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Cibolo residents rally against proposed Walmart

Group wants chain store to choose other location

CIBOLO - About 50 Cibolo residents rallied together at the Falcon Ridge Community Pool.

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They all want a proposed Walmart to move to another location. Right now, Walmart is considering 22 acres of land across the street from Weiderstein Elementary.

Community leader Gina Turner said that location isn't feasible.

"It's literally across the street from an elementary school and that's kindergartners through 4th grade," Turner said.

Turner along with dozens of others wore orange shirts to identify themselves as they attend more city council and town hall meetings about the proposed Walmart. It's just one more way to stand united on an issue that raises so many concerns for them.

"We went with orange for no particular reason other than it stands out in a crowd and the catch phrase move Walmart was just a consolidated preference of everyone," Turner said.

Many of the people who attended tonight's meeting are concerned that the Walmart will bring an increase of crime, noise, and traffic to the area.

Parent Laura Hanks grabbed an orange ribbon to wrap around her front tree to show her concern about a Walmart coming to town. She understands the land that sits on Cibolo Valley and Borgfield Road is commercially zoned. But she's afraid the proposed Walmart is just too big for that location.

"We just want to protect our kids from the semis going through down the road from all traffic, keep them safe keep our house values up ," said Hanks.

Cibolo's mayor was at the rally. Although she didn't speak to the group, she did listen to their concerns.

"We are all partners in this we want to hear them and in return we want to work together with them," said Mayor Jennifer Hartman.

The next town hall meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, July 10, at the Schertz Community Hall at 7 p.m. 

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