Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Time running out for Saugatuck clock

This clock's days are numbered

Time is running out for the clock atop the entrance to Saugatuck City Hall, 102 Butler St. The time piece hasn’t been on time for months and the city plans to “take care of it” when the facade of the building is painted.

“It was a cheap clock when we bought it and it’s still a cheap clock,” said Councilman Henry Van Singel.

The clock, which has neon lighting around it, is not original to the building, according to city officials, though no one at city hall knew when it was first installed.

City hall was originally a fire hall built in 1880. It was redesigned and renovated in 1926 and again in 1957. In 1988, it was again redesigned and in 1990, the building was listed on the State Register of Historic Sites.

City Manager Kirk Harrier is collecting bids for painting the building and the clock issue will be addressed at that time.

The clock on this building in Saugatuck is on time.

Saugatuck city has at least one other outdoor clock — on the building that houses Del Sol at the corner of Culver and Butler streets — located diagonally across the intersection for city hall.

Douglas has an outdoor clock on Center Street. Fennville has one on Main Street.

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