A dozen years ago, with great excitement, a handful of officers and then Perryville Police Chief Gary Pierce excitedly moved into their new police station - modular buildings.
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, where the current police building, those modulars, sit.
Former Chief Pierce talked about the excitement of getting that modular police station. Prior to those coming in, Perryville Police shared space in the Cifaldo building with the Boys and Girls Club.
"We bought them (modulars) locally. You have to start where you start. It was late 2004 or early 2005 when we did it. Then the county got a grant through DES (Department of Emergency Services) to get generators. They didn't cost anybody anything," said Pierce.
He said at the time, the police department, which had about one fourth of the manpower that it does currently, the modulars were ideal. "We finally actually had our own building. We had a dedication ceremony and everything. The town put the steps in and the handicapped ramp and the deck on the back," said Pierce. "I am glad they are getting a new building. I'm anxious to see it."
At last week's groundbreaking, prior to its start, children stopped to ask Chief Miller what was going on at the site. "We are building an amusement park, like Disney World," joked Chief Miller.
Mayor Jim Eberhardt said that the next 12 months of construction time will be about continuing relationships that have already been established with the contractors and engineers.