Walmart’s Fans and Foes
By Carolyn Carlson
People turned up at the Monday, June 4 meeting to comment on the proposal to put a Walmart at Coors and Montaño. The Council deferred a vote on whether to give the big-box chain five years to create a development plan. Councilor Brad Winter was absent, and Councilor Rey Garduño said he had to recuse himself from the vote.
The Downtown Neighborhood Development Sector Plan was unanimously approved. The plan emphasizes walkable neighborhoods, a mix of businesses and the preservation of historic houses [" History in the Houses," May 31-June 6].
Former District Judge Tommy Jewell will sit in as interim independent review officer. The person who occupies the post examines citizen complaints against the Albuquerque Police Department. Jewell succeeds William Deaton, who retired June 1. Jewell is not one of the candidates who are being vetted for the permanent position. The city expects to have three options by August, said Chief Administrative Office Rob Perry.
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The next meeting is set for 5 p.m. on Monday, June 18, in the Council Chambers in the basement of City Hall. You can also view it on GOV TV 16 or at cabq.gov/govtv.
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