By ERIC SCHAADT
McCOMB — Plans for extensive water and sewer updates were presented to McComb Council on Monday.
The long-term plans were laid out by the Northwestern Ohio Water and Sewer District based in Bowling Green.
Starting in September, construction is slated to begin on a new sewage treatment plant, estimated to cost $6,597,000.
According to district officials, a $2.8 million grant was secured from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Work is expected to continue though December 2019.
“A lot of activity is going on in this town,” district spokesman Dick Heyman told Village Council.
Improvements to a raw water pump at the water plant also are scheduled, along with a new clearwell at the wastewater treatment facility, and a 20-year capital improvement master plan for McComb’s water distribution system.
Waterline and catch basin projects are underway in sections of McComb.
Separately, village officials announced that a reward is being offered for information concerning an arson fire that destroyed a house at 235 N. Liberty St. over the weekend.
The fire was reported at 4:50 a.m. Sunday. No injuries were reported, and no one was home at the time. The house is owned by Kristy Barringer, village officials said.
The home is said to be a total loss.
The fire is being investigated by the State Fire Marshal’s Office and the Northwest Joint Hancock Fire District.
Little additional information was released Monday. “I can’t go into any details,” McComb Police Chief Greg Smith said following Monday’s council session.
The amount of the reward money being offered was not immediately available from village officials.
Separately, residents of McComb will compete with Arlington citizens for the largest number of accumulated steps.
The Step It Up community step challenge is underway, and residents of each village can contact www.behealthynow.walkertracker.com to compete.
Participants can log their steps, and the winning village will be announced Sept. 30.
In other business, council:
- Accepted a donation of playground equipment from Ryan’s Place, a McComb nonprofit charity for special-needs children.
- Will spend $7,900 to help pay for the recent holiday fireworks at the park.
- Fielded a complaint about open burning of furniture by a village resident.