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'Save Our Neighborhood' group and Walmart react to city's verification of petition

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The battle for a proposed development at 85th and Minnesota continues.

The City Clerk's office has verified enough signatures, which were brought into question by Walmart, to put the question on a petition of what happens to that land in the hands of voters city wide.

KSFY News reached out to get reaction from both sides.

It may seem as though the neighbors won this round but the group 'Save Our Neighborhood'  says whether you live near the area of the proposed Walmart or not, this is a win for everyone.

They believe it's important for people across the city to have the chance to vote on the rezoning.

City Clerk Lorie Hogstad said the count is in, within these binders.

"It was a very lengthy process, I totaled about 160 hours in about five weeks," Hogstad said.

'Save Our Neighborhood' spokesperson Dana Palmer said "really relieved obviously, very pleased that the signature count was where we expected it to be, and really thankful for Lorie over at the clerk's office that she put in as much work as she had to put in."

With more than 5,300 petition signatures verified, the future of this land at 85th and Minnesota and this neighborhood will be determined by voters.

"All the people who signed the petition who were from around the city, and not just our neighborhood, indicated that they do want this to go to a city vote. So we're obviously very pleased that we will get that opportunity," Palmer said.

So what does Walmart think about this petition affecting its plans? A spokesperson released a statement which reads "we appreciate the opportunity for a detailed review of petition signatures and look forward to hearing from Sioux Falls voters."

Which Palmer and her group 'Save Our Neighborhood' are looking forward to as well.

"That's why its a city wide issue and not just a neighborhood issue. because if this can happen to us then it can happen, then it can certainly happen to anyone else in the city," Palmer said.

The city clerk said Walmart questioned more than 2,000 signatures collected in the petition.

But even with throwing out the discounted signatures, the group had more than the 5,100 needed to put the zoning issue on the ballot in April.

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