In Huge Step, Roseville Council Gives Wal-Mart Preliminary Plat Approval

The council voted to require the discount store to share in the cost of law enforcement if yearly calls for service exceed 300.

The Roseville Council granted preliminary plat approval for the proposed Twin Lakes Wal-Mart store at its Monday meeting—a major step toward final approval for the 160,000 square foot discounter.

The council approved Wal-Mart’s request by a 3-2 vote, with council members Tammy Pust and Tammy McGehee dissenting.

The cost of cops

Twelve conditions were imposed on Wal-Mart, including the requirement that the store reimburse the city for law enforcement costs related to any calls for service in excess of 300 during the first year of the store’s operation.

Roseville’s Supertarget receives about 175 calls for service per year, and Roseville Police Chief Rick Mathwig has said he expects his department would receive 700 to 900 more calls for service a year if the Twin Lakes Wal-Mart is built.

The vote on an amendment to impose the payment requirement for law enforcement was unanimous though council member Bob Willmus said he was worried the requirement had the “potential to act as a deterrent for calls for service.”

Additional public testimony on the proposed store may be given at next week’s council meeting and a decision on “final plat approval” is expected from the council on July 23, but Monday’s decision to grant preliminary plat approval was a very significant step forward for the store.

“The final plat is a pretty perfunctory decision,” council member Tammy Pust said.

A motion made by Pust to restrict hours of operation of the store to 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. on weekdays and 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekends was defeated by a vote of 3-2.

Administrative appeals

The council also contesting the city staff’s determination that the proposed Twin Lakes Wal-Mart store is permitted under the city’s zoning code and forwarded the appeals to the city’s planning commission.

The appeals came from Karen Schaffer, , and from SWARN [Solidarity of West Area Roseville Neighbors], a citizens group representing more than 60 Roseville households that opposes the proposed discount store.

The issue will return to the council next week at its July 16 meeting.

rosalind July 15, 2012 at 12:48 PM
7am to 9am on weekdays 2 hours. Why bother
SONIA ALBERS July 15, 2012 at 04:39 PM
I think a Wal-Mart would be a disservice to the community of Roseville. Their record of not treating their employees fairly is of great concern. Also, the quality of their merchandise would devalue property in the area, both business and residential. Sonia Albers
B. Martin July 15, 2012 at 05:40 PM
How does the quality of product inside the store affect the value of property in the community? I presume you mean to imply that the quality is inferior. Inferior merchandise can only impact property if the merchandise is purchased and used/exposed in the community. Will the next step be to get residents to boycott shopping at Wal-Mart?
Gerald McDonald July 15, 2012 at 09:04 PM
If I were to be a member of the City Council I would vote against Wal-Mart. Not because I am opposed to Wal-Mart, but because I am opposed to bringing in competition for Target, Cub, and Rainbow. These stores have been members of our community for several decades, and they have served our community very well! Why are we going to bring in a business that does not deliver anything that the other stores don't already deliver, and is going to economically challenge and threaten the well-being of companies that historically have been exceptional partners to our fair city? To vote to bring in a competitor is a vote against loyalty.
Mark Ryan July 16, 2012 at 03:33 PM
It’s interesting that you would welcome Walmart with open arms, had they come first! If someone wanted to open a new hardware store, would you vote against that too? What if the grocer Trader Joe’s wanted to open a location in Roseville, a vote against that too? Roseville already is home to a hardware store and grocers, so I guess your answer would be yes. I find that to be troubling and would have a very difficult time supporting anyone running for city council on the platform of “keep new business out!”


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