They took their time, so to speak, but it would appear that city council got it right when it comes to giving a $15,000 facelift to the civic centre clock tower.
Coun. Shawn Lee’s initial campaign to get the clock operational once again seemed simple enough to begin with but took enough turns to drive any city hall watcher cuckoo.
Apparently it hadn’t worked for years, which is not a good symbol or metaphor or anything else for city hall, so it seemed like a good idea to get the city landmark ticking again.
Except the man who fixed it had retired, and no one knew where the original mechanism for the clock was hiding, and the cost was going to prove to be prohibitive, as the excuses and delays and weeks passed.
Finally, on Monday, council rejected paying the $65,000 it would take to restore the original mechanism and strengthen the tower and instead came up with a reasonable compromise.
The city will spend $15,000 to upgrade the clock tower and restore it to working order thanks a new, inside modern mechanism.
The newly found original mechanism will be donated to the Greater Vernon Museum.
So, finally, all that’s left to do is the work itself.
City hall is promising that not too much time will pass before Vernon citizens will see the clock restored to its former glory and landmark status.
The pledge was to have it done before Christmas but it would be wise and beneficial to all concerned if it was completed before Nov. 19 so we could count on city hall to at least give us the correct time once again.
Vernon Morning Star