Annexation of proposed Wal-Mart site moves forward

Patrick Fisher, Staff Writer

The New Prague City Council had three options to consider Monday regarding the annexation of 75 acres of land on the west side of town where a proposed Wal-Mart Supercenter would be built.

By a 3-2 vote, the council approved the annexation, pending completion of a favorable Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) and Utility Feasibility Study. This option allows the city some leverage in not allowing the annexation until any potential issues are addressed.

The other options were to approve the annexation without any contingencies or to deny the annexation.

Councilmember Kay Wilcox noted that the Wal-Mart would provide more than 200 jobs to the area. She listed various people who might be looking for employment close by, high school students, women, people needing a second income and retired individuals who want something part-time. Wilcox also pointed out there are people already going to Wal-Mart in other communities and for one to be in town would be a positive for New Prague.

Councilmember Jennifer Flicek agreed and noted it would likely help with the surplus of houses the community currently has.

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