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Demolished building site sold to community groups

Lot will now be developed into ‘Liberty Square’

Efforts are being made to establish a lawn at the future "Liberty Square" in Walnut, with evening watering taking place Thursday on the straw-covered lot that was formerly the site of the Fritz building.
Efforts are being made to establish a lawn at the future "Liberty Square" in Walnut, with evening watering taking place Thursday on the straw-covered lot that was formerly the site of the Fritz building.

WALNUT — The Walnut Board approved the purchase of the Liberty and Main lot, formerly home of the demolished Fritz building, by the Walnut Main Street Revitalization group and the Liberty and Main Committee.

The bid of $1 was the only bid received in the sealed bid procedure. The board approved the sale and is looking forward to these groups transforming this area into “Liberty Square.”

Plans for the Liberty Square project had been presented to the board in a previous meeting.

Mike Mudge from Rock River Energy Services from Oregon, Ill., presented a proposal for a new energy provider contract. The lowest bidder, Dynegy Energy, also the current supplier, will be providing electric and gas services to both the water and sewer plants. This low bid was approved and will be in effect for three years.

Police Chief Kevin Cox provided the board with a revised ordinance governing weeds that grow within the village limits.

The new ordinance deleted the repeat offender clause in the existing ordinance.

Cox also reminded the board that he had sent out to them some new procedures. If none of the board members had questions regarding these procedures, he will begin to implement them. The board was agreeable to these new procedures.

Village Treasurer Autumn Wolf reported that she has been working with Mediacom to reduce the cost of phones at three village facilities. She said she has been successful in obtaining pricing to save the village more than $100 per month on three lines.

With the board’s approval, Wolf will contact Mediacom and start of process of changing the phones over to their service. The board approved this change. All village phones in all facilities will now be provided by Mediacom.

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