You know the old adage, 'you can't fight city hall'?
Some south Sioux Falls neighbors are giving it their all. In fact, they filed a lawsuit.
The group 'Save Our Neighborhood' filed suit against the city of Sioux Falls and its city council. They want to stop Walmart from putting a giant supercenter in their neighborhood.
They say they just want their voices heard. So they're putting their money where their mouths are and they want to force the city to follow the law when it comes zoning and annexing the land for the proposed Walmart.
And for these neighbors, filing this lawsuit is one way to do it.
These neighbors are sticking together, to fight city hall, with a lawsuit.
Neighbor Dana Palmer said "we're ready, willing and able to do what ever it takes, it's also unfortunate I think, that the city has to expend its funds in defending this lawsuit because we did bring this up numerous times."
'Save Our Neighborhood' filed the suit to prevent the city from making it possible for Walmart to build on this empty lot, right across the street from their neighborhood.
"Mayor Huether has told us and the citizens of Sioux Falls, a number of times, trust in the process, well the problem is the very process we were supposed trust in, hasn't been followed in this case," Palmer said.
The lawsuit seeks to force the city to follow the proper channels to annex and zone this plot of Lincoln County land.
"We think that the city made a misstep when they didn't seek the Lincoln County commission approval. We brought that to their attention and they chose to proceed nonetheless, construing the statute in a way that we don't construe it so does bring the process back to square one if the court agrees with us," Palmer said.
For now, Dana remains confident the neighbors have a fighting chance to save their neighborhood from more development.
"The way I read the statute, it's very clear. Lincoln County is required to provide it's approval for annexation, other people may read the statute differently but from where we stand the statute is very clear," Palmer said.
Dana also tells us this isn't about Walmart.
She says the neighbors would welcome it if it weren't a huge supercenter.
Walmart says the proposed store will be 180,000 square feet in size.
Friday, August 1 2014 10:19 PM EDT2014-08-02 02:19:37 GMT
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