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Walnut’s event deemed a success

Ptasnik: Crowd was the largest he’d ever seen

WALNUT — Walnut Police Chief Tom Ptasnik said all went well during Walnut’s Fourth of July celebration.

Ptasnik said the crowd for the fireworks on July 6 was the largest he has seen in his 11 years as chief. It did take some time to get all of the traffic out of town, but he felt the traffic pattern his department established was successful.

He expressed his thanks to everyone who helped make the Walnut Fourth of July celebration so successful, especially his part-time officers Jeremy Roush, Walt Mack and Chad Winner. He commended Winner for the hours he spent helping with police coverage during the weekend. With his help and the other part-time officers, his department was able to provide 20 hours of coverage out of each 24 hours during that time.

Ptasnik also thanked Superintendent Carl Minks for his department’s assistance with barricades and street cleaning.

In other business, Minks reported to the board the town’s water tower was recently struck by lightning. Some of the water monitoring and police radio equipment located on and in the water tower was damaged. The repairs to the tower equipment are being made, however, some of the parts needed are still on order.

Board member Ryan Rosenthal said the Chamber of Commerce will be setting up meetings with the Local Improvement Committees. This had been put on hold as the Chamber prepared for the July 4 celebration. Rosenthal will be attending those meetings and giving updates to the board.

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