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Clock Tower Proponents Seek Final Funding Push

Hatboro is about 10 percent short of the amount needed to cover restoration costs for its 200-year-old clock tower.

Hatboro is about 10 percent short of the amount needed to cover restoration costs for its 200-year-old clock tower. Photo credit: Theresa Katalinas
Hatboro is about 10 percent short of the amount needed to cover restoration costs for its 200-year-old clock tower. Photo credit: Theresa Katalinas
After nearly two years of fundraising, the Hatboro group tasked with raising the 50 percent borough match for a $25,000 state grant is hoping for one final financial push.

The borough's clock tower committee intends to ask the Hatboro Borough Authority to chip in the remaining $3,750 to cover the estimated $51,000 expense of restoring the circa 1812 clock tower, according to Borough Manager Fred Zollers.

The group recently sought the blessing of the Hatboro Borough Council–which it received–prior to attending the authority's Feb. 5 meeting to inquire about the possibility of funding, Zollers said. 

"We had to have all that money in an account for the grant," Zollers said, noting that February is the deadline. 

Once the money is in borough hands, he said "legal things" would be drawn up and work should get underway soon after. 

The borough has not officially designated a clock restorer. However, borough businessman Keith Winship of Winship Pieces of Time is a likely candidate considering he devised the clock's restoration plan.

"The grant from the state has no stipulations," Zollers said. "It probably does not have to be bid out, probably because the work’s so specialized." 

del January 19, 2014 at 08:26 AM
And the reason to restore this clock is? This thing was restored already an didn't last plus its at the end of Hatboro which makes it out of the way for anyone to really look at the clock or need the time. Its past its days so lets use the money in a better way. just sayin
Yikes! January 19, 2014 at 06:40 PM
Well, not everyone shares your lack of enthusiasm, del. "The Money" raised was by private entities who want to see the clock repaired and preserved. Why shouldn't Hatboro take pride in it's beautiful historical icon like other towns do??

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