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ay August 10, 2016 $I.00 BUSINESS DIRECTORY PAGE 8 ,I,llltll ,4111n ,ltt, ,l-Illllj,,ll 4,,ll,,l:llll tlhlni4tl ADC 553 SMALL TOWN PAPERS INC 217 W COTAST WA . IIILtt!tJtJtJtll!!t!l!l!lltt. Volume No. 31 NUMBER 51 10 PAGES Plus supplements in local edition Serving- Walnut Grove, Westbrook, Currie, Storden, Dovray, and Revere areas By Tom Merchant Sentinel Tribune WALNUT GROVE -- It was a perfect sum- mer night when Walnut Grove citizens celebrated the National Night Out last Tuesday, August 2. The National Night Out is an annual commu- nity building campaign that promotes police - community partnerships and neighborhood cama- raderie to make the neighborhoods safer, and better places to live. The event started at 6:30 p.m. with a potluck supper. The National Night Out committee provided hot dogs, lem- onade, ice cream cups and water for the event. Participants brought a variety of hot dishes and salads for people to enjoy. The food served had an international fla- vor, with the Hmong com- munity bringing some of their Wonderful Asian. ...... The kids were kept foods including delicious entertained playing in the egg rolls. Bounce House, and run- This little girl was having fun along with dozens of other kids run- ning through the water wall set up by the fire department. ning th 0ugh the water Organizers were very pleased for the turnout of people for the Walnut Grove National Night Out last Tuesday in the city park. wall set up by the fire department. The young- sters also had fun shoot- ing the water hose at a wall of 55 gallon drums stacked up. At least 40 kids -- some of all ages -- spent a lot of time run- ning through the water wall. With the warm eve- ning it had to really feel good. The Walnut Grove Ambulance and First Responders also were giv- ing free blood pressure checks and showing the Walnut Grove part of National Community Building Campaign ambulance and its equip- ment. Organizers were very pleased with the turnout for the event, but they would like to have some additional help lining things up so if you are interested in helping with next year's event, stop at the city office for more information. More .Photos on page lO POI, I|I * ItONNIINIYY PAN'I'NININIPO This little guy was enjoying his ice cream cup at the National Night Out. Surface water creating problems on the north end of the city By Tom Merchant Sentinel Tribune WESTBROOK -- City clerk Katie Steen presented a proposed budget for 2017. Her projections for the bud- get local levy is $265,000, that figure is about slightly over 7 percent increase over last years budget of $247,000. The dollar amount of increase is about $18,000. Steen says the city will receive a slight increase of LGA (local govemment aid) of about $1,000. Last year small cities received extra state funding from the legislature to help with city street projects. Mayor Dennis Phelps com- mented the additional money was a pleasant surprise. Steen noted if the city receives funding again it also will be a surprise. Steen commented that the swimming pool has been running very efficiently with most of the receipts running higher than last year. The pool has been running below budget which is good news, also there has been very few maintenance issues this year. Street supervisor Carl Conrad told the council they have completed the street patching and seal coating. One of the council members asked how long the red rock needs to stay on the streets as it is starting to form wash boards. Conrad said he usu- ally waits two weeks to remove the red rock, but said he will start sweeping soon. Conrad told the council there is a problem with run off of surface water on the north part of town. He feels there are quite a few homes that have their sump pumps going into the sanitary sewer, causing backups in the sewer. He says smoke testing is needed to see where the water is coming from. He will check with Dennis Jutting to see if he can do the smoke testing. Conrad also told the council he had gotten a quote from Lyle Noomen to put rip-rap around the lagoons. The work should have been done before. The cost will be $24,000 plus the cost of the rock. The council voted to have Noomen do the work. Election filings for the city have opened. Council positions held by Chad Wahl, and Manda Jorgenson are up for election along with the Mayors position currently held by Dennis Phelps. Police Chief Alan Wahl discussed part time police issues. He says it is getting real difficult to find part time certified officers. One option would be to see if the County Sheriff's office could provide occasional fill in coverage for the city. Mayor Phelps said he would cheek with Sheriff Jason Purrington to see what might be worked out. The council voted to adopt Ordinance No. 1-2016, which is an ordinance opting out of state ordinance allow- ing temporary dwellings for medical reasons. Two building permits were granted by the council. Linda Madson to build a garage at property she owns on Cedar Avenue. Tim Burmeister to con- struct a vinyl coated metal fence on his property on Adams Avenue. July Police Report One arrest, and one juvenile case. INt EX . ON RECORD PAGE 2 COMMUNITY PAGE 7 INSIDE PAGE 3 Bus NESS PAGE 8 VIEWPOINT PAGE 4 CLASSIFIED PAGE 9 INFORMATION CIRCULATION CLASSIFIEDS ADVERTISING 507-274-6136 OR 800-410-1859 FAITH FAMILY PAGE 5 COMMUNITY PAGE 6 AREA NEWS PAGE 10 Please read and recycle Printed with Soybased Ink Copyright 2016 Sentinel Tribune