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Top cop in Walnut administered oath of office

New lawman begins duties immediately

Dennis Grobe
Walnut village president
Dennis Grobe Walnut village president

WALNUT — Walnut Village Board President Dennis Grobe swore in new police chief Kevin Cox at the July 2 meeting.

Cox, originally from McHenry, began his duties immediately.

The board welcomed Cox and wished him much success in his new position.

Carl Minks, village superintendent, discussed the insurance claim for the fire-damaged street sweeper. He had been able to obtain a claim amount from the insurance company of $9,200. This is an increase from the original amount that the insurance company had offered. This offer includes the village retaining the damaged sweeper and it will be the board’s decision whether to repair the sweeper or sell it for parts or scrap.

Minks further reported that he had been able to rent the street sweeper owned by the city of Princeton and thereby was able to sweep the streets in preparation for the Walnut Days parade.

It was also stated by Minks that McDonald Trucking and Paving will begin the resurfacing project on Franks Avenue the week of July 8. Traffic will be limited to the residents in that area.

The village employees will be placing caution tape around the empty lot at the corner of Liberty and Main.

Even though grading work has been done, there is a substantial dropoff from the sidewalk to the edge of the lot, so the village warned pedestrians to take appropriate care when in the vicinity.

In another safety matter, the board announced the creek bridge near the park area would be closed to vehicular traffic for the fireworks show.

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