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Walnut reports successful Take Back Day

WALNUT — The drug Take Back Day was a success, according to Walnut Police Chief Tom Ptasnik.

At this week’s Walnut Village Board meeting, Ptasnik reported the success of his department’s second drug Take Back Day held April 26. Ptasnik was very pleased with the amount of prescription and over-the-counter medications that were turned in to be disposed of.

Ptasnik reported the one-day event took in 16 pounds of pills ranging from liquid morphine to non-prescription suffedrine. These pills will be turned over to the Illinois Drug Enforcement Agency (IDEA) which is responsible for disposal.

Ptasnik also stated that if a community member missed the drug Take Back Day, the resident can turn in the drugs to him, and he will take them to the Princeton Police Department. That department is the local pick up location for the IDEA.

In other police business, Ptasnik presented to the board a resolution he had received from the Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System (ILEAS). This resolution, if accepted by the board, would allow for the Walnut community to receive assistance during times of emergency. By being a part of this system, Walnut could receive aid and also could be asked to provide equipment or personnel to other Illinois communities facing emergency situations. The resolution further allows for reimbursement to the town if their personnel or equipment are used. The resolution passed unanimously.

In other village business, Superintendent Carl Minks said a decision has been reached on how to deal with the sewer line problem his department has been dealing with on Meltzer Street. Minks has had a camera dropped down in the line and because of extensive tree root infiltration into the clay line, it has been determined a new line using plastic piping will be laid in the problem area. This will need to be done by an outside contractor as the line has to be laid using laser equipment to get the proper drainage drop. Minks is hopeful this new line will be completed in the coming months. For now, his department has the line working, but it is only a temporary fix to the continuing problem.

Finance Committee Chairman Lee Sarver reported the village has received the First Quarter 2014 payment from Mediacom in the amount of $1,900. Sarver also scheduled a meeting of the Finance Committee for 7 p.m. May 14 at the Village Hall. A meeting of the Streets and Alleys Committee is scheduled for 5 p.m. May 15, and a meeting of the Local Improvement Committee will be held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Village Hall.

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