Walnut Village Board
WALNUT — The Walnut Village Board took action on the following items at its meeting March 19.
• Approved payment of bills in the amount of $3,657.74.
• Approved sponsoring part-time police training for Josh Pistole. Pistole had approached Chief Tom Ptasnik in regards to being hired on as a part-time police officer and attending police training school. The Law & Order Committee recommended the motion because it would be beneficial to Ptasnik and the town to have another officer who is a resident in the town to respond to calls.
• Accepted the bid from Pavement Maintenance to seal coat South Main Street from Heaton Street to Henpeck Road, Liberty Street from Main Street to Wyanet/Walnut Street, and Red Oak Road from Main Street to Route 92. The bid was the lowest bid received and was under under the engineer’s estimate of $80,160.
• Approved allowing the treasurer to attend a NCICG Revolving Loan Fund seminar.
• Directed the clerk to contact the village attorney on how to put a lot back up for bid. Lot 1 of the McDonald Subdivision belongs to Dave Garland, who decided to sell the lot he purchased in 2008 back to the village.
• Discussed the burn ordinance, which will soon be ready to be put in effect.
• Approved a donation of $250 to the American Legion for the purchase of Flags for the Avenue of Flags. The motion was approved on a 5-1 vote with Lori Wilkinson voting against the motion.
• Heard the Finance Committee recommends the board review having a utility tax on electricity and gas, and raising the fees for liquor license and building permits. Committee Chairman Wilkinson said the Finance Committee also discussed repairs to the water tower, sewer plant and the backhoe; how the increase in the cost of garbage pick-up is costing more than what the village gets from residents’ payments and property taxes; and the possibility of grant money for repairs of water tower and sewer plant.
• Heard from Garbage Committee Chairman Deb Quinn about the committee’s recommendation to increase garbage and recycling collection by $3 per month per household. The committee also recommended changes in the fees for the spring clean-up/collection, including an increase in general items from $10 (unlimited) to $20; an increase in appliances, overstuffed chairs, sofas, mattresses/bedsprings from $10 to $20; and an increase in appliances with freon from $15 to $30.
• Heard from Cemetery Committee Chairman Duane Christensen about the committee’s recommendation to increase the price of grave openings from $330 with $50 more on Sunday to $500 during weekdays and $700 on weekends and holidays. The committee also recommended increasing the rising of cemetery lots from $150 to $300 for a single lot. The committee also discussed getting bronze plaques that can be put in concrete to be able to see some of the “old side” grave markers that were made from sandstone, and the trees at the cemetery are in need of attention.
• Approved having the 5K run the weekend of the Walnut Celebration Days.