Perryville ap­proves fi­nanc­ing plan for new po­lice sta­tion

Cecil Whig - - & - By JANE BELLMYER

PERRYVILLE

jbellmyer@ce­cil­whig.com

— The mayor and com­mis­sion­ers have re­stated their plans to seek more than $2 mil­lion in bonds to help pay for the new po­lice sta­tion and stormwa­ter man­age­ment on the site.

The board passed a res­o­lu­tion on Tues­day night that amended an ear­lier res­o­lu­tion and scaled down the amount of fi­nanc­ing from $4.2 mil­lion to $2.5 mil­lion.

“The rest will come out of our re­serves,” said Rachel Deaner, fi­nance man­ager.

Ac­cord­ing to Deaner, ground is ex­pected to be bro­ken on the project in this fis­cal year. North Point Builders in Bal­ti­more won the award for both the sta­tion and the stormwa­ter project.

Ini­tially the sta­tion – to be built near the cur­rent head­quar­ters off Ot­sego Street – was de­signed to in­clude bunk rooms and other ameni­ties. It has since been scaled back. Still in the plans are larger hold­ing ar­eas, which will bring the town into com­pli­ance with sep­a­rate ar­eas for men and women and an­other for youth­ful of­fend­ers in cus­tody. A sally port is also in the de­sign, which will al­low po­lice to bring a per­son fully in­side the build­ing be­fore mov­ing them from the pa­trol car to the hold­ing cell.

The res­o­lu­tion as ap­proved clears the way for Perryville to en­ter the bond mar­ket to fi­nance half of the project, with the re­main­ing com­ing from ex­ist­ing funds.

CECIL WHIG FILE PHOTO

This draw­ing from ar­chi­tects at Manns Wood­ward shows what the Perryville Po­lice Depart­ment head­quar­ters will look like when com­pleted. Con­struc­tion is ex­pected to be­gin this fis­cal year, ac­cord­ing to town of­fi­cials.

CECIL WHIG PHOTO BY JANE BELLMYER

Rachel Deaner, Perryville’s fi­nance direc­tor, ex­plains to the mayor and com­mis­sion­ers a res­o­lu­tion that amends how the town will cover the cost of con­struc­tion of the new po­lice sta­tion and stormwa­ter man­age­ment on the site.

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