The Strongsville City Council in a special council meeting Tuesday approved funding for a $116,000 project to repair damage to council chambers from a runaway car that smashed into the chambers on June 20.
During a meeting that lasted less than five minutes with only three items on the agenda, the council unanimously approved the building repair (nearly $103,000) and a separate ordinance to replace furniture and other equipment damaged (about $13,600). The council also unanimously passed an ordinance authorizing the replacement of an HVAC condensing unit at the Walter F. Ehrnfelt Recreation and Senior Center.
The repair work has already begun on the damaged wall and doorway. The impact of the crashed sent the doors flying across the room and almost certainly would have caused severe injuries or fatalities if anyone had been in the room at the time.
The city will seek reimbursement from the insurer for Daniel Grossman, 79, the driver of the car that plowed into the building.