Experience will help planner grow a town
by Lisa Tome
Perryville Planning and Zoning coordinator Diana Battaglia has a new job.
Battaglia has replaced Mary Ann Skilling as the new Director of Planning for the town. She has worked for the town for almost nine years and has prior experience in the home building industry. Battaglia has set a goal of attracting more people to the town and providing more access, perhaps by way of a water taxi.
Town officials expect a smooth transition since Battaglia has been in the planning department and is up to speed on plans.
In other news from Perryville:
• The completion date for the new police department building has been pushed back due to weather.
According to town administrator Denise Breder, final completion is now set for mid-September instead of the previously planned mid-August. "It could potentially be earlier if the weather cooperates," said Breder.
The new building will cost $2.8 million and will measure 8,153 square feet. It will be constructed along Otsego Street, where the current police building sits. Site work, which includes drainage outfall, is costing an additional $1.4 million.
There will be a roadway from Otsego Street. Breder said the town is seeking suggestions for both the road name and the building name. A social media yielded a suggestion that the building be named for Mayor Jim Eberhardt. That suggestion did not come from Eberhardt.
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