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Published: Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014 2:56 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014 2:58 p.m. CDT

WALNUT— Superintendent Carl Minks reported to the board the bid he received for reclaiming of some village alleys.

Minks has been working to obtain a bid from McDonald Trucking and Paving of Ohio, Ill., for the reclaiming, reshaping and compaction of several alleys within the village. The bid in the amount of $10,032 was approved unanimously at its Feb. 3 meeting.

This bid does not include the seal coating of these alleys. That portion of the alley project was included in the county bid letting for seal coating projects. The bid letting date has not been received as of yet, but Minks is hopeful that a cost-effective bid will be received, as it was included in the larger seal coat package for the entire county.

After this entire alley project is completed, including the seal coating, these alleys will be available for use by cars only. Village garbage trucks will not be allowed on these reconstructed alleys.

Lori Wood, representative from the Walnut Chamber of Commerce, attended the meeting to ask the board about the status of the revisions to be done on the proposed community survey. This survey had previously been presented to the board for approval or possible revisions. Acting board President, Dennis Grobe requested Wood contact him on Feb. 4, and he will provide her with the changes the board recommends. Wood agreed to do that and further stated the Chamber of Commerce will be sending out its membership letter to all village residents in the local mail on Feb. 8.

Walnut Police Chief Tom Ptasnik requested he be given permission to have a vendor representative attend the next Law and Order Committee meeting to discuss the upgrading of the village police radio equipment and system. The board agreed to have Ptasnik make arrangements for this representative. The Law and Order Committee will be meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the village meeting room.

Ptasnik also mentioned he had again contacted the local Ford dealer, Fisch Motors, and verified their bid on a new Ford squad car was $28,000. Previously, bids had been received from a Ford dealer in DeKalb which is assigned by the state contract for squad cars, and also from a Dodge dealer. Those two bids are in the amount of $24,000 and $22,000, respectively. The Ford vehicles have more interior room and are all-wheel drive, and the Dodge vehicle would be equipped with a larger engine.

The board is still considering this purchase and will discuss it at the scheduled Law and Order Committee meeting.

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