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Crystal Gordon and Jeni Haines, animal welfare activists with the L.A.-based Mercy For Animals, demonstrate outside Watertown's Walmart store Monday morning. Photo: Joanna Richards
Crystal Gordon and Jeni Haines, animal welfare activists with the L.A.-based Mercy For Animals, demonstrate outside Watertown's Walmart store Monday morning. Photo: Joanna Richards

Protesters pressure Watertown Walmart on animal welfare

Animal welfare demonstrators caught motorists' and shoppers' attention Monday morning along Watertown's busy Arsenal Street. A giant balloon showed a bruised and wounded pig confined to a tiny metal crate, and two activists held a sign reading, "Walmart tortures pigs" on the grassy median in front of Watertown's Walmart store.  Go to full article

Walmart septic failed; local leaders in the dark

The Potsdam Courier-Observer broke news yesterday that the septic system of the Walmart Supercenter in Potsdam failed more than three months ago. Since then, Walmart has been trucking thousands of gallons of its sewage almost every day to the wastewater treatment system in Canton.

The retail giant has been in contact with state environmental officials. But local leaders were left in the dark. Now the village of Canton says it will stop accepting the sewage today. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Walmart sues Ticonderoga to lower assessment

The retail giant Walmart is suing the town of Ticonderoga. The lawsuit in State Supreme Court claims the town's $6.9 million assessment of the Walmart Supercenter there is more than twice what it should be. The move comes months before Walmart will have to pay full taxes after 10 years of payments-in-lieu-of-taxes. Walmart has challenged assessments of its big boxes across the country. Ticonderoga town officials say the property's probably undervalued because the assessment was made when the Supercenter opened in 1998. Town Supervisor Bob Dedrick told David Sommerstein he was very surprised.  Go to full article

Saranac Lake caps size of stores

After months of discussion and debate, the Saranac Lake Village Board has enacted a cap on the size of retail stores and shopping centers in the village. The issue of retail size caps has been on the table since Wal-Mart proposed and later withdrew plans for a 121,000 square foot supercenter in the village. The measure approved by a 3-1 vote Monday night institutes a one-year moratorium on large-scale commercial developments to give the village time to complete an updated comprehensive plan and land use code. The village board also voted last night to enact restrictions on the use of outdoor wood boilers. Chris Knight reports.  Go to full article

Pros and cons persist as Walmart opens in Potsdam

The Potsdam Walmart parking lot was jam-packed. The 188,000 sq. ft. Supercenter just outside Potsdam on the main road to Canton opened its doors yesterday. The grand opening ended a decade-long quest to locate in the community. There was a site change, public hearings with volatile exchanges between Walmart foes and friends. There was a court challenge that lasted more than a year, and a dust-up between the village and the retail giant over extending a sewer line to the store. David Sommerstein hit the streets of downtown Potsdam for reaction yesterday. He spoke with Martha Foley.  Go to full article

Saranac Lake debates retail size cap

More than a year after Wal-Mart withdrew its plan for a SuperCenter, the community of Saranac Lake continues to be divided over the issue of big box stores. Last night the village board held a public hearing over whether to adopt a law that would limit the size of retail developments. Jacob Resneck reports.  Go to full article

Potsdam Wants More From Walmart

Trustees of the village of Potsdam voted 4 to 1 yesterday to keep talking to Walmart about extending sewer service to its Supercenter on Route 11. Walmart has offered the village more than $150,000 a year in tax relief. But as David Sommerstein reports, that may not be enough.  Go to full article
A packed meeting on Walmart's offer...
A packed meeting on Walmart's offer...

Residents urge Potsdam to turn down Walmart offer

Village of Potsdam residents gave their elected leaders - and Walmart - an earful last night. Walmart wants to give the village more than $150,000 a year to change its laws and extend its sewer system to a Supercenter under construction outside the village limits. More than 70 people attended a public hearing to weigh in on the proposal. As David Sommerstein reports, most were skeptical and urged trustees to turn down the offer.  Go to full article

Walmart asks for law change, sewer service

Monday night in Potsdam, village residents will get a chance to weigh in on the latest development in the three-year-old Walmart saga. The retail giant has asked the village to extend sewer lines to its future Supercenter on Route 11. The company's offered to pay more than $150,000 a year. But officials fear the move could create sprawl and hurt development inside the village. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Cap on big box retail stores proposed for Saranac Lake

Supporters of a temporary cap on the size of retail stores in Saranac Lake and Harrietstown turned out in force at a public meeting on the issue Tuesday night. Most of the roughly twenty people who spoke supported a proposed two-year size-limit on stores. Individual stores would be capped at 40,000 square feet. Shopping centers would be capped at 68,000 square feet. The proposal comes in the wake of Wal-Mart's failed attempt to locate a super center in Saranac Lake. As Chris Knight reports, town and village leaders are expected to consider implementing the retail cap in the coming weeks.  Go to full article

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