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Grobe named village president

WALNUT — The Walnut Village Board nominated and approved a new acting village president at its meeting Monday.

Village Attorney Rob LeSage outlined to the trustees the options available to them regarding the appointment of an acting board president and the options available to someone being nominated and accepting the position.

The acting president will serve until the next general election to be held in two years. If no member of the board of trustees agrees to serve as the acting president, the board can look outside of its own members to select an acting village president. If a member of the board is chosen to serve as the acting president, that individual has two options.  The first option is to resign their seat as a trustee and assume all the powers of the president. The most significant of those powers would be the power of veto. The second option is for the newly-elected acting president to retain his or her position as a trustee. Retaining the trustee position would not allow the acting president to break tie votes or to veto decisions made by the board.

After having heard the explanations given by the LeSage, Dennis Grobe was nominated and elected to the president’s position. Grobe accepted the new position and decided to retain his position as a trustee, retaining his voting power as a trustee.

In additional administrative business, it was explained by LeSage, the acting village president is required, within 60 days, to nominate a candidate to fill the vacancy created by the recent resignation of one of the elected trustees. The attorney suggested Grobe should nominate a candidate at the May 20 meeting. For approval, the nominated candidate will need to receive a majority of the voteds from the trustees present.

In other business:

• The Walnut Police Chief reported during the month of April, his department received 19 calls; no criminal arrests were made as a result of those calls. His department also made four speeding stops and issued written warnings in each of those incidents.

• Superintendent Carl Minks brought to the board information about the cost of replacing the current backhoe owned by the village. Minks has learned, because of government discounts of 20 percent, it may be more reasonable to purchase a new backhoe rather than a used piece of equipment. The cost of a new backhoe would be more than $60,000. 

Trustee Aaron Staker questioned what the problems were with the current backhoe.  Minks said there were numerous items that needed to be prepared. Staker proposed Minks ascertain the cost of such repairs and present that information to the board before a decision is made regarding purchasing a new backhoe. This was agreed on by the board, and Minks was charged with the task of getting estimates for backhoe repairs.

• After discussion with Minks, the village put up for sale the sewer jetter that is currently owned by the village. The decision was made to put the jetter out for sealed bids with a minimum bid to be agreed upon prior to advertising.

• The village clerk reminded the board there is a need to fill open positions on both the zoning and planning boards. The board acknowledged this need and will work to fill these vacancies. 

The next village board meeting is set for May 20.

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