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Employment decisions made at Walnut

Published: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 2:05 p.m. CST • Updated: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 2:09 p.m. CST

WALNUT— Several employment issues were discussed at the Walnut Village Board meeting Monday evening.

Superintendent Carl Minks reported he had received the resignation of Dustin Cassiday, a full-time employee of the village, who reports to Minks. Minks is proposing to hire two part-time individuals to fill this one full-time job. Minks had previously received applications from people interested in that type of position.

Zachary DeMay began working on a part-time basis on Tuesday, and he will continue in that position until the beginning of the new school year in August. The other part-time position will be filled in the very near future.

Police Chief Tom Ptasnik requested and received approval to hire two temporary workers for assistance during the upcoming July 4 celebration. These individuals will be putting up barricades and caution tape and will be assisting with traffic direction during the July 5 parade. These temporary employees will be given reflective vests to insure that they are visible to traffic during the weekend.

The board approved the hiring of all of the above individuals both on a permanent basis and also the temporary employees.

Ptasnik also reported there had been an attempted child abduction within the village recently. Ptasnik is working with federal, state and county agencies with regard to this matter. No other information is currently available for release.

Minks also discussed with the board the possible need to replace the largest lawnmower owned by the village. That mower, used extensively by Minks and his employees, is currently being repaired, and he anticipates additional repairs will be needed during the coming months. This mower was purchased in 2006 and is used at least 40 hours every week. Minks will be obtaining some bids to purchase a new commercial grade mower to replace this aging piece of equipment.

The village also owns two smaller mowers with these two mowers being on a replacement cycle of two years. This is the year for the mower kept at the cemetery to be replaced. Minks will also get cost information for this replacement.

Deb Quinn, village trustee and chairperson of the Streets and Alleys Committee, stated Minks has prepared an extensive list of repairs that need to be completed. Street core samples are being gathered as a first step in the process of creating a repair calendar to begin getting these repairs done.

Quinn, also chairperson of the Law and Order Committee, reported this committee will be meeting on the first Monday of each month at 6:15 p.m. at the village hall. The part-time police officers are being encouraged to attend this meeting. Quinn is hopeful this meeting will improve the communication between the board of trustees and the police department.

Village Treasurer Nita VonHolten reminded the board the sewer rate increase will be reflected on the next bill received by village residents. This rate increase was necessary to cover the expense of the upcoming sewer plant improvements.

Guido Ledergerber approached the board regarding the possibility of him striping diagonal parking places outside of his apartment building. After some discussion by the board with Ledergerber, it was agreed he could do this striping, but the board plans to be diligent in making sure the apartment residents are parking legally, not blocking the sidewalk, and not creating a hindrance to snowplow equipment next winter.

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