment Programming Services (OSV). Hearing no comments or questions, Chair Arnold requested a motion. Commissioner Mertz made a motion to approve the contracts, seconded by Commissioner Heinrich, which carried unanimously.
E. Iowa West Racing Association d/b/a Horseshoe Council Bluffs – Janae Sternberg, Vice President of Finance presented two contracts for Commission approval: 1) C3 (CAP) d/b/a Charles Attal Presents – Entertainment Programming Services (OSV); 2) All Star Premium Products – Marketing Product Supplier (OSV). Hearing no comments or questions, Chair Arnold requested a motion. Commissioner Kramer made a motion to approve the contracts, seconded by Commissioner Mertz, which carried unanimously.
F. Prairie Meadows Racetrack & Casino – Gary Palmer, President & CEO presented one contract for Commission approval: 1) Shye West (Imagine This) – Promotional Items (OSV). Hearing no comments or questions, Chair Arnold requested a motion. Commissioner Lamberti made a motion to approve the contracts, seconded by Commissioner Kramer, which carried unanimously.
A. Rhythm City Casino & Resort, LLC – Stipulation Agreement for Violation of Iowa Code §99F. 4(22) (Self-Exclusion) – Brian Ohorilko, Administrator of IRGC reviewed the specific circumstances regarding the violation. Mr. Ohorilko noted this is the first offense of this type of activity from Rhythm City Casino. Mo Hyder, General Manager of Rhythm City Casino & Resort addressed the measures management has taken to prevent any further occurrences.
Commissioner Lamberti had a question as to what failed in this instance since the individual had the same first/last name and date of birth. Mr. Hyder explained it was a newer employee confused with what they were visually seeing on the computer. It was confirmed the violation was due to human error. Hearing no additional comments or questions, Chair Arnold requested a motion. Commissioner Lamberti made a motion to approve the stipulation agreement with a fine of $3,000, seconded by Commissioner Heinrich, which carried unanimously.
B. Riverside Casino and Golf Resort LLC – Stipulation Agreement for a Violation of Iowa Code §99F. 4(22) (Self-Exclusion) Mr. Ohorilko, Administrator of IRGC reviewed the
specific circumstances regarding the violation. Mr. Ohorilko noted this is the second incident of such at Riverside in the last 365 days. Dan Franz, General Manager of Riverside Casino & Golf Resort reviewed measures management has taken to prevent any further occurrences.
Hearing no comments or questions, Chair Arnold requested a motion. Commissioner Heinrich made a motion to approve the stipulation agreement with a fine of $5,000, seconded by Commissioner Mertz, which carried unanimously.
PUBLIC COMMENT: Chair Arnold requested any public comment at this time. There were no public comments forthcoming.
ADMINSTRATIVE BUSINESS: Chair Arnold requested administrative business at this time. Mr. Ohorilko indicated there was no administrative business.
ELECTION OF CHAIR AND VICE CHAIR: Commissioner Heinrich made a motion to place in nomination for election the current Chair – Commissioner Richard Arnold for Chair, and the current Vice Chair – Commissioner Kris Kramer for Vice Chair, seconded by Commissioner Mertz, which carried unanimously.
ADJOURN: Chair Arnold requested a motion to adjourn. Commissioner Kramer so moved, seconded by Commissioner Heinrich. The meeting was adjourned at 10:40 AM.