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Ellisville Walmart Issue Reaches Final Days

Ellisville Mayor Adam Paul said Wednesday's expected votes have the chance to "split the city up or make us stronger."

Residents in Ellisville should know Wednesday evening whether a controversial project involving a Walmart will in fact move forward, Ellisville Mayor Adam Paul said this week.

“Unless something changes, I believe they’re going to be read and voted on, unless an unforeseen event causes a delay,” Paul said of the Walmart proposals. “I don’t see the point in delaying this any further."

Previously scheduled votes on the issues surrounding tax incentives for the developers of the Walmart, as well as related legislation setting terms for relocating residents in an apartment complex located at the planned site, were twice pushed back from expected voting dates.

The proposals before city council members would create a tax increment financing or TIF district that would created at the site, with standard lifespans for similar districts set at 23 years. Ellisville city staff said the project would generate about $500,000 annually for Ellisville's yearly budget of roughly $9 million.

Tandem legislation before the council woud establish a relocation policy in the city, which would compensate residents who reside in Clarkchester Apartments up to $1,000 per household for relocation costs; Clarkchester Apartments is one of several properties currently located at the proposed Walmart site .

to organize efforts meant to convince city council members to oppose the issue, and to discuss possible recall efforts against members who do support the proposal. , preliminary votes met the bare minimum for passage with five of the city council's seven members supporting the project. Paul and Councilmember Michelle Murray voted against the proposals.

Votes on the TIF legislation were delayed in part to address last-minute requests by the Sansone Group regarding the proposals terms, Councilmember Matt Pirrello said, and to to take part in the issue, which was at the forefront of Paul's campaign.

“I hope we prevail as leaders in taking down the TIF … to strip this problem that we’re having because it’s bigger than us, it’s bigger than Ellisville,” Paul said.

Paul said interest surrounding the proposal has been exacerbated by reports that executives representing Wal-Mart in Mexico paid officials there to try to influence the permitting process.

“Essentially Walmart has to bribe city officials in Mexico and our municipalities have to bribe developers to build here in our country,” Paul said. “It’s sad.”

"Ellisville has the chance to champion a cause that’s eating west county alive, or we have the chance to assimilate our region’s problems, essentially is what it comes down to," Paul said. "It’s a big night for our city, it’s a big night for our region, and like I said, we are not financial ruins.”

The Ellisville City Council is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday at .

E. Schmidt May 02, 2012 at 09:44 PM
JustRob-- >>>The ability to use Eminent Domain is not the threat to use nor is it or its used be being available.<<< Then why make EMINENT DOMAIN available to be used at all? Well, there was no reason for EMINENT DOMAIN to be in the Preliminary Funding Agreement in the Walmart TIF ... if it means nothing as you claim....it could have been left out....But, it WAS there...and for a reason. JustRob are You Rob Compton who ran for city council in District 1 last election? Tell us what your true motivations are when you try and convince people that a document doesn't mean or say what is clearly written on it in black and white? Please, do tell us?
JustRob May 03, 2012 at 01:59 AM
I never said EMINENT DOMAIN meant nothing. I said it was not used, exercised or threatened to be used. The property owners and the developers came to an agreement months ago. Preliminary discussions with the property owners (you were not involved in these conversations either as you are not a property owner the group that you are fighting so hard for and clearly does not want your help) occurred YEARS before the agreement with Sansone was written. EMINENT DOMAIN was not used or threatened to be used. The only people who have made any claims about it being used are uninformed, unincluded, fear mongering liars who are trying to swing influence to their cause. If you were a property owner who was involved in the negotiations, or could bring forth a group of owners who could back up your baseless claims I could not call you what you are. But the facts stand. Yes E. I am Rob Compton who ran for city council. My motivation? I am a life long resident, home owner, and volunteer to the city that I care deeply for. I moved here at the age of 1 and bought a home here in 1999.
JustRob May 03, 2012 at 01:59 AM
I am tired of the vocal minority of short sided, short term visitors to our city manipulating facts for their personal agenda, and doing what is not in the best interest of the long term of the city. I will be long after you are gone. As a homeowner the services that will have to be cut will effect me more that you. I will not change your mind, you stand to loose your apartment and you don't like walmart. These are the facts in your case. They are not motivating so you make up a group of victims that you are not a member of and light your torches.
E. Schmidt May 03, 2012 at 11:32 AM
JustRob-- >>>Preliminary discussions with the property owners (you were not involved in these conversations either as you are not a property owner the group that you are fighting so hard for and clearly does not want your help) occurred YEARS before the agreement with Sansone was written. EMINENT DOMAIN was not used or threatened to be used. <<< Interesting that you still claim that Threat of Eminent Domain was not used when it clearly says so in black and white right in the text. >>>I am tired of the vocal minority of short sided, short term visitors to our city manipulating facts for their personal agenda,<<< Some people have lived in Clarkchester 20 years. It is not unusual to talk with people who have been here 10 or more years. Hardly short term visitors. You are welcome to ignore those facts too...and the fact that the City Council just told 250 people to get out of town. And that every Ellisville resident could get the same treatment with TIF and Eminent Domain.
JustRob May 03, 2012 at 12:58 PM
No facts ignored. The owner of the commercial property that you rent from, after years of discussions, agreed to sell their property. I am sorry you have to move, but you do not have the right to prevent private owners from selling their property.

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