The saga of the south side Walmart continues.
Monday, Walmart and the Homan family, owners of the property, fought back by filing an affidavit stating that 2,084 of 6,362 signatures collected to put the issue to a public vote are not valid.
Neither side seems surprised that the Walmart war will wage on, but now it will be left up to the law to determine the next course of action.
"The whole process is going to take several weeks. You can imagine going through over 6000 signatures very methodically, very meticulously," said Lorie Hogstad, City Clerk of Sioux Falls.
It a lot of work, and it has some annoyed.
"It is a little bit frustrating because it does delay the process a little bit more and it's frustrating that I think they're trying to squelch the voice of the public," said Dana Palmer, spokesperson for Save Our Neighborhood.
It will now be up to the City Clerk to evaluate and verify the petition signatures.
"I have to follow the law to the letter, it's very black and white," said Hogstad.
"A lot of the signatures that they think are invalid, will be upheld as valid. I think they are trying to invalidate some of the signatures on very minor technicalities," said Palmer.
"We look to make sure they printed and signed, but what we will look for is on the voter registration records, are they actually a registered voter in the city of Sioux Falls. And then also, if someone simply didn't sign or didn't print their name, then that one could potentially be disqualified," said Hogstad.
But members of Save Our Neighborhood think the vast majority of signatures will hold up.
"First and foremost we asked are you a registered voter in Minnehaha or Lincoln county, and do you live in the city limits of Sioux Falls," said Palmer.
Palmer says the public needs to have their input and they just may, if the petition allows the matter to make it to a vote.
"I'll submit my findings in writing and then it will be up to the involved parties to determine what their next step will be," said Hogstad.
The Homan family has issued the following statement, "The south side of Sioux Falls is a logical place for future development and we appreciate the city council's thoughtful respect of our right to develop our property in a way that benefits this area."