Fiscal court decided Tuesday there was no need to enter into a $580 maintenance agreement with The Verdin Company to tinker with the old clock that sits in a cupola on top of the historic Logan County Courthouse.
The Verdin Company has been working on the clock for over 40 years. In fact they are the ones who put the last innards in the clock that has actually been a part of the community close to a century.
However, since the magistrates are looking to replace the timepiece, they felt it to be redundant to spend any funds on maintaining the clock the way it is now.
“I don’t see a point,” said magistrate Jo Orange.
The clock is wearing out says Thomas E. Hovey, product manager of The Verdin Company. Hovey says the clock is in need of a lot of work to get it going properly again and most likely needs to be replaced.
The popular timepiece recently stopped chiming on the hour- as it has for decades- due to its worn out condition. According to Hovey, his technicians found the bell strikers’ solenoid coil had been burned, and the clock was three hours behind. But the clock’s strikers are not the only problem, the equipment is worn out as well, and should be replaced, or the time will continue to drift off of the correct time.
The Verdin Company was quoted to charge $18,000 to replace the clock. However, Chime Masters out of Ohio read about the county’s courthouse clock problems in the News-Democrat & Leader and contacted Judge Executive Logan Chick’s office asking if they could look at the problem. Their cost came in a bit lower, but the court has yet to make a decision on who will fix it.
Right now the county is waiting to see if Russellville grant writer Kaye Simmons can find some funding to replace the clock, which would not only save a piece of history, but money out of the taxpayers pockets as well.