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Mediation on noise issues may be last hurdle for proposed Galt Wal-Mart

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Posted: Monday, October 24, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 5:58 am, Mon Oct 24, 2011.

Wal-Mart opponents will sit down with Galt officials for a court-ordered mediation session Friday to discuss possible noise issues. It is the last unresolved issue between city staff and members of the Galt Citizens for Sensible Planning.

The group filed its initial lawsuit against the project two years ago.

In July, the Galt City Council voted to deny an appeal and re-certify a report on how the store would affect the proposed building area. A revised environmental report submitted in June addressed questions concerning how loud it might be when forklifts moved various items such as sod, food or wood.

The group's attorney, William Kopper, said the proposed wall that would be built to keep noise out from the senior citizen community located behind the proposed store on Twin Cities Road and Fermoy Way would not be enough.

Last week, City Manager Jason Behrmann said the court approved the new noise study it took back to court last month and a judge dismissed the suit. However, the opposition group once again filed an appeal and a judge set Friday's mediation date.

Behrmann believes there is a good opportunity for settlement, but it could take more time to complete the mediation process and thus further delay the building of the Walmart.

"We'll know more once we get into settlement discussions," he said.

The item was discussed in closed session at the last City Council meeting on Tuesday.

Reporter Katie Nelson contributed to this report.

Contact reporter Jennifer Bonnett at jenniferb@lodinews.com.

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