While compiling the year in review for town officials, Perryville town administrator Denise Breder alternately beams and frowns.
There were great things about 2016 but there were also disappointments.
On Tuesday, September 6, Perryville town officials and current police chief Allen Miller broke ground for the new $2.8 million, 8,153 square feet building. It will be constructed along Otsego Street. That project will serve as a catalyst for other upgrades. Two to three years from now, Perryville will also be getting new ball fields and a new town hall. The town has a longstanding agreement with Perryville Little League that the league will have perpetual use of what is now known as Trego Field. Those two projects will run concurrently.
Ralph Ryan, engineer for the Town of Perryville, also designed and supervised construction of a much improved Elm Street.
Front Street to Susquehanna Avenue now has American Disabilities Act accessible sidewalks, stormwater management, paving, and other repairs.
In 2016, Perryville also got a new and improved public venue in the downtown. The band shell, which will be used for concerts and other events, officially opened in December. That was just one of the improvements to the Lower Ferry Park area. "We are really working on events," said Breder, who discussed the successful community camp out and other events which drew a crowd.
The town is also moving toward earning the Main Street Maryland designation. That got approved for one tier, which will pay for a consultant so the town can upgrade and attract visitors to Broad Street and Aiken Avenue.
Behind the scenes, the town received the best possible score on the audit.
The town also received word that they have been renewed for the DHCD facade program which helps offset renovation costs for property owners.
On the downside, the Perryville Outlet Center shut its doors. The town also endured a mandatory water conservation issue recently but that has been resolved.