- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 1, 2014

MUSCATINE, Iowa (AP) - Officials in Muscatine County are considering their options for restoring a clock that’s perched atop the 104-year-old courthouse.

The clock, with its four faces, is broken and has been stuck at about 4:20, the Muscatine Journal reported (https://bit.ly/1s3h5ah ). Supervisors met Monday to discuss how to fix it.

“The clock in the tower has not been functioning for some time,” County Budget Coordinator Sherry Seright told the board.

The tower and courthouse were completed in 1910. The clock has mechanical parts dating to the 1940s.

Supervisors are considering several options, including restoring the clock to its original condition. That would cost between $25,000 and $35,000.

Board Chairman Bob Howard was responsive to the idea of restoring the clock. He said there could be historical grant funding or other sources available.

“This is one of those items that can get legs,” he said.

Howard asked whether a contemporary rehabilitation would affect the courthouse’s historical designation, but other officials noted others repairs to the building had no effect on the designation.

Officials decided to further investigate whether they should install a contemporary mechanism at a cost of between $7,500 and $9,500. They would catalog and store some original clock parts.

They also would look into whether the four clock faces require repair. That would have a $6,500 to $8,500 cost per clock face.

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Information from: Muscatine Journal, https://www.muscatinejournal.com

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