Clock tower grant application presented at Commission

bbashioum@demo-mo.comOctober 4, 2013 

County officials are ready to submit their grant application in hopes of receiving funds to make the Cass County Courthouse clock ticking once again.

County Economic Developer Melissa Freeman, assisted by local clock enthusiast Larry Boucher, presented their application to Cass County Commissioners during a regular meeting Sept. 26.

New York Essence of Time clock restorer Chuck Roeser examined the clock in late May and said the clock is in need of total restoration.

The quotes given for the restoration and preservation of the clock, a 1909 Seth Thomas Model No. 16, were offered in three components.

The first option, with a cost set at $33,500, was given to restore the clock mechanism as it now, with an electric motor.

The second option, to restore the movement back to an original weight driven pendulum operated movement as factory original, came in at $60,000.

As a third additional option to whether the county decides option one or two, Roeser is also recommending restoring the clock’s exterior wooden dials, for an additional $24,000.

“Everybody that I’ve talked to about the tower clock has been 101 percent supportive,” Boucher said.

During a meeting earlier this summer, Presiding Commissioner Jeff Cox asked Freeman to pursue a grant from the Missouri State Historic Preservation Office, a division of the Department of Natural Resources.

The organization awards about a million dollars annually statewide. The maximum awarded per project is $100,000.

“All of our state legislators have written letters of support,” Freeman said. “It’s a significant project.”

The grant application is due in mid-October and winners are expected to be awarded within 4-6 weeks of the deadline.

“It’s a competitive process,” Freeman said.

There is a 30 percent match agreement for the grant.

Cox said the total cost of project is $106,450. If awarded the grant, the county would be on the hook for approximately $31,000 of the project.

He is speculative that monies will be available through the county’s Courthouse Restoration Fund.

Freeman added that if the county is awarded the funds, the restoration project should be able to begin Jan. 1, 2014.

In other meeting business, commissioners made the following actions:

Approved budget amendments to the Health Department’s 2013 budget due to an increase of funds received.

Approved budget amendments to the Sheriff’s Office 2013 budget due to additional revenue received.

Approved a program services contract for Child Care Health Consultation through the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.

Approved an agreement with Control Services for technical services and support at the Justice Center.

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