By ERIC SCHAADT
McCOMB — McComb Council on Monday agreed to consider closing a section of South Main Street near railroad tracks that some say is a traffic hazard.
At issue is an end of South Main Street at Ohio 186/Ohio 235, which is near a railroad crossing.
A public hearing has been slated for 6:15 p.m. Oct. 10 at the municipal building prior to a council meeting.
Concerns were mentioned that some motorists cannot see oncoming traffic heading over the railroad crossing that is on a raised roadway, according to village officials.
Speeding motorists exacerbate the situation.
Also on that date, council will meet as a committee-of-the-whole to discuss concerns of having a medical marijuana dispensary set up in the village, as allowed by a recent state law. Council will discuss the issue at 5:45 p.m. that day at the municipal building.
Village Administrator Kevin Siferd suggested that council be “proactive” in addressing the issue.
The state law allows the cultivation and sale of medical marijuana. Some cities and villages have enacted a moratorium on allowing a medical marijuana dispensary, as permitted by the law.
Separately, council will reinforce its law against residents mowing grass into village streets and alleys.
It looks unsightly and clogs storm drains, village leaders have said.
Violators are initially given two separate warning letters before a fine is levied on the third infraction.
Residents at Monday’s session noted that mowed grass was seen on portions of South Street and Shady Acres Lane. Main Street also has seen the problem.
Council will ask police to give more attention to the issue.
“We will let people know that we’re going to start fining them,” Council President Gordon Myers said.
In other policing matters, some residents at the meeting were critical of McComb police being stationed in patrol cars at McComb football contests, leaving the village less patrolled.
“They can only be in one spot at one time,” Mayor Chuck Latta said.
The concern will be forwarded to the police department.
Separately, the paving of certain streets and alleys in McComb will continue today.
In other business, council;
- Set trick-or-treating for 6 to 7 p.m. Oct. 31, with a downtown parade to follow.
- Will seek a Hancock Park District grant to upgrade scoreboard lights at the park.
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