Board forming to spend $10K Wal-Mart donation

City officials are looking for community representatives to
participate on an advisory board that will decide how to spend a
$10,000 annual donation from Wal-Mart.
Gilroy – City officials are looking for community representatives to participate on an advisory board that will decide how to spend a $10,000 annual donation from Wal-Mart.

The city has received four applications, including those of Christopher Coté, Barbara DeLorenzo, Katherine Filice, and Joan Spencer.

In addition to three citizen representatives, the advisory board will also include Mayor Al Pinheiro, Councilman Craig Gartman, Wal-Mart Manager Ken Higgins and a “Community Involvement Coordinator” from the store.

The $10,000 “donation” is one of the roughly 40 requirements City Council placed on the retail giant as part of the city’s approval for its new supercenter. The 220,000 square foot space, which combines Wal-Mart’s traditional discount products with grocery offerings, is expected to open in Pacheco Pass Shopping Center in September.

Wal-Mart expects to give an additional $50,000 to local programs based on sales projections, although the advisory board will not have discretion over those funds.

Appointments will be made July 18. City staff will accept applications to serve on the committee through July 11.

Details: Melissa Durkin at 846-0440.

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