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Grant money will be used for water tower improvement project

WALNUT—The Walnut Village Board has agreed on the use of the $50,000 grant received from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Development.

As announced at the Aug. 4 board meeting, the grant funds could be used for any current capital improvement project or could be applied to a project completed within the previous 18 months. The village had originally applied for the grant in 2009.

At Tuesday’s meeting, the board decided by unanimous vote of the trustees present to use the grant money for the water tower improvement project, completed in spring 2014 at a cost of $60,000. The funds, when received, would be paid into the Water and Sewer account as a partial reimbursement of the funds spent on the water tower.

In additional tabled business from the Aug. 4 meeting, Acting Board President Dennis Grobe asked if all board members had taken the opportunity to review the proposed ordinance for the operation of non-highway vehicles within the village limits. All members had reviewed the ordinance and questioned whether the stipulation regarding the police chief, or his designate, inspecting the vehicles was presenting a hardship to the police department.

In response, Police Chief Tom Ptasnik said he did not feel this would be a problem but he would require the vehicle to be brought to the village hall or other designated area, rather than the police going to the location of the vehicle. The board accepted this as a valid condition.

After additional discussion, the board adopted the new ordinance on a 3-2 vote. After the vote, the board stressed citations will be issued for violations of traffic rules.

Ptasnik also presented a proposal to the board for the purchase of at least one new taser for use by the department. A new X26P taser would cost $855 with this particular model being able to use the current supply of cartridges. The police department currently has one working taser, which could be traded in on the new one with the village receiving $163 for the trade-in, the police chief said.

The board questioned if this transaction would give the police department one or two operating tasers. Ptasnik said this would give the department one taser. After further discussion, the board agreed to buy two new tasers and trade in one.

Superintendent Carl Minks brought to the board meeting two quotes for the purchase of two new mowers for the village. Both quotes were for 52-inch and 61-inch mowers. The first quote was for Ferris brand mowers and was in the amount of $21,515 from Peabody’s Equipment in Sterling. The second quote, in the amount of $22,575, was from Sublette Mechanical in Dixon for Skaggs brand mowers.

Board member Tom Stone asked the approval for the purchase of new mowers be tabled until the Sept. 2 board meeting so board members would have the opportunity to see the proposed mowers prior to making a decision. The board agreed to table this issue until the next meeting.

Grobe requested the Law and Order Committee have a meeting in the next week, which was then scheduled for Aug. 27 at 5:30 p.m. at the village meeting room.

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