The City Council is set to vote this morning on a proposed 380 agreement with developer Michael Ainbinder, who plans to build a Walmart near the Heights.
The vote could technically be delayed another week, but Mayor Parker said yesterday if a council member tries to do that, she'd overrule the move.
So we expect a vote, and let's get started.
10:19 a.m.: Nope, and the meeting is over.
10:11 a.m.: The TV News cameras just rolled in. Wonder if any council members will start talking Walmart now.
10:03 a.m.: Parker said she's appearing on ESPN later this afternoon with the Dallas mayor for a little "smackdown" before Sunday's Texans/Cowboys game. More Walmart please.
9:53 a.m.: Noriega is asking anyone who has additional concerns or questions about the Ainbinder agreement to contact her office. Yikes.
9:43 a.m.: Council members and the mayor are now praising
Metro and its new president, George Greanias. Surely Noriega or Gonzalez
will have something to say about Walmart.
9:38 a.m.: Maybe
all the anti-Walmart people who showed up yesterday are out protesting
somewhere else, because they're not here. We don't even see Nick Urbano,
president of the anti-Walmart group.
9:35 a.m.: And
Councilmember C.O. Bradford is the first. He said he has concerns about
the process, and he thinks there's a level of comfort among city
departments that think if an item simply gets on the council agenda, it
will pass. Wait... Bradford voted Yes!
The mayor said that is was "almost scary" how
fast that happened. Hair Balls is sticking around to see if any council
members want to talk about it after-the-fact.
The 380 agreement is approved. All council members are present, but
other than Clutterbuck, no one spoke. Only Councilmembers Jones, Melissa
Noriega and Ed Gonzalez -- the Walmart is going in his district --
voted "No." Mayor Parker voted "Yes."
Clutterbuck's amendments pass. The sentence we mentioned in yesterday's coverage
9:16 a.m.: Vote
Jolanda Jones Wanda Adams calls for a "public roll-call vote."
Councilmember Anne Clutterbuck is trying to amend the 380 agreement to
give the mayor more control, and to put a cap on the reimbursement at $6
9:11 a.m.: Getting close. The anti-Walmart crowd did not turn out like it did yesterday.
8:59 a.m: There's
plenty of business on this agenda before the Ainbinder item, so it
could be a little while -- 15 minutes or so -- before the real action