Repairs to the Plain City clock are estimated to cost between $11,600 and $15,000, according to a report presented by the clock tower committee to Plain City village council on Monday, March 24.
“We had some great help on this and good people looking at the tower,” said village administrator Kevin Vaughn. Vaughn was instrumental in setting up the clock tower committee.
Members of the committee inspected the Plain City landmark at the corner of North Chillicothe and West Main earlier this month before compiling the report, detailing the work needed and estimating the costs involved.
Repairing the clock will not begin until it is removed from the rooftop with a crane.
“We’d like to get this down pretty quick,” Vaughn said. “We estimate it could take two to three months to get the repairs done.
“We’d like to have it back up before Christmas Under The Clock,” Vaughn said.
Vaughn suggested to council that fundraising efforts should get underway quickly. Vaughn also suggested that council should consider earmarking funds to contribute to the repair project.
Council member Bob Walter suggested that the Uptown Plain City Organization (UPCO) may be able to be the conduit for donations.
“Why wouldn’t we just pay this?” asked council member Colleen Davis, suggesting that the price was low enough that the village should just shoulder the repair burden.
“I think we should pay rather than ask our citizens to pay,” Davis said.
“Well, actually, we are asking the citizens to pay,” Walter said.
Councilwoman Leslie Perkins, agreeing with Davis, suggested the personnel and finance committee add the allocated funds for the clock tower repairs be added to the amended budget.
Bob Walter, who sits on the personnel and finance committee, agreed to bring up the issue at their next meeting.
According to the clock tower committee report, the following repairs are among those needed to be performed on the clock:
• remove the clock from its base and transported to a location where it can be restored safely
• rubberize the flooring, including wrapping the angle iron and install flashing
• strip and paint exterior
• repair several holes in the clock’s ‘skin’
• rubberize roof and repaint the iron below the clock structure
• replace all interior cables
• apply wood epoxy to wooden surfaces around clock faces
• update electrical wiring
The committee is still in need of finding a location where the clock can be stored while the repairs are made.
Rob Treynor may be reached at (740) 852-1616, ext. 19 or via Twitter @RobTreynor.