By ERIC SCHAADT
McCOMB — In an attempt to revitalize its downtown, McComb Council on Monday agreed to explore starting an economic development group.
Council and the Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation will split the $1,750 expense of hiring the national AdviCoach firm to help McComb assemble an economic development group.
Bennett’s Furniture Town, a mainstay in McComb’s downtown, went out of business last year.
Joe Wasson, a former operator of Bennett’s, and Tony Iriti, economic development director of the Findlay-Hancock County Alliance, addressed Village Council on Monday.
The departure of Bennett’s, according to Iriti, “left a big, gaping hole in the downtown.”
A focus group of community representatives will meet with a representative from AdviCoach to lay out strategic planning ideas.
The McComb economic development group is expected to include members from village government, Hearthside Food Solutions, McComb schools, civic groups and others.
“This is very good for the community,” Councilman Gordon Myers said.
Separately, council was told the foundation for a replacement water tower has been installed.
During the next few months, steel for the tower will be brought to the site.
“Everything is going as planned,” Village Administrator Kevin Siferd said.
Maguire Iron of Sioux Falls, S.D., is doing the work, slated to be completed in November, for $835,000.
Separately, council praised village employees who have been clearing snow this winter.
Councilman Dennis Turner said the workers have done “a great job.”
Some piles of snow have been deposited at the village park.
Mayor Robert Schwab said that asking residents to refrain from parking on village streets has aided the snow plowing.
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