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Hatboro Embarks on Next Phase of Clock Repair

The Hatboro Borough Council intends to apply for a state grant to help fund restoration of its 200-year-old clock tower.

With the first phase of the process to restart the hands of time for Hatboro's historic clock tower barely underway, officials are looking ahead to next steps.

The Hatboro Borough Council during its meeting Monday night formally approved a proposal from Keith Winship of Winships' Pieces of Time to devise a detailed report outlining the costs and repairs needed to restore and preserve the borough's 200-year-old clock tower, which sits atop borough hall. 

Winships' work to create the report - which is being funded by a 50-50 grant and local match - is expected to be complete by Dec. 31.

But, before that happens, Borough Manager Fred Zollers told Patch that the governing body is expected to take action next month on another state grant application. If awarded, that matching grant "would cover actual work," Zollers said. 

Borough historian David Shannon told Patch earlier this month that he was still working to determine an amount sought in the forthcoming grant application, which has a March 1 deadline. 

Shannon, through The Millbrook Society, is leading fundraising efforts associated with the local match needed for the clock, which was installed by Horsham native Isaiah Lukens in 1812, prior to his completion of a similar clock for Philadelphia’s Independence Hall.

Officials have said it would cost between $35,000 to $50,000 to restore and preserve the clock and make it functional again. Winship's study would address anticipated repair costs, as well as the work itself needed to get the clock ticking again.


Theresa Katalinas January 31, 2013 at 04:15 PM
Wondering, If the repairs are funded in part by state grants, the borough would be required to follow specific protocols, including going out for bids.
M.A.DeLuca February 01, 2013 at 06:36 PM
Save the clock tower. Mayor Wilson is sponsoring an initative to replace that clock. Thirty years ago, lightning struck that clock tower, and the clock hasn't run since. We at the Hill Valley Preservation Society think it should be preserved exactly the way it is, as a part of our history and heritage!
Wondering in Hatboro February 01, 2013 at 08:04 PM
Mayor Wilson did noy try to save Hatboros' Clock. M.A. Deluca did you get hit by lightning 30 years ago? Wrong clock , wrong town.
priorities people! February 03, 2013 at 07:11 PM
I wish council would spend as much time trying to fix the police building for our cops. Who cares about a clock when our cops are working in a building that is crumbling around them.
Bill Godshall March 01, 2013 at 04:52 PM
Preserving history is what makes a town a good, comfortable and, desirable place to live. Granted the 50s and 60s were not kind to the architecture of York Rd. but, let's learn from our past mistakes while we move Hatboro forward. There are still many beautiful old buildings in our town that deserve TLC. As far as the youth are concerned maybe a part of their future should be shaped by them. There are plenty of volunteer opportunities to take advantage which could fill up a good portion of their time. Many of the institutions in town offer activities as well, The Y, the Hatboro pool, sports teams,etc. Youth is a good time to spend for your future.

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