Time Ticking Away ...

Hatboro's clock tower turns 200 years old this year and residents, elected officials hope to secure funding for its eventual restoration.

Hatboro officials are, once again, trying to reset the hands of time.

The governing body, during its Monday night meeting, approved submission of a $10,000 matching grant to cover the cost of devising a detailed plan related to the equipment, labor, cost and timeline necessary for disassembling, preserving and reassembling the 200-year-old clock tower, which sits atop borough hall.

The application for potential funding from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission is due on Thursday, according to Bill Dixon, state Rep. Tom Murt's legislative aide and one of many involved in the to restore the clock. The borough for the same funding, but was turned down, Councilwoman Patty Fleming said. 

Fleming said officials should know by June if the grant funding is approved. Those involved are hoping to secure a $5,000 grant, which Fleming said would be matched with "in-kind services" and money fundraised by the various parties involved. 

Horsham native Isaiah Lukens istalled the clock in 1812. Lukens later made a similar clock for Philadelphia’s Independence Hall.

In other business, the council followed through in its plans to , which had limited where registered sex offenders could live. Other towns are revoking their ordinances following changes to Megan's Law, as well as court challenges. 

The council also approved a at Miller Meadow; and gave the go-ahead to publish a spring and fall  at a cost of roughly $600 in mailing costs per issue after the complimentary first edition. 

The council also amended its trash container ordinance to to 50 gallons and a maximum 60 pounds of trash per container; and approved the purchase of a body replacement for a 1999 International trash truck in the amount of $60,576.70.


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