Martins Ferry police seek new cruiser

MARTINS FERRY – The Martins Ferry Police Department went before city council Wednesday night asking for approval to purchase a new cruiser. The department is looking to buy a four-wheel drive vehicle.

The current four-wheel drive Explorer will go to officer Chad Kuhn for the K-9 unit. The current K-9 cruiser has had issues that have caused several problems.

“This is such a necessary thing that we have a new vehicle. Our K-9 unit can’t go to training without the vehicle breaking down and getting towed, which is creating more expense,” said Sgt. Beth Scales. “Ecko needs to be in a four-wheel drive vehicle in order to access any type of call in any type of weather. If the cruiser is not suitable for the dog, we are definitely concerned about Ecko’s safety because we have a lot of time and money invested in him. We want to be able to utilize him in the snow and any bad weather.”

The current four -wheel drive Explorer will go to the K-9 unit because it will have less miles since it will only be used for one shift and calls. The current Explorer will last longer.

Scales also commented that when the department has full shifts, there are not enough cruisers for all the officers.

Scales also said that the Halloween in the Park was a huge success and thanked everyone who was involved.

Service Director Chuck Bennett said in his report that the asphalt replacement on Adams Street has been completed. He said that they found the area to be too soft due to the water breaks.

In order to fix this problem, they would need an additional $985. Bennett also stated in his report that they would need $75,000 to fix the serious drainage issue on N. Fifth Street near Ohio Valley Dairy. The project would consist of installing two catch basins near the corner of Fifth Street and Short Street.

Martins Ferry will hold its Veterans Day parade on Saturday at 1 p.m. It will leave from Liberty Fire House.

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