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November 7th, 2013 — Development, Sioux Falls, Walfart
It will be interesting to watch how this turns out at the ballot. I am sure if it were voted on today, WM would win, but at least SON will have an opportunity to educate the public on their situation before the election.
City clerk, Lorie Hogstad threw out 1159 of the challenges and said. SON ended up with 5343. They needed 5089. Son ended up with 82% after the challenge, city sample a few weeks ago tested at 86%.
It was quite an accomplishment. The election is April 8, 2014.
October 23rd, 2013 — Sioux Falls, Walfart
This Walmart thingy is getting weirder by the day.
Love how all the questions lean towards Walmart and don’t ask any questions about property and citizen rights. BTW, South Dakota’s largest AD agency, Lawrence and Schiller is putting out this poll;
Hello and good afternoon!
Do you have a few minutes to share your opinions with us, this afternoon or evening? A new survey is available, but the window to participate in this one is pretty short. The poll is regarding current public opinions within the Sioux Falls community, and will only take 2-3 minutes. I will randomly draw a name tomorrow afternoon and send out a $25 Retail Gift Card to the winner.
As always, thank you so much for your time and for participating in the Lawrence & Schiller consumer advisory panel! We greatly appreciate your feedback and opinions.
September 15th, 2013 — Media, Sioux Falls, Walfart
Notice the name above? Patrick Knecht is the local attorney representing the Homan Family (Walmart), his boss Gregg Greenfield owns the law firm he works for. Gregg Greenfield was featured in an AL story today;
In an email Aug. 22, Pfeifle notified Huether that her request had been turned over to Gregg Greenfield, who “has helped the city on BID issues for the last couple years.”
A few hours later, Cindy Huether sent an email to 10 members of the Community Indoor Tennis Center group. She told them that Pfeifle thought it was OK to use BID monies for capital projects but had turned the issue over to Greenfield to “double check.”
So now the city is using the same law firm as Walmart to answer their legal questions. Interesting.
September 7th, 2013 — Sioux Falls, Walfart
Now we have Walmart’s local attorney Patrick Knecht applying for the list of registered Sioux Falls Voters from our dear friend SOS Jason Gant. Will they get it? Did they get it? At this point we do not know. What is the point? We will learn. They actually asked for the signatures of all the voters so they could compare your signatures. Nice. Our ALEC SOS is being asked to supply our information to the ALEC supporter, Walmart. Again, nice…
While doin’ a Google the other night, I saw a phrase I’d forgotten about, Mao-Mart as in the article Mao-Mart and Slavery. Always. I’d always meant to follow the threads and discover what it was. Well I finally did it. Oh boy… If you are a small contractor or supplier being asked to assist Walmart build their new store(s) there is one piece of advice for you: Get paid upfront BEFORE the build. Walmart spokesperson Delia Garcia has been real busy fielding answers to bad publicity generated by their construction practices.
Have you heard about them?
· How about not paying for documented change orders? Contractor says Walmart job nearly broke him
· The squeeze play Walmart and their General Contractors just don’t pay for work performed: Save money, live better? People building Wal-Mart say they just want to get paid
· The business bankruptcies they have caused when they do not pay their contractors: Chicago Walmart comes up short
There are many more articles, all telling versions of the same story: Walmart does not pay their construction bills. Just read them yourself and make your own decision. They are not a good neighbor, Mr. Sam died and the managers running the business think subcontractors are suckers.
In the course of reading one of the stories about the nonpayment issues, Delia Garcia was defending the poor Walmart contractor pay performance. Delia Garcia, where have I heard that name before? Hmmm? Oh yea, she is the same one who constantly reminds Sioux Falls residents, Walmart is there to save the day. Then as I continued to read a Montana article, a name very familiar to Sioux Falls came up, Henry Carlson Company, of South Dakota. What?? Not Henry, tell me it’s not true? What is he accused of?
In Montana, Tom Sliter of Sliter’s Ace Lumber and Building Supply, in Somers, filed a lien against Wal-Mart in March 2010.
Sliter says his company provided $24,000 in cement, lumber and cleaning supplies for Wal-Mart’s new Hutton Ranch Plaza Supercenter in Kalispell. The project’s general contractor, the Henry Carlson Company, of South Dakota, withheld payment for months, Sliter says.
Sliter was one of 12 suppliers and subcontractors to file a lien on Wal-Mart’s Hutton Ranch Plaza property in 2010, according to the Flathead County Clerk and Recorder’s Office.
Sliter says he was forced to haggle with the Henry Carlson Company over who should pay for brooms, lumber and an $1,800 finance charge, among other things. Sliter says he thought about suing but worried he’d be outgunned. He settled for $19,000. “It’s kind of like being bullied,” he says. “I really resent it.”
Even Henry Carlson Co. is doing this to suppliers and contractors?
Now you may read something into each of these reports to match your feelings, pro or against Walmart. Who cares. You know each of us has personal feelings about Walmart as a retail store. Their business practices are another matter. They continue to use Mr. Sam’s folksy story to give the public warm fuzzies while destroying the very fabric of our communities. Each of these contractors, in the dozens of stories on line, are average Americans trying to build successful lives by working hard and hopefully smart, to make it. The deck is stacked against the small businessperson by Walmart’s very business plan.
And then there is this, Walmart goes into a community never negotiating. There are reports of Walmart reps telling a group of Sioux Falls residents they never negotiate with communities or residents, NEVER. If Walmart wants to do something, by gawd don’t get in the way. So back to my night of playing the Google Machine. Oh my, an Argus Leader article popped up:
Walmart zoning vote defended
Board member’s construction company has done work for retailer
Apr. 6, 2013
A planning commission member who voted to approve a rezoning petition that paves the way for a new Walmart in Sioux Falls said he had no reason not to vote on the issue, even though his company has done work for Walmart in the past.
Meredith Larson, the vice president of preconstruction services for Henry Carlson Co., has been on the commission for 10 years. He was one of four commissioners this week to vote in favor of the rezoning on a 4-2 vote.
Henry Carlson has done millions of dollars of work for Walmart here and in the region over the past several years. But, Larson said, all of that work was earned through a competitive bidding process. And any work that Walmart awards in building two new stores in Sioux Falls —including the controversial store at 85th Street and Minnesota Avenue —also would be awarded through a competitive process.
“We have to bid the work,” he said. “We have to bid it just like any other contract. The only way we get work from Walmart is to be the low bidder.”
So Mr. Larson is the VP of preconstruction services for Henry Carlson Co. Interesting how small a town this is. Let’s pass the rezoning petition because we have nothing to hurt by destroying a neighborhood. Building anything anywhere is progress. Heck we could probably find some subcontractors to help us, as long as they aren’t in a hurry to get paid…. Oh by the way, where is the Sioux Falls Ethics Commission on this interesting vote? Oh my bad, we don’t have one…
And this is what Sioux Falls sheeple want?
There is more, so think about it. Is this what we the people, our happy-clappy mayor and city council want in Sioux Falls? No wonder South Dakota won a top spot on the most corrupt standings again. We’re number 2! We’re number 2!
August 14th, 2013 — Cartoon, Walfart
“Things are becoming very CROWDED and PREDICTABLE around here.”
August 8th, 2013 — Sioux Falls, Walfart
It’s no secret that cable advertising is regional, that is why you never see a ‘Popeye’s chicken’ ad in SF, well maybe once in awhile. I know a couple of cable ad salesmen in town, and advertising is very focused on our community, so when I got this email today, I thought I would post it. Food for thought;
Hey Scott, I don’t imagine you watch much cable TV because you’re probably like me and stick to the internet for news… but today I noticed something odd.
Is Walmart launching a campaign with a massive broadcast budget? My parents told me they’ve been seeing these commercials for the past month.
On CNN today, I noticed over 2 hours over 2 different programs that Walmart ran a commercial during every single commercial break. Not lying, every single commercial break included a 30 or 60 second WM ads. Other ads talked about how WM gives back to the community through charity.. the theme of these commercials is “Get to know the Real Walmart at theRealWalmart.com”
These ads are not your typical WM, Target, Home Depot commercials.. nothing like them at all. These ads don’t talk about saving money or current specials, or even any products/services at all. The commercial I saw today highlighted an employee who’s paying for his college with his “good paying” job at WM, it ends with the young black male saying “I hope when you look at WM, you look at me investing in my future”. So – these commercials are 100% about promoting WM’s image and credibility – not selling anything. This is essentially indirect campaigning in advance of the likely referendum vote they can expect from SON.
Try to see one of these ads for yourself if you can. I think every major cable network is running them.
August 8th, 2013 — Sioux Falls, Walfart
ARGUS LEADER: Building Boom map: ‘Never seen it this busy’
Another set of large commercial projects, two new Walmart supercenters, that were expected to start construction this year have been delayed. It’s now unknown whether work will begin yet this year, but company officials have said at least the north-side store is on track to open in 2014.
The planning commission Wednesday approved a conditional-use permit for that store, at 60th Street and Marion Road. Another Walmart at 85th Street and Minnesota Avenue has further to go; the council agreed to rezone land for the project Tuesday.
A conditional-use permit for the south-side store would go before the planning commission in October at the earliest, Schmitt said. If the permits for each site are approved, the company then would be able to apply for building permits.
“We don’t know if they will pull a building permit yet this year,” he said. It’s a question of “how much work can you get done in South Dakota in the fall versus do you wait until first thing in the spring.”
For now, it appears that the 60th & Marion project appears to finally be moving forward on its own merits, but if SON decides to refer Tuesday night’s council decision you can fully expect MMM, Jeff Schmitt, and other city officials to change their tune.
Look for Jeff Schmitt’s quote concerning the construction start time at 60th & Marion to go from,
“It’s a question of how much work can you get done in South Dakota in the fall versus do you wait until first thing in the spring” to,
“Now that SON has referred the council’s rezoning decision at 85th & Minnesota, they have effectively stalled the construction at 60th & Marion at the same time.”
The take away from this article is this: the SON group really didn’t hold up millions of dollars in projects all over the city, just the Walmart project at 85th & Minnesota. MMM and his merry band of pranksters are banking on the inattention of Sioux Falls citizens on this one.
KDLT: The next step for Walmart is to get a conditional use permit approved. That will allow the proposed 185,000 square foot Walmart to be built. A C-4, or commercial zoning, only allows up to a 15,000 square foot building. Council members said they expect to approve that permit as well.
As suspected, the city council had their minds made up long before their vote on Tuesday night. Now it appears that the conditional use permitting process that these citizens fought so hard to protect by referring the proposed Shape Places Zoning Ordinances will simply be a rubber stamp for Mayor Huether’s agenda. “Trust the process,” MMM told them. That certainly isn’t how “the process” is intended to work, but whatever Mikey likes, apparently Mikey gets.
Based on this, these citizens have only one option, a referendum of Tuesday night’s decision.
August 6th, 2013 — Boner, Cartoon, Cartoonists, Mayor Hubris, Mayor Subprime Mike Huether, Mike Huether, SF City Council, Sioux Falls, Walfart
August 6th, 2013 — SF City Council, Sioux Falls, Walfart
The vote went like this;
Anderson,Staggers, Aguliar, Entenman, Karsky, Rolfing, Erpenbach; YES
There was incredible debate tonight. I watched half of it playing out on my phone, thanks to Guest Poster and the other half at home in the comfort of my office. I have a feeling if I would have shown up, I would have went off.
I knew how this was going to roll, we know who owns our council now. I wonder if Lloyd companies will get them all complimentary polo shirts and WM smocks for future council meetings.
August 6th, 2013 — Photography, Walfart