SYKESVILLE — Town of Sykesville officials, county elected officials and members of the Warfield Cultural and Commerce Center board cut the ribbon on Oct. 6 for new "gateway" signs along Route 32 at the Warfield complex.
The masonry signs were created by Maryland Division of Correction low-security, pre-release inmates who learned masonry skills while incarcerated.
Three of the inmate masons were on hand to see their project dedicated.
"What we see here," said Gary Maynard, secretary of the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, "is a truly a meaningful inmate project. Inmates learned valuable skills they can use when they get out, while at the same time helping Sykesville complete a project that might have been difficult to do without them."
"We're so glad secretary Maynard told us about these projects," said State Delegate Susan Krebs. "And we have lots of ideas on how to use these men's talents beyond this project."
"The signs are just beautiful," said Warfield Development President Brad Rees, who hopes one day soon to see a business and cultural park filled with tenants.
State Sen. Alan Kittleman, and County Commissioners Doug Howard and David Roush were also on hand for the ribbon cutting.
The large, 50-foot-long signs along Route 32 mark the entrance to Warfield center, which is being developed as a business campus.
The inmates were part of Public Safety Works effort to use inmates on community projects.