McComb hoping to speed up water tower construction

By ERIC SCHAADT
STAFF WRITER

McCOMB — McComb Council hopes a South Dakota firm hired to construct a new water tower can hurry its schedule, village officials said Monday.

That’s because some leaks have been fixed in the current downtown tower, and Village Council does not want to spend much more cash on the aging tower.

Plugging two recent leaks cost $4,500.

Maguire Iron of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, has an $835,000 contract to erect a new tower near the current structure.

The new tower is slated to be finished next summer, but Village Administrator Kevin Siferd told council Monday he will contact the firm to “speed this thing up.”

In other matters, a door-to-door income survey conducted by the Hancock Regional Planning Commission is underway in McComb, village officials announced. The survey is expected to continue through late July.

The survey will help ascertain if McComb is eligible to apply for state and federal grants to help pay for infrastructure projects, such as a new wastewater treatment plant or waterlines.

The confidential survey will ask how many people reside in a given house, and ask the homeowner to select one of eight income ranges that a particular home would fall under.

Residents can mail surveys to the village municipal building or to the Regional Planning Commission. Officials hope to amass 260 responses for a valid survey sampling.

Separately, council appropriated $1,500 toward the Independence Day fireworks slated for dusk on July 5.

The event is sponsored by the Ladies Auxiliary of the McComb VFW, who have collected $8,000.

Separately, a diver hired by the village to inspect one of McComb’s reservoirs found iron rails, fishing poles and a shotgun.

In other business, council:

  • Heard that a waterline leak has been repaired on Panther Parkway.
  • Said paving a section of Oliver Street should be finished this week.

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