Planning underway for Cookie Festival

By ERIC SCHAADT
Staff Writer
McCOMB — Plans have begun for this summer’s Cookie Festival in McComb, Village Council learned Monday.
Nedra Aller, one of the organizers, said the festival will run from Aug. 1 to 3.
Council agreed to allow the village park and swimming pool to be used during the event.
Volunteers are being sought to run the festival, Aller said.
Separately, a Norfolk Southern railroad crossing on North Liberty Street will be closed from next Monday until May 9. Railroad ties will be torn out and replaced, Village Administrator Kevin Siferd said.
Elsewhere, a camera will be used this week to find a broken or clogged sewer line on Cherry Street.
Council also agreed to compensate an East Perrin Avenue resident for plumbing bills he incurred when drains backed up in his home last winter.
Glenn Vowell, a former clerk-treasurer for council, said sewage backed up into his home from January through March.
He contacted village workers and then private plumbers to take care of the problem. Village workers did not find the problem, but later, a broken drainage tile was found.
Vowell complained “there should have been a greater effort” by village employees.
Councilman Robin Rader took issue with Vowell’s remark that village workers were “indifferent” to his situation.
Council voted 5-1 to reimburse Vowell’s bills for $497.25 to pay for the plumbing work and a brief hotel stay. Rader cast the dissenting ballot.
In other business, council:
• Held a closed executive session for the stated purpose of discussing the purchase of property.
• Will ascertain if state grants are available for a new weather warning siren.
• Said potholes in streets will be filled once asphalt plants open for the season.
• Is looking into fixing holes in the Fire Department roof.
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