Town clock work to begin

PAT FRIDGEN
Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania donated $1,000 to the Borough of Greencastle towards the restoration of the clock tower. Accepting an oversized check Sept. 8 were Mayor Robert Eberly, left, council president Charles Eckstine, and Columbia representative Tom Warner.

The town clock is scheduled for renovations and Greencastle got a little help with expenses from a corporate donor. Columbia Gas official Thomas Warner presented a $1,000 check to borough council Sept. 8.

"Columbia prides itself on being a good community neighbor," said Bethany Burtyk, media relations spokesperson.

Warner was project manager when the utility company completed its infrastructure replacement project on Baltimore Street last winter.

The clock tower has overlooked Center Square atop First National Bank of Greencastle for 137 years. Even as the bank recently changed its name, the clock remains a landmark in the community. Borough council awarded a contract to GRC General Contractors Aug. 18 to make renovations at its base bid of $38,000. The price went up $8,230 after the borough was notified by the Department of Labor that prevailing wage rates applied. The initial bid was made under the auspices of maintenance rather than construction. With the notification, GRC's alternate bid was added to the package  at last week's meeting.

The company will restore the clock tower, replace and restore decayed wood on balusters, and paint the entire structure. Even with the additional expense, borough manager Kenneth Womack reported to council that the cost was within the budget.