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Winter delaying water tower project

By ERIC SCHAADT
Staff Writer
McCOMB — A harsh winter has delayed construction of a new water tower in McComb, Village Council learned Monday.
The tower, which will be built near the current tower in the village’s downtown, was expected to be ready in November.
Thanks to “extensive cold” weather, Village Administrator Kevin Siferd said it might not be ready until June or July 2015.
Steel will be delivered to the site during coming months, and water pipes will be installed.
Maguire Iron of Sioux Falls, S.D., will be paid $835,000 for the job.
Separately, a representative of a new economic development group asked McComb Council to reconsider two issues.
Last month, McComb business and community leaders formed an alliance to promote the village’s economic health.
Dave Crates, a member of the organization, suggested that council reverse its ban on overnight parking along Main Street in the downtown area.
Crates also asked council to reconsider its intent to sell the municipal-run natural gas service. Council has taken no formal action on the gas service.
Crates expressed concern that council would sell the service, only to try to buy it back years later.
Village Council took no action Monday on the two topics presented by the economic group, which was formed in the wake of Bennett’s Furniture Town closing its downtown business last year.
Separately, council discussed several village park issues.
Plans are being formed to install two or three soccer fields at the park.
Also, council agreed to keep the admission rates at the community swimming pool the same this summer.
Councilman Gordon Myers asked council to consider flooding the tennis courts at the park during the winter for public ice skating.
That might deter skaters from using the village’s reservoirs during the winter, according to Myers.
In other business, council:
• Held closed executive sessions for the stated purposes of discussing personnel matters and the sale of village property.
• Announced the spring curbside pickup of brush and yard clippings will be held April 9-11. No plastic bags will be accepted.
• Will be comparing zoning ordinances from similar-sized villages.
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