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Walnut studies sport vehicle ordinance

Published: Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013 4:04 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013 4:05 p.m. CDT

WALNUT— Regulating sport vehicles within the village was on the agenda for the Walnut Village Board.

At its Dec. 2 regular meeting, the Walnut Village Board voted to take the next step to possibly passing a sport vehicle ordinance.

Board members have had an opportunity to review ordinances from some other area villages. Copies of these ordinances had been obtained by Police Chief Thomas Ptasnik and provided to the board members at the Nov. 18 meeting. At that time, it was agreed the matter would be tabled until the first December meeting to allow time for the review of the provided ordinances.

It was the opinion of Ptasnik that if the board does plan to pursue this ordinance, he felt it should be done in the near future.

A motion was then proposed to pursue the ordinance by contacting the village attorney, Rob LaSage of Sterling, provide LaSage with copies of the ordinances reviewed by the board and ask him to prepare a comprehensive ordinance for review by the board for possible enactment. This motion was passed by the board members present.

Trustee Deb Quinn, Streets and Alleys Committee chairperson, gave a report on the recent meeting held by that committee. The committee is working on setting up a rotation to seal coat and chip village streets. This rotation will be set up, and the streets with the greatest need for seal coating would be at the top of the rotation. The same type of rotation schedule is being looked at for needed work on the village alleys. This committee will continue to work on these schedules during the coming months for implementation in the spring.

Superintendent Carl Minks reported there had been a water main break at the corner of Main and Second streets. Minks said the water supply for those affected by the break has been rerouted, and water service has been restored. Additional repairs will need to be made in the spring or summer, but the current solution will solve the supply problem in the interim.

Village Clerk Tiffany Pistole addressed the board regarding holiday hours for village businesses serving alcohol. Pistole proposed the same hours as were implemented for the holidays in 2012, which included Christmas Eve at 6 p.m., which would be the time for the last alcohol sales; establishments would be given one-half hour to clear the premises; New Year’s Eve – 2 a.m. would be the final alcohol sales; establishments would be given the same one-half hour to clear the premises. The board voted to re-enact these same hours for the upcoming Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve 2013 holidays.

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