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Walnut OKs new fiscal budget

WALNUT — A new budget is on the books for the village of Walnut.

At its meeting Tuesday evening, the Walnut Village Board approved its budget for the fiscal year, which begins May 1, and ends April 30, 2018.

This new $882,200 budget was presented by village treasurer Autumn Wolf and represents a $95,400 decrease from the village's budget last year.

After unanimously approving the new budget, village President Dennis Grobe and the entire board commended Wolf for her work on this new budget. Grobe also thanked the financial committee for its work in making significant cuts in the total budget number. This budget will allow the village to move forward with some much-needed projects.

Also at the meeting, Walnut Superintendent Carl Minks presented two bids for the sidewalk repair project at 101 N. Main St. This project is near the Professional Building and will allow the sidewalk to be handicapped accessible.

V & C Construction, Walnut, submitted a bid for $990. A second bid from Harry Pollock, Deer Grove, was received for $300 plus the purchase of one yard of cement. Minks said both bids require village maintenance staff to cut out and remove the portion of the sidewalk being replaced. Pollock won the bid, and the one yard of cement will be billed directly to the village.

In other business:

• Ryan Rosenthal, chairperson of the Local Improvement Committee, reported to the board on the progress of the mapping project underway in the village. The initial five sessions for the mapping project have been completed, and there is continued enthusiasm for the project. A town meeting is being planned for June 12. A location for that meeting has yet to be determined, but there will be advertising of various kinds announcing this meeting. The mapping steering committee is hoping for a large community turnout for this meeting. A Walnut Mapping Facebook page is in the process of being created and will provide social media access to assist in keeping everyone informed.

Six focus areas have been established for the mapping project. These are: Industry, beautification, sports and Recreation, dining and Retail, housing and Events. Several of these areas are hoping for “quick-win” actions that will help to keep momentum going for the entire project.

• Walnut Police Chief Glenn Lawson said he will be presenting at the next board meeting revised and updated liquor ordinances. These will be provided to the board for their review and discussion.

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