WALNUT — The Walnut Village Board passed two new ordinances affecting local businesses and those soliciting within the village limits.
Earlier in the month at its May 2 board meeting, the Walnut Village Board passed motions regarding the retail sale of alcohol and the bar sales of alcohol. New ordinances regarding these changes were signed at the board's May 17 meeting.
Beginning with this signing, sales of alcohol can be made within the village beginning at 6:01 a.m. every day of the week, and bar establishments may serve alcohol until 2 a.m.
The new ordinance is available for review at the village office.
The board also approved a “peddler’s permit” ordinance providing a $20 fee for anyone trying to solicit within the village. This new ordinance also provides that the Walnut Police Department may conduct a background check on any person or persons applying for this permit. The department has up to 10 days to conduct and receive this background check and then allow or disallow the permit to be issued. The penalty for soliciting without a permit can carry a fine of up to $750. This new ordinance will also be available for review at the village office.
Also at the meeting, village board member Ryan Rosenthal gave an update on coming events being held in conjunction with the ongoing mapping project being conducted within the village. Rosenthal said a Facebook page has been created named “Working on Walnut" (W.O.W.). This Facebook page will contain information as events are scheduled and projects completed.
The first event scheduled is a Nerf War for adults and children scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, May 27. This is being held at Blue Raider Park (formerly the football field). Flyers are available at numerous businesses and have been distributed at the Bureau Valley North Elementary School.
On June 3, the Walnut Public Library is holding an Art Auction fundraiser at the Green River Country Club. Various artistic and craft items will be available for auction. The library is hoping to raise funds for a new roof and possibly new windows for the library building. Additional information regarding this fundraiser is available at the library, the country club and other business establishments in town.
The board also learned a ribbon cutting for two Free Little Library locations is being held from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, June 11. The two locations are at the Masonic Park and at the park on Depot Street. These little libraries will be offering books, free of charge, with the idea that you donate a book and take a different book to read.
On Monday, June 12, the mapping steering committee will be hosting a pep rally and town meeting. The pep rally will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the outdoor area in front of the Walnut Community Bible Church located at 125 Jackson St. After the rally, the town meeting will begin at 7 p.m. inside the church. Brett Jamison will serve as emcee of the meeting, and presentations will be made by the various mapping committees. This is an opportunity for all community members to hear what is being planned and how everyone can participate. Information will be posted in various locations around the village with additional information about this meeting.
The streets and alleys committee of the village board set a meeting for 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 6; and the water and sewer committee scheduled a meeting for Tuesday, May 23 at 6 p.m.
The next Walnut Village Board meeting is set for Tuesday, June 6.
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