by Lisa Tome
The wait is almost over for the new Perryville police department building.
"It's looking great and we're still 99 percent done," that was the response from Perryville Police Chief Allen Miller as he made his way around contractors in the department's new building on Friday afternoon.
The new 8,153 square foot building won't be finished by the target date, September 15. Officials and contractors confirmed Friday that October 1 is the projected date the building will be finished.
"We're waiting for the mechanical engineers, and the air conditioning guys. There's still tiles, painting, and the punch list," said Miller. "We had some setbacks with the mechanical engineers."
There's three flag poles that remain to be installed. Grass to put in and landscaping. "It's up to the contractor to tell us when they're ready. I've asked for two weeks notice," said Miller.
Miller and his officers aren't the only ones waiting.
At least three other police departments want to check it out. Miller said he's been contacted by Bel Air, Mt. Airy, and Hampstead, all of which are planning new buildings and potentially want to use Perryville as a model.
"When you walk in the door, it's like, this is for real. There's a big lobby, a big entrance, and it's very welcoming," he said.
There's a sally port for safely transferring those in custody. There's also three holding cells, offices for officers and supervisors, and six bathrooms.
"Everything here is state of the art," said Miller. Including five zone heating and cooling, a property room, kitchen, bicycle storage area, three showers, a bunk room, a training room, multiple interview rooms, and more.
"This was built for 20 years in the future. We have the space to grow," said Miller. "This building has exceeded my expectations. Exceeded all of my expectations. Everyone of the trades have done such a good job here. Other departments will use this building as a model. I can't say enough about this building. I've been involved in this process for two and a half years."
Miller said the new building will be a morale booster for the officers.
The department has operated out of double wide and single wide trailers since the town's own department was started a dozen years ago. "We've had prisoners laugh at the trailers. We've worked out of a single wide trailer and still got the job done," added Chief Miller.