Perryville approves financing plan for new police station
— 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.
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.
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.