By ERIC SCHAADT
McCOMB — Thanks to donations, an ice skating rink at the McComb village park will become a reality this winter, Village Council heard Monday.
Village Administrator Kevin Siferd announced that $6,200 in donations has been collected.
Last month, Hearthside Food Solutions in McComb pledged the initial $3,100 toward the project.
“All the funds have been raised,” Siferd said Monday.
Northwestern Water and Sewer District, which operates the village’s water and sewer services, will donate the plastic to be placed underneath the rink, as well as water for the ice.
The rink will be located at ball diamond No. 1 at the park. A tennis court at the park had been considered for the site, but the diamond was deemed a better fit, according to village officials.
Separately Monday, the McComb VFW Ladies Auxiliary informed council that the club will no longer put on the Fourth of July fireworks. The organization announced it would be concentrating its attention on other club activities.
In years past, the Ladies Auxiliary had collected donations for fireworks. Last summer’s fireworks cost $8,000 and next year’s event probably will require $9,000, village officials said.
Organizing the fireworks now will fall on the shoulders of the village administrator.
“I’d be happy to take that on,” Siferd told council.
Council members recommended a barbecue, a raffle, and a collection during the fireworks as some fundraising possibilities.
Also, the village announced that traffic caution signs and a larger mirror will be installed at the intersection of South Main Street and Park Drive South near a train crossing. A smaller mirror currently is located on a pole at the intersection to help drivers see oncoming traffic.
Concerns had been raised that motorists stopped on South Main Street were unable to see oncoming traffic due to the raised railroad tracks.
A proposal to barricade the intersection drew a negative response from the public.
Separately, council heard praise from a citizen, thanking the McComb Police Department for helping him during a medical emergency.
The man’s doctor had tried to contact his patient early Friday morning, without success. McComb police officer Evan Ramge knocked on the resident’s door several times in order to contact the man, who then received medical treatment.
Had Ramge not contacted him, “it could have been a different story,” Siferd said.
In other business, council:
- Announced that village leaf pickup will start this week. Residents must rake leaves to curbside. Plastic bags won’t be accepted.
- Heard that the Finance Committee is holding meetings to discuss the 2017 budget.
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