Some aldermen wanted to make sure that accepting the grant didn't mean the relationship would go any further.
"I never want to say no to a grant or a gift, and I'm prepared to support this," said Ward 6 Alderman Rebekah Gewirtz, "however, I feel we should make a statement there would be no reciprocation here. It is a big sum of money. Wal-Mart has tried to come to Somerville in the past."
"The issue of Wal-Mart coming is one that concerns me greatly and one that concerns members of the community," she said.
Alderman At-Large William White wanted to assure people there were no strings attached to accepting Wal-Mart's grant. "It does not indicate in any way, shape or form that any gift that goes into the city treasury, that goes to a worthwhile cause, is designed to any way grease the skids or result in any type of reward or favorable action."
Ward 4 Alderman Tony LaFuente said, "I'm not a big fan of Wal-Mart … I'm glad they're not in Somerville, and I hope they never come to Somerville, but I'll certainly, gladly take their money."