McComb park gets AARP grant


McCOMB — McComb Council on Monday welcomed donations for village park improvements.

An AARP grant of $20,000 will go toward two new drinking fountains, park benches and special needs playground equipment, according to Councilwoman Carol Cary.

She was thanked by Councilman Dennis Turner for applying for the funding.

AARP will hold a ceremony honoring the grant at 4 p.m. Thursday at the village park near the first shelter house.

Also, the McComb area Heart and Soul will contribute $2,000 for park improvements, Village Administrator Kevin Siferd said.

Separately, the village will send a 30-day notice to the owners of the former Bennett Brothers Furniture store downtown to address health and safety concerns posed by the vacant storefront that once dominated McComb’s downtown.

“All we’re asking is to address safety (concerns),” Mayor Chuck Latta said following Monday’s session.

Broken windows, loose bricks and other maintenance issues need to be addressed, according to council representatives.

If the letter goes unheeded, council then would have the option to walk through the vacant buildings and perform a safety check.

Separately, Councilman Jim Clark, chair of council’s Finance Committee, cautioned his peers that there is an anticipated shortfall in this year’s budget.

“We need to be a little more observant,” Clark said.

Some capital projects may be delayed.

The budget picture should come more into focus by late October or early November.

For August, according to a fiscal officer report, revenue was $177,066 compared to $281,358 in expenditures.

Separately, the McComb Police Department was praised for its efforts leading to the indictment of a suspect in an arson at the WaterShed dispensary at the village park earlier this year, and the arrest of a McComb motorist who drove his vehicle into the dispensary earlier this month.

The WaterShed dispenses purified water into containers for a charge.

In other business, council:

  • Held a pair of closed executive sessions, each for personnel matters.
  • Observed a moment of silence for the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

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