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Gearing up for the Fourth of July

WALNUT — It won’t be long before Walnut’s annual Fourth of July celebration rolls around, and the Walnut Village Board is planning ahead to keep area residents safe.

At the Walnut Village Board meeting this week, the Walnut Police Department has requested the addition of two additional people for assistance during the upcoming Fourth of July celebration.

These two additional hires would work approximately 20 hours each during the celebration. Their assistance will be used for set up of barricades, yellow caution tape and miscellaneous duties. There will be three regular officers on duty during the evening hours and during the parade.

The board approved the hiring of these two temporary additions to the police staff.

The Walnut Budget Committee met earlier in June and presented its appropriations to the board for the next fiscal year. These appropriations were approved at the board’s meeting this week.

The North Central Illinois Council of Governments has sent its annual request for the village to be a member of their organization. It was suggested the request for membership in this organization be tabled for the next board meeting, and at that time, there will be additional discussion regarding this membership.

Also discussed at the meeting was the possible need for an addition to the cemetery ordinances. This addition would pertain to the use of a vault in the burying process. This provision is currently not in the ordinance book. The board will review the need for such an ordinance and discuss at a future board meeting.

The Streets and Alleys Committee reported bids are being sought to reclaim Walnut Street by the former high school building location. These bids will be available by the next board meeting. The grinding and repair of the village alleys was also discussed. New bids will be obtained for the alley project, and it is anticipated this project will be completed Spring 2014.

A public meeting will be planned by the Local Improvement Committee. This meeting will be scheduled in the near future and will provide an opportunity for village residents to voice their ideas to improve their community. This committee is in the process of preparing a proposal to be presented to the board for the establishment of a website for the town. This proposal will include the scope of the website and also the initial cost and maintenance cost for the site.

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