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Bellaire scores 3 new vehicles for its workers with grant

BELLAIRE — The village of Bellaire recently purchased three new vehicles, thanks to $250,000 in funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development program.

Deputy Auditor Marla Krupnik on Thursday said the funding included a $50,000 grant and a $200,000 loan. The vehicles purchased included a 2019 Ford dump truck, a 2020 International garbage packer and a 2020 Chevrolet Tahoe for the police department.

“The village was so grateful to receive the top amount awarded by a grant. For a small municipality to receive such a large grant along with a very low interest loan, it is a blessing for the town,” she said.

“The previous garbage packer was continuously being repaired, which made it hard for our service workers to keep up with their daily pickups. A big ‘thank you’ should be given to those workers, as they used dump trucks and pick up trucks for collections so that the citizens of Bellaire would continue to receive service without interruption,” she added.

Krupnik noted the dump truck also had a snow plow attachment.

“Although we didn’t get to put it to much use this winter, it was ready and waiting. It is presently being used while our workers are smoothing out the roads,” she said.

Regarding the new police vehicle, Krupnik said the village in the past had purchased Fords.

“The Tahoe is equipped with four-wheel drive, which will enhance the police department’s ability to reach our hillside areas in the winter.”

She added that the vinyl graphics on the black and white cruiser were done by Chirp’s Auto.

“We try to support local businesses. Chirp’s is the best of the best in everything they do,” Krupnik said.

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