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Editor’s note: The editor's pick for the top story of 2012 in Copley-Fairlawn is the Rothrock Road, Walmart relocation controversy.

Rothrock Road, Walmart relocation controversy continues

No date is set for a gate on Rothrock Road to be activated in order to limit traffic into Fairlawn from a proposed site for a 40-acre Copley township location for a new Walmart and Sam's Club.

Earlier this month Fairlawn Mayor Bill Roth said the gate's activation was delayed to give emergency responders time to train with its use and denied its installation is connected to a lawsuit to thwart moving the stores from Fairlawn’s Rosemont Commons west to the Rothrock Road site, less than a mile apart.

Even though not a shovel of dirt has been turned, the proposal has been mired in controversy since November 2010 when the proposal was unveiled to build new stores in Copley.

The proposal to move the stores remains an open rift between Copley and Fairlawn.