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Vacancies in Walnut

Village board has several seats to fill

WALNUT — Walnut Village Board Trustee Aaron Staker submitted a letter of resignation to Acting Board President Dennis Grobe at the board’s meeting Monday night.

Staker, Walnut’s newest elected board trustee, submitted his letter of resignation. Because of career requirements, Staker is unable to continue as an active member of the board.

Grobe will immediately begin the search for Staker’s replacement.

Tiffany Pistole, village clerk, requested the board address the vacancies currently existing on some village board. These include two vacancies on the zoning board, one vacancy on the planning board and one on the Village Board of Appeals. Pistole urged the board to try to fill these vacancies as she has received some questions from village residents that should be referred for discussion by one or more of these boards and could require meetings to be held. Grobe urged the members of the board to present names to him of possible candidates.

Pistole also reported to the board that Julie VonHolten, chairperson for the annual 5K run held in conjunction with the July 4 celebration, has notified the clerk the race will be held on July 5, beginning at 8 a.m. VonHolten will be contacting the Walnut Police chief and village superintendent regarding setting up the race route and necessary barricades.

Also presented by Pistole was information regarding the proposed joint Facebook page between the village board and the Walnut Chamber of Commerce. Pistole had contacted village attorney Rob LaSage, and he advised the village not pursue this joint venture. He further recommended the village request that if the Chamber does build a Facebook page, there be an inclusion on that page stating the page is being maintained by the Chamber. The board agreed to make this request of the Chamber.

Board member Lee Sarver reported a large water leak has been discovered, and it is believed this leak is the cause of the village losing 60,000 gallons of water per day during the last few weeks. The leak was repaired on March 3.

The Law and Order Committee will be scheduling a meeting within two weeks to discuss both the proposed new squad car purchase and also the upgrading of the radio equipment for the village.

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