by Lisa Tome
The opening of Perryville's new police building has been pushed back until nearly October.
Blame mother nature.
The wild wind storm that struck the area on April 6, knocking out power, flooded areas, and toppled trees, took out 60 roof trusses of the building which is currently under construction.
Perryville Police Chief Allen Miller explained that an officer was working in the temporary station which is adjacent to the construction site. That officer left the station. About 10 minutes later another officer arrived at the station, he discovered the damage. "The winds were horrendous. It was an act of God," said Miller.
The Town is insured. An insurance adjustor and the project engineer have both investigated. Now, 60 new roof trusses have to be made and delivered. That could take two weeks. Miller said that in all, the project completion will be pushed back about six weeks to the end of September.
"No other part of the building was damaged. Things happen. We can't get worked up over it," said Miller. "No one was injured and it was not preventable."