By Cole Parkinson
Even though Vauxhall’s centennial celebration has been pushed to 2021, the centennial clock is still going forward.
While it was originally stated the centennial committee was looking at going with Americlock, the plan has changed and they are partnering with a different company out of Ohio.
“Verdin Company in Cincinnati, Ohio because they have a location in Ontario and gave us a Vauxhall delivered price. Verdin also had the most information to conclude the purchase. They are the company that had the highest price, but we felt it is the best clock. They’ve done this since 1842,” explained Joerg Klempnauer, president of the Vauxhall and District Chamber of Commerce in an email sent to the Times late last month.
Quotes from three different manufacturers were originally given to the group and presented to council from Electric Time ($51,176), Verdin ($58,317) and Americlock ($49,132).
From the last update to Vauxhall town council, the group had amassed around $35,000 and now, Klempnauer says they are even closer to the end goal.
The Municipal District of Taber had also carried by motion a donation of $3,000 to go towards the construction of the clock.
Other funding for the clock is coming from the Vauxhall Ag Society ($10,000), Columbia Seed ($6,000), BRID ($10,000), Claassen Farms $1,000 and $10,000 from the town’s Heritage grant.
Each financial supporter of the clock will also have a plaque displayed on the legs of the tower.
Plaque sizes includes a combined plaque (up to $1,000), 2” wide by 2 1/2” ($1,000 to $2,499), 4” wide by 2” high ($2,500 to $4,999) and 5” wide by 4” high ($5,000 and up).
“We are about $10,000 short on funding, but we know we will get it all together.”
Stemming from Centennial Committee discussions along with town council, the idea is to build the centennial clock tower between 407 and 415 2 Ave North.
The clock is scheduled to be completed this summer and will be featured heavily at next year’s centennial celebrations.