by Lisa Tome
Perryville Police Chief Allen Miller keeps a shoeshine kit by his desk now.
The department's officers also wash their cruisers more often, heading to a local car wash or the Perryvlle Fire Company to get the job done. These are necessities when you're working in a construction zone.
Since last fall, the Perryville Police Department has been operating out of a construction trailer behind the town hall. That trailer is adjacent to the building site, which as a result of all the wet weather, is littered with puddles and caked with mud.
"The contractors are waiting for dry days. They need a few dry days. They need to pour the slab and once they do that, the roof trusses are ordered," said Chief Miller, who was explaining the recent update provided during the regularly scheduled construction progress meetings.
The building's plumbing is 95 percent complete. The drainage under the railroad is also finished and Otsego Street will open soon to traffic. "Every day, I can tell you what they've done," said the chief. "We want out of this tin can. Our cars stay dirty. Trying to keep the cars clean is hard. This is a mud pit."
But there is a bright spot. Work on the $2.8 million, 8,153 square foot police building is well underway. It is supposed to be completed, August 17.
"I watch it everyday and I'm happy with what I'm seeing," said Lt. Keith Budnick.