Nearly two months after an accident on Ohio 7 totaled two cruisers and injured two officers, the Bellaire Police Department will soon be back at full strength.
Bellaire Village Council on Thursday passed a resolution authorizing the village to purchase a new police cruiser. Two village cruisers were totaled in an accident on Ohio 7 at the beginning of May, one of which has already been replaced.
"We received an insurance check for the two totaled vehicles of $32,803.99," said Village Administrator Dan Marling. "The chief has replaced one vehicle and had the striping and the radios and all that put back in."
Marling said the cost of replacing one vehicle was a little over $6,000, and the village has enough money left over from the insurance check to replace the second vehicle with exactly the same model that the village previously owned.
"Everything is exactly the same as the other one was," Marling said. "It's actually cheaper than what we paid for the last new one."
Police Chief Mike Kovalyk thanked council for their assistance and support of the police department in the matter. The new cruiser should arrive in approximately 10 weeks.
Also during Thursday's meeting, council learned two officers who were previously injured will be returning to the police department. One officer remains out with injuries, and another has sought employment elsewhere. The position has yet to be filled.