Staff Writer

McCOMB — A tight financial outlook has impacted at least two McComb village projects.

Put on the shelf is a $1.7 million proposal to upgrade the storm sewer, street and sidewalks on a portion of South Street.

“We cannot afford to do South Street,” Mayor Chuck Latta told Village Council on Monday. “We’ll keep looking at South Street to see if there is a way to do that.”

Also affected is council’s donation to the annual fireworks display.

That does not mean the fireworks are canceled for next summer. Rather, council will rely solely on donations to finance the event.

Mayor Latta on Monday also outlined some expenditures in the 2019 general fund, which is anticipated to be $1.1 million.

The police department will get an increase of $100,000 next year, in part to allow that department to provide 22 hours per day of police coverage.

The McComb Police Department also will replace a 2005 police vehicle, and negotiate with McComb schools to add a school resource officer.

In other matters, the village on Monday honored the McComb Panthers, the state high school Division VII football champions.

“We congratulate them,” council President Leslie Seele said.

Also, Police Chief Greg Smith told council the search continues for a missing McComb man.

Ismael Velazquez has been missing since last week. Those with information are being asked to call the police department at 419-293-3667.

In other business, council:

• Held a closed executive session to discuss personnel matters.

• Said the village-wide leaf pickup will end soon.

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