PERRYVILLE — The time has come for the mayor and commissioners to make the town’s community park part of the town.
“For a long time I don’t think we even knew,” Denise Breder, town administrator, told the Perryville board. When the town paid for a survey of its corporate boundaries the discovery was made.
“Why was this not done before?” asked Commissioner Tim Snelling.
According to Breder it was simply a matter of time and money. To conduct the boundary survey cost Perryville $120,150. Drawing the park into town limits meant surveying those 168.5 acres, which includes the 44 developed acres with playgrounds, picnic pavilions and athletic fields and courts. That added another $14,434.30 to the bill, Breder said.
Perryville was given 44 acres of property from the US government in 1972 through a quitclaim deed, which meant the town could use the excess land no longer needed by the Veterans Administration Hospital Reservation for recreational purposes in perpetuity. In 1990 the VA gave Perryville an additional 104.5 acres with the same agreement in place.
The board is expected to give town hall staff approval to continue the process, which will include a public hearing ahead of confirmation of the annexation.