Lamoureux Park Clock Tower getting repaired

The Lamoureux Park Clock Tower on Friday, Sept. 20, 2019. The Clock Tower is going through a $14,000 repair to replace all the movements inside and correct two of the four clock faces which don't work. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)

CORNWALL – If you’ve glanced up at the Clock Tower in Lamoureux Park you may have noticed that two of the four clock faces always read 12-o’clock.

That’s about to change as Cornwall’s symbolic park focal point is going through some much needed repairs this week.

A contractor is replacing the four movements this week which run the clock hands.

Parks and Recreation Manager Jamie Fawthrop says the existing equipment could not be repaired.

The cost of the new mechanism is $14,000.

“This wasn’t a planned expense, so we didn’t have a specific amount set aside in the budget for this project, however we do have a line item in our budget for Contracted Services, to handle unexpected repair work such as this,” Fawthrop told Cornwall Newswatch.

The Clock Tower once had chime as the city’s 1996 noise bylaw included an exemption for “bell or chimes,” but Fawthrop says the repairs won’t include those.

As for the lighting, which is banks of fluorescent tubes inside the tower and halogen spot lights outside at the base, it’s not part of this project. Fawthrop says a lighting upgrade has been discussed but it would be a separate project for an electrical contractor.