Per­ryville dis­cusses town hall plans




— With work on a new po­lice head­quar­ters al­ready un­der­way, the mayor and com­mis­sion­ers are now turn­ing their at­ten­tion to what they would like to see in a new town hall build­ing.

Con­struc­tion for the po­lice depart­ment has be­gun, with plans to have the $2.8 mil­lion build­ing on Ot­sego Street ready by this time next year. At the Tues­day night work ses­sion, town ad­min­is­tra­tor Denise Breder asked the board for its thoughts on sev­eral key com­po­nents of the new town ad­min­is­tra­tion build­ing. The needs as­sess­ment came at the re­quest of ar­chi­tects from Wilmington, Del.-based Fearn Clen­daniel.

“It comes down to ‘needs, wants and wishes,’” Mayor Jim Eber­hardt said.

Breder gave the board a list of sug­ges­tions for con­sid­er­a­tion, in­clud­ing whether a com­mu­nity cen­ter should be part of the floor plan and whether the build­ing should have a sec­ond floor.

“We have a lit­tle abil­ity to ex­pand,” Breder said of the pro­posed 5,500-square-foot struc­ture. “If we go up, we’ll need an el­e­va­tor.”

The board also dis­cussed whether to move the Po­lice Out­reach Pro­gram into the new build­ing and whether to in­clude an of­fice for the mayor, a shared area for the com­mis­sion­ers, pub­lic ac­cess re­strooms and a pub­lic meet­ing room in the new build­ing.

“I’m against the com­mu­nity cen­ter,” said Com­mis­sioner Ray Ryan, say­ing he thought the main­te­nance and op­er­a­tion of a fa­cil­ity was be­yond the cur­rent com­ple­ment of town em­ploy­ees.

Com­mis­sioner Alan Fox agreed, say­ing such a fa­cil­ity should be else­where. Fox also wanted more in­for­ma­tion be­fore de­cid­ing on the ex­pan­sion pro­posal.

“I want to see a cost dif­fer­en­tial be­tween the cost of the first floor and the sec­ond floor,” he said.

Com­mis­sioner Robert Ashby said if the board is even look­ing at a fu­ture ex­pan­sion, some work would need to be done dur­ing the ini­tial con­struc­tion.

“You have to put in the foot­ers to an­tic­i­pate the sec­ond floor,” Ashby said.

The lone voice in fa­vor of the com­mu­nity cen­ter was Com­mis­sioner Michelle Linkey, who also liked the idea of the sec­ond floor for town hall and of a con­fer­ence room for com­mis­sion­ers to meet with peo­ple.

“I don’t think the com­mis­sion­ers need a spe­cific area,” Linkey said, while also urg­ing the board to add a ded­i­cated room with en­vi­ron­men­tal con­trols for the town’s com­puter net­work. “We need a server room just for that ... and a cen­tral area for the print­ing.”

Tak­ing a cue from the town of North East, the board is also con­sid­er­ing mak­ing pub­lic re­strooms in the build­ing avail­able from out­side the build­ing.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Fearn Clen­daniel will hold a se­ries of meet­ings with the board and town staff to get an idea of what type of work space is needed for each depart­ment.


With the re­place­ment of Per­ryville town hall in the near fu­ture, the mayor and com­mis­sion­ers re­cently dis­cussed what the 5,500-square-foot struc­ture should in­clude.

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