Pitch made to repair clocks

Vernon's clock tower losing time

A politician is wound up over Vernon’s clock tower losing time.

Coun. Shawn Lee is concerned the clock on the corner of 32nd Avenue and 31st Street hasn’t worked properly for years.

“The clock is right twice a day,” he said.

“It’s an irritation to citizens who go by because it’s not working. It needs attention.”

The clock was part of Vernon’s 1912 post office, which was demolished in 1959.

It was installed in the tower, in front of the museum,  in 1967.

One city employee was responsible for maintaining the clock but he retired a few years ago. It’s believed the clock hasn’t functioned properly for four years.

“There’s expertise we don’t have,” said Rob Dickinson, engineering manager.

A Kelowna-based company that specializes in clocks has been contacted to do an analysis of the time piece.

“We will look at the clock and see what has to be done. It could be a total rebuild,” said Dickinson.

If repairs are expensive, the clock will have to be considered by council as part of the city’s 2012 budget.

Costs will determine if the clock is fixed,  but Lee would like to see the project proceed.

“It should work because it’s a landmark. When it’s not working properly, it doesn’t reflect well on the city,” he said.