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Clock tower restoration pushed

March 19, 2001

Clock tower restoration pushed



By STACEY DANZUSO / Staff Writer, Chambersburg


The clock tower atop the Chambersburg Borough Hall - once an open cupola with an operational bell - could be restored to its glory days of the early 1900s if the borough can raise the money for its renovation.

"The cupola was an open clock tower with an operational bell and fancy lattice work in the early 1900s," said Eric Oyer, borough manager.

Oyer recently asked the Chambersburg Borough Council for its support in pursuing state funds to restore the bell.

Oyer said last week borough staff believes it would be an appropriate time to embark on the restoration project, with the borough's 200th anniversary of incorporation approaching in 2003.

Oyer said borough employees and retired workers have volunteered to form a committee to oversee the endeavor.

The project is broken into two phases - investigation and the actual work.

"I think it's a worthwhile project," said Councilman Harold Kennedy.

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Council members unanimously voted to approve Oyer's request to move forward with the state grant application.

He anticipates the first phase would cost about $37,800, which would include determining the condition of the tower and what would need to be done to preserve it.

"I have no idea what the cost of the actual restoration would be," Oyer said.

He assured the council March 14 they would not be asked to contribute any money to the project. The restoration would be completed strictly with state grants or donations, he said.

Oyer said the next step is to submit the grant application to the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. The council would then have to wait and see if the state approved funding for the first phase.

If the borough receives funds to restore the clock tower, it would probably be surrounded by glass panels to prevent damage from pigeons and water, Oyer said.

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