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GB City Council President calls for Advisory Council on Walmart issue


GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - How the Green Bay City Council feels about the controversy over whether to build a Walmart in the Broadway District could become very clear...very soon.

City Council President Tom DeWane is taking the rarely used step of calling for an Advisory Council to meet on Monday to talk openly about Walmart's proposed 154,000 square foot Supercenter.

"I think it's important that the people of Green Bay understand where we're coming from," DeWane said. "Because it has been a hot topic, the aldermen have been getting tons of e-mails, tons of calls."

The council is made up of the council president and vice-president, and the chairs of 5 city council committees. 

While a binding vote isn't the outcome of that meeting, the public would get a sense of how the vote would go when the issue next comes before the entire council.

DeWane believes at this point the full council would vote 7-5 in favor of Walmart's proposal.

A community meeting on the latest Walmart proposal for the Broadway District is May 28. The Plan Commission is scheduled to take up the issue June 9. The purchase agreement that Walmart has in place for that Larsen Green property expires June 14.