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Let’s not turn the clock into a controversy

— For the past couple of weeks we’ve shared some ideas about the Liverpool Clock Campaign which aims to erect a Victorian-style timepiece at Washington Park Point at the intersection of Oswego and First streets.

The brainchild of local businessman Jack Fisher, the clock campaign raised nearly $30,000 of its needed $35,000, and on June 17, village trustees voted unanimously in favor of making up the difference. They scraped up five grand from a federal “multi-modal” grant administered through New York state and designed to improve transportation around and about Washington Park.

Mayor Gary White explained that the village would draw the money from $29,000 remaining from the original $305,677 grant awarded 12 years ago.

Regardless of the mayor’s found-money explanation, some village residents have labeled the trustees’ action as irresponsible, frivolous, in essence a waste of money.

I disagree.

The Liverpool Clock Campaign clearly spelled out its noble intentions: to inspire village pride, community and history.

And isn’t that exactly what the trustees should be promoting in every action they undertake? Of course, it is.

Five large is a small price to pay for a visible, tangible village asset that will warmly welcome the thousands of motorists cruising daily through Heid’s Corner.

Current context

Let’s put this current controversy in context. Ever since Fisher announced the effort and began raising money last year, we have heard from the naysayers.

“Why do we need that clock?”

“Don’t we already have a village clock on the First Presbyterian steeple?”

“Who’s going to pay when the new clock needs fixing?”

At first I myself posed some of these same questions, but I soon realized that the Liverpool Clock Campaign deserves our support.

I’ve never even met Jack Fisher, but I know he’s a man of vision. The way I hear it, after seeing similar antique-y clocks in East Syracuse and North Syracuse, he became convinced that Liverpool should have one too.

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