PLAINVILLE - The cost of hiring a consultant to help the town negotiate an agreement with Plainridge Racecourse for slot machines could reach $100,000, Town Administrator Joseph Fernandes said Tuesday.

Fernandes is preparing a request for proposals to notify consultants the town is looking for help dealing with slot machine issues.

He said he intends to list the request, or RFP, in the state's "goods and services bulletin," a register of bids for city, town and state government contracts.

Fernandes said it appears communities in others states that used consultants for gambling issues spent $100,000 or more, so he wants to be prepared.

Selectmen and Fernandes have said they do not have the expertise to negotiate an agreement on their own with the track.

A "host community agreement" ratified by voters is a requirement for applying for a slot machine or full casino license.

The cost of the consultant would be paid for by the racetrack. The track wants a state license for 1,250 slot machines for its Route 1 facility.

Track President Gary Piontkowski said Plainridge has already given the state Gaming Commission a $400,000 deposit for the licensing process.

He said the commission is gathering information and will be doing background checks on some, if not all, of the tracks 16 owners.

The track is providing the commission with an extensive application, including personal and financial information, he said.

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