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Green Bay Ald. Joe Moore has conflict of interest with Walmart issue

Green Bay Alderman Joe Moore (Photo from: greenbaywi.gov).
Green Bay Alderman Joe Moore (Photo from: greenbaywi.gov).

GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - A Green Bay city council member is now being forced to abstain from any further discussions or votes over the Walmart issue.

Alderman Joe Moore has a conflict of interest that has arisen, according to a letter from Green Bay city attorney Tony Wachewicz.

In an interview with WTAQ, Moore says that he decided to recuse himself after hearing from corporate legal counsel at his employer Menards. 

When WTAQ asked if the conflict involved materials for new construction of the proposed 154,000 square foot store in downtown Green Bay, Moore would not comment.

Moore also declined comment on the timing of the recusal, after already casting a vote back on March 4 when the city council approved the "downtown" designation. Walmart was hoping to amend the city's Smart Growth 2022 Comprehensive Plan as a retail site.

Alderman Moore would not provide any further comment on the issue. This move comes a day after Moore met with Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt and the city's planning department about other "options" for the Larsen Green site.