Tuesday, May 04, 2010

City council sells out to walmart.

Sturgeon Bay signs Wal-Mart agreement
By Ramelle Bintz • rbintz@doorcountyadvocate.com • April 24, 2010

The city of Sturgeon Bay voted unanimously Tuesday to sign a development agreement with Wal-Mart Stores Inc. to build a new Supercenter on the city's east side.

City Administrator Steve McNeil detailed some of the highlights of the agreement as the contract was negotiated in closed session and then later approved. City Attorney Randy Nesbitt sent it off this week for Wal-Mart's signature.

"This agreement is not an obligation on the part of Wal-Mart to construct the Supercenter," McNeil said. "But they do want to sign a contract so they feel confident when they are buying the land of what their commitments are."

Chief among the city's concerns, McNeil said, is to protect the businesses and the traffic corridor along Egg Harbor Road so that the road remains open during construction. The proposed 120,000-square-foot Supercenter would replace the current Walmart at 1536 Egg Harbor Road.

The agreement details both public and private commitments and was sent to Wal-Mart's attorney, Debbie Tomczyk, for approval. Tomczyk has negotiated twists and turns the project has taken for years before the Supercenter won final unanimous Common Council approval in January. Under the agreement, the new store would open by March 1, 2012.

Wal-Mart had planned to close on the property by April, but the sale was postponed until a signed agreement was in hand. All obligations are contingent upon the company's acquisition of the property. Development plans would be finalized the rest of this year, with bids going out next spring and construction starting next year.

The agreement calls for the city to complete its public works no later than Oct. 31, 2011.

Some of the other highlights of the agreement shows Wal-Mart is responsible to:

  • Pay for Sturgeon Bay Utilities to upgrade the 14th Avenue Booster Station, not to exceed $171,600.
  • Construct and maintain a storm-water detention basin and related storm-water facilities on the property.
  • Reconfigure access points into and out of the property, per the final plans approved by the city.
  • Pay for a new traffic signal at the intersection of Walmart's driveway with Egg Harbor Road.
  • Pay for a new traffic signal at the intersection of 14th Avenue and Egg Harbor Road.
  • Pay for improvements to Egg Harbor Road from 14th Avenue through the Walmart driveway access, including, but not limited to, pavement, drainage facilities, curb and gutter, street lights, street trees, signs and pavement markings.
  • Contribute $151,500 to the city for future expansion of the sidewalk system on Egg Harbor Road.
  • In the event that Wal-Mart fails to timely complete the work described, the city may assess special damages against the property in the amount of $200 per day for each day that work remains substantially incomplete.

  • I don't know HOW the HELL they can be going through with building, when there's STILL the problem of the agreement they signed with Nash Finch saying that WM needs approval from all signors to expand! And where's the land coming from to expand Egg Harbor rd? More than likely the NIGHTINGALE, which would tie in to the other info I've heard that nightingale's folding up.... only the 1st of many thanks to the cult of WALFART.

    And WHERE the HELL'S "fair enterprise" in all this??? Does anybody even fucking CARE anymore that SB's going to get flushed down the damned toilet!?!?!

    Like old santa, I got a list, I've checked it twice so I know where EVERY walfart cultist lives. And I'm not above taking their money and giving it to the people their god hurts. REMEMBER THAT - THE DEADLIST ENEMY IS ONE WITH NOTHING LEFT TO LOSE, and when you fuck with my friends (yeah, I'm talking to YOU "mr anonymous" shit talker) all rules go out the window.


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