By ERIC SCHAADT
McCOMB — A replacement water tower will become a reality in McComb this year, while improvements to a portion of East Oliver Street will continue, according to the village mayor.
During his annual state-of-the-village remarks Monday to Village Council, Mayor Robert Schwab complimented village workers and council.
“I think we’re doing our job,” Schwab said.
The replacement water tower downtown should be ready this fall, he said.
Efforts will continue this year to attract more businesses to McComb, according to the mayor.
Last year saw a Dollar General and Subway open in the village.
Improvements also were made in 2013 to the village park, and council developed a village website.
Mayor Schwab said the new position of village fiscal officer “has worked out very well in that it has streamlined many of the office operations.”
The mayor also praised street crews, especially for snow removal.
“I think those guys did a nice job this winter,” he added.
Police Chief Greg Smith said a new Facebook page for his department has helped keep citizens aware of emergencies.
“We’ve been getting rave reviews,” Smith told council.
The Facebook page has improved communication between the department and the community, he said.
Separately, council heard that signs will be erected to restrict parking overnight on downtown streets.
A law has been on the books to restrict overnight parking downtown, but council will review the law to determine what hours the parking ban is supposed to be in effect.
In other business, council:
• Reported Craig Fenstermaker will be hired as a street maintenance worker and will start in June. Fourteen people applied for the job.
• May consider applying for federal funding from the Safe Route to School program.
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