Group of New Berlin residents oppose new Wal-Mart

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by Matt Doyle
by Chris Patterson

NEW BERLIN -- A controversial plan to build a new super-sized Wal-Mart in New Berlin is about to take another step forward, and residents are on both sides of the issue.

Earlier this month, the City of New Berlin Plan Commission recommended changing zoning, and the city's comprehensive land use plan. The common council is expected to approve that plan during their August 27th meeting.

Neighbors First New Berlin, a non-profit community group, strongly opposes the new Wal-Mart. They filed a lawsuit saying the city didn't give enough notice for initial hearings. The group tells CBS 58 they've collected more than 2,300 signatures on their petition. Bob Wernicke from Neighbors First New Berlin says, "The corporation Walmart itself is very adept at getting into a community, influencing the council members or whatever the city happens to have as a governing body to get their way with them."

New Berlin resident Pat Reinke supports a new Wal-Mart coming to the area. She says, "There's 40,000 people in New Berlin. They don't have all those people's answers."

The New Berlin Common Council will allow public input before voting. The meeting starts at 7:00 p.m.

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