Cibolo City Council takes over decision on proposed Walmart

Residents sign recall petitions for four council members, want them accountable for Walmart decision

SCHERTZ, Texas - Cibolo residents packed the Schertz Civic Center Wednesday night to voice their opposition again to a proposed Walmart.

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Walmart plans to build a new 182,000-square foot store between Borgfeld Road, North Main Street and Cibolo Valley Drive.

Outside the town hall meeting, residents signed recall petitions for council members Ron Pedde, Steve Liparoto, Larry Carlton, and Karen Hale.

Their terms end in 2014, but residents want them held accountable for the decision they will eventually make.

“In order to be able to have some leverage for them to pay attention to what we're saying in these town hall meetings we have to let them know that there's an interest that we have to vote them in or out,” said Cibolo resident Andre Larkins.

Inside the meeting, residents railed against the council’s decision to give sole negotiating power and final approval to city manager Robert Herrera.

“Why in the world would city council grant a single individual authority to make a decision of this magnitude,” asked an angry resident.

Mayor Jennifer Hartman said the city manager would no longer be making the decision on his own and it would be up to the council, but councilman Steve Liparoto said the decision is really up to Walmart.

“If Walmart says they're buying that property and building a Walmart it’s done?” asked a resident.

"That's correct," said Liparoto.


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