For almost three years now, the Town of St. Michaels Commissioners has spent a good amount of time and energy to create a plan to build a new town office and a new police station. The commissioners looked at several options during this period to find the right location for each, including having them be located in a mixed-use facility, but eventually came to the conclusion that both the town hall and police department should have their own location, and voted unanimously two years ago to move forward with plans to construct its new town hall on Fremont Street.
That decision, and the process to reach that conclusion, worried some citizens in town. Citing a lack of transparency, potential conflicts of interest, and the extra costs associated with building two rather than one facility, that group recently formed the St. Michaels Action Committee to address those concerns.
The Spy sat down with SMAC’s John Novak last week to understand those issues and the group’s desire for a reevaluation of the Commission’s original decision. Given the complexity of this project, we decided to extend this interview format beyond our normal ten minutes to allow John to make the group’s case for a new feasibility study.
This video is approximately sixteen minutes in length. For more information about the St. Michaels Action Committee please contact John at Novak.John99@gmail.com.