McCOMB — A vacant furniture building in downtown McComb has been deemed “structurally sound” by a building engineer, Village Council heard Monday.

Village officials had been worried about safety issues dealing with the empty Bennett’s Furniture Town which had dominated the downtown landscape before closing in 2013.

Village officials added Monday that “cosmetic” issues to the store’s outside appearance need to be addressed too.

The vacant structure will have to meet building codes if the building is sold or auctioned off, village representatives added.

Separately, sidewalk repairs continue along Main Street where concrete has been damaged by tree roots.

A street sweeping machine will be run on most curbs street this week.

Also, McComb Council will continue to seek compensation from the parents of youths who were caught vandalizing the village park last summer.

But locating the parents of some of the youths could present a challenge.

“The parents have been M.I.A. for quite some time,” Village Solicitor Robert Feighner told council.

In other park matters, Village Administrator Kevin Siferd will seek estimates for replacing a swimming pool filter that is leaking.

Also, council may consider enacting a policy of closing the community pool when too few swimmers are at the pool.

In other business, council:

  • Heard that Richard Luman, Ryan Schroeder and Jeremy Blanton were added to the auxiliary village police force.
  • Was told the Hancock County commissioners are looking to hold one of their public meetings in McComb, perhaps in October.

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