By Raymond Mendoza
Walnut – Walnut’s May 13 City Council session was standing room only, as residents and proud parents packed the room to watch Council members hand out recognitions to dozens of Walnut High School students for various activities.
The meeting started out with Walnut High School student, Ted Zhu, receiving not only a recognition from the City, but a $40,000 check from the Southern California Edison Scholarship program. According to Edison Representative, Ben Wong, the company received 2,800 applications for the scholarship, but only selected 30 based on each student’s strong promise in the STEM careers path.
Mayor Nancy Tragarz thanked Zhu for his hard work ethic and wished him luck when using his scholarship money to attend Harvard in the fall.
The Council also recognized the Walnut High Olympiads for finishing fourth in the State Science Olympiad Competition, the Walnut High wrestling team for being undefeated in the Hacienda League Championship, and the outgoing Youth Advisory Commissioners.
A small group of residents were also in attendance purely to speak during the public comment section of the meeting to urge City officials to remove several cell phone towers that are in close proximity to the City’s public schools. While no actions could be taken by the City Council at the time, Tragarz assured the citizens that the City’s Planning Commission would look into the matter.
The Council then approved the minutes for the Apr. 22 special meeting, and the Apr. 22 City Council/Walnut Housing Authority meeting before approving the only item on its public hearing section: a resolution regarding 2015-2016 lighting and open space maintenance assessments.
Following that, the Council then approved all items on its consent calendar including a resolution allowing certain claims and demands in the amount of $910,205.66; the authorization to request proposals for the General Plan update; the approval of the Trail Improvement Project in the amount of $24,300; a bid award to National Auto Fleet Group for a City Fleet Vehicle in the amount of $36,770.17; the appointments of 15 residents to the City’s Mt. San Antonio College development task force; and the United Walnut Taxpayer Facility Fee waiver request.
After the final item was approved, the Council adjourned with plans to meet on May 27, at 7 p.m., in the Council chambers at 21201 La Puente Road.