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Walnut updates ordinance books

WALNUT — The village of Walnut is getting its village ordinance books updated.

At Monday’s meeting of the Walnut Village Board, Village President Bob Brasen said the village’s ordinance books are getting updated, along with help from the village’s attorney and engineer. While ordinances have been updated throughout the past years, the ordinance books had not been entirely updated since 1996. The actual ordinance code was adopted in 1975. 

The new ordinance books have been prepared with the major change being that the actual books will no longer include the state law for particular offenses. These books will only contain ordinances pertaining to the village of Walnut. This is the first time new ordinance books in their entirety have been prepared since their 1975 adoption.

These new books were approved unanimously by the board. The board also thanked Brasen and all the others who had worked on the preparation of the books. Those wishing to see the books can find three copies in the village office, and a CD has been prepared of the same information that can be loaded onto all computers owned by the village. 

Also, the board approved an ordinance allowing Nicor to continue to use the gas lines that currently run through the village. This 50-year agreement between the village and Nicor allows Nicor to continue to use the gas lines that are in place. The current 50-year agreement will expire at the end of 2013.

In other business:

• The monthly police report was submitted by the Walnut Police chief; the report included 14 calls for service, three arrests and no traffic citations issued.

• Bureau Valley North School has requested and been granted permission to do sidewalk art on April 22.  Grades 3 through 5 will be doing the art on the Main Street sidewalks, and kindergarten through second grade will be creating sidewalk art at Walnut Manor. 

• The board adjourned to closed session to discuss salary matters of village employees.

The next meeting of the Walnut Village Board is set for 7 p.m. April 15 at the Village Hall.

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