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Walnut prepares for July 4 celebration

Board works on non-highway vehicle ordinance

Published: Wednesday, June 4, 2014 3:45 p.m. CST • Updated: Wednesday, June 4, 2014 3:49 p.m. CST

WALNUT — Lori Wood, representative of the Walnut Chamber of Commerce, was in attendance at the Walnut Village Board meeting to request assistance during the upcoming July 4 celebration.

Wood requested of Walnut Police Chief Tom Ptasnik and the village board that some help be given for the bicycle tour being held on July 6. The tour begins at 9 a.m. on that Sunday morning and will provide participants with an opportunity to tour the surrounding area prior to attending the annual fireworks display held on the evening of July 6. Participants in the tour will need traffic assistance as they will be crossing Route 92 within the village.

Ptasnik and the board agreed to provide this police help as the riders cross the highway.

Wood further stated this bicycle event on Sunday morning and the Little Miss Independence event to be held on July 3 are new events for the celebration and are being sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce.

In other business from Ptasnik, he stated the radios and repeaters previously purchased from and installed by Radio Ranch, Inc. of Rock Falls will be fully operational by Friday. Ptasnik and the other officers have been testing the equipment and are very happy with the performance thus far.

Board member Deb Quinn gave a report on the recent Streets and Alleys Committee meeting. Quinn stated Superintendent Carl Minks will be compiling a list of priority projects with regard to the improvement of the streets and alleys within the village. Minks will also be contacting Willett & Hoffman Engineers of Dixon to obtain an updated cost of improving West Walnut Street. The improvement of this street was promised to the residents when homes were built on the former high school football field.

Minks also commented the village alleys will be sealcoated after the Fourth of July celebration.

Another meeting of the Streets and Alleys Committee has been scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday. Minks will be presenting his list of priority projects to the committee at this meeting.

Village Attorney Rob LaSage of Rock Falls had prepared and forwarded to acting board President, Dennis Grobe a new village ordinance covering non-highway vehicles operating within the village limits.

After discussion by the board, it was decided to have LaSage revise the proposed ordinance to state that such vehicles would need to have working turn signals, or operators of these vehicles would need to use hand turn signals and also that the vehicles would need to be registered with the village (for a fee) and display a sticker. Grobe agreed to contact LaSage and have these changes made prior to the next board meeting. At that meeting it is expected the board will vote whether or not to enact this revised ordinance.

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