McCOMB — The McComb Police Department outlined a few initiatives to Village Council on Monday.

According to Police Chief Greg Smith, his department wants to form a SAFER program, similar to one created in Ada in 2001.

The goal of Seeking Aid From Every Resident is encourage residents to make their neighborhoods safer through community involvement.

A SAFER committee will be formed with representatives from schools, businesses, council representatives and others to discuss safety concerns.

Via social media, SAFER will issue alerts to residents about locals scams, crimes or other safety issues. The program also will distribute information to McComb school students.

In other police matters, the department will sponsor its second annual National Night Out at the village park from 7 to 9 p.m. on Aug. 2.

The event, open to the public, is aimed at developing a relationship between the police and the community.

Also, the McComb Community Safety Town for youths entering grades kindergarten through six will be held from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on July 18-22 at McComb Church of Christ, 400 Ackerly St.

Youths can be registered at the village police website:

According to police, youngsters will receive instructions on water safety, traffic safety and first aid.

Separately, 11 letters will be sent to property owners who need to mow their yards.

Also, McComb Council may consider legislation — similar to laws in Carey and Ottawa — that would fine those who sweep or blow grass clippings into streets.

Clippings clog storm sewer lines, village officials have said.

Separately, new basketball rims have been added at the village park, and backboards and courts have been painted.

A recent Eagle Scout project handled landscaping and shelter house improvements.

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