By ERIC SCHAADT
McCOMB — A McComb-based doctor is retiring from his practice, but plans call for keeping the medical facility open, Village Council announced Monday.
Dr. James Doone is retiring in September.
In the summer of 2001, Blanchard Valley Health System helped Doone set up an office at a medical facility on Park Drive South.
Blanchard Valley has informed McComb of its intent to continue to have a licensed practical nurse at the office, and perhaps attract a doctor to work at the McComb office once or twice a week, village officials said.
This means the office “will not shut its door” and is still accepting new patients, village Administrator Kevin Siferd said.
Separately, Siferd told council he will again send letters to 11 area assisted living businesses to determine their interest in opening a facility in McComb.
During recent years, village officials have been in contact with various assisted living centers, without success.
In another business matter, council praised last weekend’s Business Expo and Flea Market held in the village to attract attention to its downtown.
Councilwoman Dawn Swain said she heard “a lot of positive comments” about the event.
Separately, council was updated on the schedule for installation of its new downtown water tower.
Doug Keller, the village water plant superintendent, said the new tower should be constructed before winter and painting will be undertaken next spring.
The project, which is being done by Maguire Iron of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, for $835,000, is slated to be completed next June.
Separately, council is hoping more residents will take part in a door-to-door income survey to ascertain if McComb is eligible for state and federal grants for capital improvements.
The confidential survey is being conducted by the Hancock Regional Planning Commission and will run through the end of this month.
Residents can send completed surveys to the village municipal building or to the planning commission.
To date, 162 surveys have been received, and 85 more income surveys are needed for a valid survey sample.
In other business, council:
- Heard that minor potholes in village streets are being filled with asphalt, while bigger holes will be given asphalt by the end of this week.
- Will meet with Hearthside Food Solutions to change patterns where buses can drop off workers.
- Praised those who ran the recent Independence Day fireworks at the village park.
- Was informed the village has ordered three loads of road salt for next winter.
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EDITOR’S NOTE: This is a corrected version of this story.