McCOMB — A state grant will benefit the McComb village park, Village Council learned Monday.

A NatureWorks grant of $28,832 will pay for a new storage facility and security cameras at the park, Village Administrator Kevin Siferd said.

The items should be installed beginning next spring, the administrator said.

Siferd also announced that the seasonal ice skating rink will be set up on a ball diamond this week.

In fiscal affairs, McComb Council again discussed concerns that the general fund budget will experience a shortfall at year’s end.

The chairman of council’s Finance Committee urged his peers to consider a spending freeze on nonessential items in the general fund.

Councilman Jim Clark said lower revenue from the village income tax is due to more residents retiring.

“As you become a retirement community, your income (tax collection) will fall,” Clark said.

Less business activity in McComb also translates into fewer dollars for the general fund.

Concerning spending projections for 2018, Clark predicted, “We’re pinching pretty hard.”

Mayor Chuck Latta said council should be “very tight and careful (with expenses) the rest of the year.”

In other business, council:

  • Heard that a railroad crossing near Ohio 613 will be closed for repairs until Nov. 17.
  • Said that leaf collection in McComb is underway.
  • Was informed that a new weather warning siren has been constructed near McComb Union Cemetery and will be tested once the siren is hooked up.

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