MECHANICSBURG – Village Council on Wednesday received an update concerning the status of one of the police department’s cruisers damaged recently by fire.
Police Chief John Alexander informed council that the 2009 Chevrolet Impala has been out of service since catching fire a few weeks ago while Capt. Scott Bodey was on a call.
According to Alexander, Bodey was going to get a statement form from the cruiser, but when he opened the door, the vehicle caught fire. No one was injured.
“We are working with the insurance company trying to see whether they are going to fix it or total it out,” Alexander said. “They sent a special fire investigator out from the insurance company, and he is looking into everything to see what caused it.”
With the Impala out of commission, the department is operating with one cruiser, a 2015 Ford Explorer, Alexander said.
In other police matters, new officers Shawn Farmer and Daniel Dixon were sworn in on Wednesday.
“We are getting good guys, but we are losing them (to other jobs) as fast as we are getting them,” Alexander said.
In other business:
•Mayor Greg Kimball read a proclamation that will be presented to officials at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Mechanicsburg on Sunday to honor the parish’s 150th anniversary.
“The mayor and Village Council of the village of Mechanicsburg, Ohio, do deem it appropriate to commend and celebrate St. Michael’s Parish and its parishioners on this sesquicentennial anniversary,” the proclamation reads.
During the 150th anniversary celebration planned for Sunday at the church, 40 Walnut St., Archbishop Dennis M. Schnuur from Cincinnati will be the celebrant of the Mass scheduled for 10 a.m.
•Village Administrator April Huggins-Davis said the bid opening for the project to rehab parts of Walnut Street, Park Avenue and Pleasant Street will take place on Sept. 18. The project is being funded through the village’s share of Champaign County’s permissive tax.
•No-parking signs have been installed on Park Avenue by the high school baseball diamond.