Mountville decides it's time to repair 2 borough clocks
BY DEAN LEE EVANS, Correspondent
Two historic timepieces in Mountville will keep on ticking thanks to funds from the borough.
Council members on Monday, March 25, agreed to pay Bob Desrochers Watchmaker of Lititz $755 to repair the two-sided clock in front of borough hall and the four-sided clock at the top of the VFW building.
Both clocks are in the first block of East Main Street.
"The Town Hall-VFW tower clock needs a new timer to control the lights," said Councilman Richard Spiegel.
The clock in front of borough hall, which is not working, needs two new motors, Spiegel said.
Repairs for the borough hall clock and the VFW clock, including parts and labor, were estimated at $480 and $275, respectively.
Councilman Francis Zimmer asked if it would be cheaper to replace the mechanical clock at borough hall with a digital clock.
"Maybe in 200 years it will be cheaper, but not right now," said Spiegel, adding that the initial cost of a digital clock would be more expensive than the two motors.
"The (last set of) motors lasted 50 years," he said.
Councilwoman Christine Eshleman said council discussed the possibility of installing a digital clock but decided against it.
Council President Paul Chin said a digital clock would not "fit with the motif" of the neighborhood.
Mayor Philip Kresge agreed. He thought residents would rather see a mechanical clock motion, punctuating his opinion by circling his finger clockwise in the air.
"The clock is an integral part of the sign," he said.
In other business, Zimmer reported on a recent water emergency that resulted in a "do not consume" order from the borough's water supplier, Columbia Water Co.
Zimmer said as soon as the water emergency was declared, a water supply truck was dispatched to the borough for residents to fill containers
He said some residents attending a meeting related to the water emergency did not have prior knowledge of the "do not consume" order.
"We did everything we could to notify people," said Chin.
Zimmer said there wasn't much more the borough could do if people didn't have televisions or radios on.
"We did everything but stop traffic and hand out flyers," he said.