Plain City’s iconic clock will not be renovated until next year.
Initially, the village planned to have the refurbished clock back in place for its holiday event, Christmas Under the Clock, in December.
But, because of staffing issues, the project will be delayed until next year, according to Kevin Vaughn, Plain City village administrator.
The last thing the committee wanted was a vacant pedestal at 101 S. Chillicothe St. during the annual downtown event.
“Due to a lack of staffing, we weren’t able to get it done internally,” Vaughn said. “We do have some very committed volunteers, but it’s only a few — so it left so much for staff to accomplish. At this point I don’t think we have enough hands on deck to get this thing done.”
The clock — the No. 15 model Seth Thomas — has been in place since 1902, when it was donated to the village.
Over time, water has leaked into the clock, causing damage to the wooden structure holding it in place. The tin pieces surrounding the clock’s face have also deteriorated, and are in need of repair.
The clock, which is owned by the village although the storefront building below is privately-owned, will be painted and sealed to protect it against the elements.
The renovation is expected to cost a total of $60,000. The village has budgeted $30,000 for the project. That money will carryover into next year Vaughn said.
The remaining $30,000 was raised by the Uptown Plain City Organization (UPCO). Vaughn said the organization “is right about there” in terms of fundraising.
The Durable Slate Company and the South Charleston-based Clock Tower Company will work on the repairs. Vaughn hopes work will begin in the spring to have the clock renovated and back into place by the 2016 Christmas Under the Clock.
Reach Andrea McKinney at 740-852-1616, ext. 1619, and on Twitter @AndeeWrites.