After weeks deliberation and residents’ input, the Lovettsville Town Council last night unanimously selected two slightly different designs for the clock tower at the Lovettsville Square retail center.
The only difference between the two designs is color of the face and hands—one has black hands and numerals on a white background, while the other has gold hands against a blue background. The clock’s four faces will be lit at night.
The vote followed the recommendation of the town’s Parks Committee which worked with the Glockenspiel designer Christoph Paccard Bell Foundry in South Carolina.
The two black and white sides will face South Berlin Pike and West Broad Way, while the blue and gold sides will face the Town Square and the Town Green.
So far, the town has budgeted $25,000 in FY 2017, sufficient to install the first clock face at a cost of $19,500. But it will be necessary to raise funds for the remaining three faces. If installed all at once, the cost for the clocks and installation would be $45,500—a significant savings for the town. If the clocks are installed later, the additional cost would be $10,000 per clock, plus an installation fee of $2,500 for each separate trip.
The clocks have a five-year warranty that can be extended to 10 years with the purchase of an annual maintenance fee of $500—for either one or four clocks.
Town Manager Laszlo Palko was directed to determine whether any unspent money was available from FY 2016 to add to the project.
The road to final selection was a long one. The committee submitted its design recommendations in May to the Town Council, whose members decided the town residents should be polled on four choices before making a final selection.
Residents responded enthusiastically, sending in well over 600 votes. The blue and gold design received the most votes for the first choice face while the black and white received the highest tally among the first four choices. Approximately 30 percent voted for either all four clock faces the same or only having two different faces. An open to have a digital clock was removed from consideration as it did not receive sufficient votes.