As indicated by the large turnout on Tuesday evening, residents in the area around the proposed Walmart in Jefferson were eager to hear what representatives from Wolverton & Associates had to say about the project. Approximately 200 people turned out at the Jefferson Civic Center to hear about the project and to ask questions. The primary question from most of the people who spoke dealt with the traffic along Old Pendergrass Road and its impact on the schools in the area.
One of the key concerns with the project is that both the entrance and exist would be off of Old Pendergrass Road. The site would not have direct access off of the Hwy. 129 Bypass. Todd DeVos, traffic engineer, said the state DOT won’t allow access off of the Damon Gause Bypass.
The next step is for the request to go to the Jefferson-Talmo Planning Commission on Tuesday, Jan. 15, at 6 p.m. at the civic center. The planning commission will make a recommendation on the request and this will be sent to the Jefferson City Council for discussion at the work session meeting on Feb. 11 and the council will vote on the request at the meeting on Feb. 25. Both of the city council meetings will be at 6 p.m. at the civic center.
Input will be allowed at the planning commission meeting and the council work session, but not at the council meeting on Feb. 25.
For the full story, see the Jan. 9 issue of The Jackson Herald.