Trustees kick in $5,000 of village money for vintage clock

— Liverpool’s trustees figured it was about time that the village contributed some money to the Liverpool Clock Campaign spearheaded by local businessman Jack Fisher. When Fisher’s year-long fund-raising effort came up $5,000 short of its $35,000 goal to erect a Victorian-style timepiece at the eastern end of Washington Park, at their June 17 meeting the trustees voted unanimously in favor of making up the difference with village taxpayer dollars.

“It’s going to be a really nice thing for the village,” Mayor Gary White explained.

Trustee Jim Rosier supported the measure as did his fellow board members Bob Gaetano, Dennis Hebert and Nick Kochan, but Rosier wants to make sure the village gets some bang for its 5,000 bucks. Many of the clock campaign’s contributors gave $50 in return for acknowledgement on engraved bricks that will be placed at the clock tower’s base, Rosier pointed out, and some businesses kicked in larger amounts which will be recognized in the form of “minutes” on the clock.

“I just want to make sure that our contribution is acknowledged in some way,” Rosier said after the trustees approved the expenditure.

The antique-y stand-alone clock, which will be illuminated at night, will eventually stand in Washington Park Point at the intersection of Oswego and First streets.

If you’d like to donate, email liverpoolclockcampaign@gmail.com, or call Bridgette Plessas at 652-3773.

Another viewpoint

I bumped into former Liverpool Mayor Al Sahm last Sunday, and he was none-too-pleased about the Liverpool Clock Campaign.

“Sure, everybody thinks it’s a good idea now, but down the road when it needs repairs and upkeep, the village will get stuck with maintaining it, so it’ll cost Liverpool taxpayers plenty of money,”Sahm said. “If I was still mayor I never would have supported that plan.”

Noisy lawn mowers

Second Street resident Jennifer Gruenberg appeared at the June 17 village board meeting to inquire about the village sound ordinance. Landscaping contractors have been loudly mowing lawns on the weekends, she said, and they’re starting their motors early in the morning.

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