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Liberty-Main vacant lot to become green space

Village asked to provide water for lawn irrigation

WALNUT — It was reported to the Walnut Village Board at its May 7 meeting that the Liberty and Main Committee within the village has decided that the vacant lot at Liberty and Main streets will become green space.

With donated labor and materials including leveling the site, top soil, seed and irrigation equipment, the site will be a green space addition to the community.

The Liberty and Main Committee has asked the village to install a water meter somewhere on the property so that the space can be irrigated especially during the process of planting grass seed.

The lot was formerly occupied by an old, large brick commercial building that had deteriorated to the point where it had to be demolished.

In other business, the board decided not renew the contract previously held with the Bureau County Animal Control. The benefits of the animal control contract had only been used two or three times during the past three years, and therefore the village did not feel the expense of a monthly contract was viable.

The village is discussing some options for tagging animals in the village, but no decision was reached on that proposal. The tagging, if done, would only be used as a means to identify an animal running loose and its owner.

Village Treasurer Autumn Wolf said she is working with Mediacom and Frontier to try to lower the phone and internet bill for the maintenance building. A decision will be made soon on whether to continue the Mediacom service or switch to a different provider.

The next meeting of the village board is scheduled for 7 p.m. May 21 in the village meeting room.

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