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Walnut/Chamber work together

Membership drive and survey being developed

WALNUT— The Walnut Chamber of Commerce members addressed the village board regarding a survey for residents.

Walnut Chamber of Commerce members Lori Wood and Brian Smith previously asked the Walnut Village Board to review a proposed community survey that was developed as a result of an open forum community meeting held in August 2013. The Chamber members are hoping to have the survey out in the coming weeks. 

It is the intention of the Chamber to distribute membership letters to all Walnut residents and the upcoming community survey will be mentioned in this letter. The board reviewed the letter being sent by the Chamber and had no problem with its content.

It was agreed village board members will review the draft of the survey and will provide to the Walnut Village Clerk any revisions they feel are required prior to the survey being distributed. The clerk will then compile these changes and provide them to the Chamber representatives. At its Feb. 3 meeting, it’s expected the village board and the Chamber will reach an agreement on the content of the survey.

The final survey will be printed in the Walnut Leader, and individual copies will be available for pickup at the banks and at the village office. The village office will also be the collection point for the completed surveys.

The Chamber representatives also requested to receive a copy of the addresses used by the village clerk for the distribution of water bills. This list will provide an additional resource for the Chamber to use in preparing its membership letter for distribution. The village board and clerk will be providing this information to the Chamber.

Police Chief Tom Ptasnik provided two additional bids for the possible purchase of a new police squad car for the village. Ptasnik had previously provided one bid and had been asked to obtain additional proposals. The three bids will be reviewed by the Law and Order Committee, and a recommendation will be made to the board at an upcoming meeting.

Ptasnik also discussed the need for possibly upgrading the department’s radio system or the need to purchase some additional equipment to improve the function of their car and portable police radios. Walnut is the only area community using UHF band for its police radios. All other communities and the Bureau County Sheriff’s Department are using VHF as their radio source.

The board requested Ptasnik gather all needed information for upgrading the current system and also asked him to research prices to bring Walnut in line with all the other police agencies in the area. This information will be presented to the Law and Order Committee within the next two weeks. The committee will then provide a recommendation to the board for the most viable option for Walnut.

In other business, Superintendent Carl Minks related the seal coat project for village streets has been submitted to the Illinois Department of Transportation, and he is waiting for further information from the county on their bid letting. Information on the grinding of alleys will be ready for review at the next board meeting.

Minks and his crew were commended on their work with snowplowing thus far this winter. The board thanked them for their services to keep the streets clear.

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