Commission asks for clock repair estimate

bbashioum@demo-mo.comMay 3, 2013 

A ticking clock on the Cass County Courthouse is one step nearer to possibly becoming a reality.

County Commissioners voted unanimously in favor of spending $550 to have a professional New York clock restorer evaluate the condition of the clock, mounted on the south side of the courthouse in Harrisonville, during their regular meeting April 25.

Peculiar resident and clock repairer Larry Boucher encouraged commissioners to evaluate the costs of making the clock operational once again during a March meeting.

“What I would like to see is to bring this thing back to its original condition in the tower house itself,” Boucher said.

Boucher said the clock hasn’t been keeping time for about five years, and recommended the county to look at receiving an estimate from a renowned New York clock tower restorer, Essence of Time, who is currently doing work in Kansas City, Kan.

Presiding Commissioner Jeff Cox entertained the idea, and said that funding might be available from the county’s Courthouse Restoration Fund, possibly as early as next year.

“It seems to me as a pretty good cost benefit because it really comes down to our identity and history,” said Cox, in March. “I think it’s important because it’s a focal point of the historical Square.”

The restorer typically charges $550 plus expenses to inspect a clock, but has agreed to look at Cass County’s clock without incurring any traveling expenses.

Giving a ballpark figure, Boucher said he estimates the repairs to be about $20,000. He said the county could also look for grants to finance the project.

“This just approves the initial funding,” Cox said. “It doesn’t bind the county to anything beyond the $550.”

In other business, Commissioners took the following actions:

Accepted the County Collector’s recommendations for printed office supply bids for the year.

Reappointed Michael Vink, of Raymore, and Alvin Poisal, of Garden City, to the Cass County Park and Recreation Board.

Approved a professional consulting services agreement with Sequoia Consulting Group in reference to the Title IV-D Child Support Program not to exceed $9,500.

Motioned to make a request for bids in regard to sidewalk repairs at the Justice Center.

Accepted five requests for qualifications for mechanical engineering services for the courthouse’s third floor HVAC system.

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