Clock tower renovation funds OK'd

Mayor, council agree to spend $42,790 on 1896 structure

Ohio company hired

September 25, 2001|By Maria Blackburn | Maria Blackburn,SUN STAFF

Westminster's mayor and council agreed last night to spend $42,790 to rehabilitate the city's historic clock tower atop the old Main Street firehouse.

The council awarded a contract to an Ohio steeplejack company to renovate the clock tower.

Built in 1896, the buff-colored brick tower needs restoration to its woodwork and windows as well as updated lighting.

Work will begin shortly and should be complete within several weeks.

The council, which had budgeted $25,000 for the project, agreed to shift $20,000 in unused funds from the City Park retaining wall project to cover the additional cost of the renovations.

In July, the council delayed spending $25,000 to renovate the clock tower because the bid it received for the project was higher than expected.

Also last night, Westminster Mayor Kevin E. Dayhoff condemned the acts of terrorism in the nation Sept. 11 and urged residents to unite as a community in the face of this "senseless tragedy."

"It is at a time like this that we all need to come together as a community ... a community that is glued together by a common sense of purpose that we are all Americans," he said.

Surrounded by a group of about a dozen residents, many of whom were Indian-American, Dayhoff proclaimed yesterday Celebrate Diversity Day in Westminster.

In other business, the council agreed to pay Baltimore engineering company Whitney Bailey Cox & Magnani LLP $28,003 for design plans for the downtown Locust Lane pedestrian area.

The city wants to make the pedestrian mall that runs between the Longwell Avenue parking lots and East Main Street safer, more aesthetically pleasing and more accessible to the disabled.

In addition, the council approved a city ordinance that allows construction of age-restricted housing for seniors downtown.

Federal housing laws allow for age-restricted housing, but Westminster had not addressed the issue in its city code.

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