Boyne City Manager report reveals cost to repair historical clock

The cost to repair the antique timepiece falls within the range originally speculated by the city's lead architect working on the city facilities project.
Pictured is the city's historical 1904 clock as it originally stood in downtown Boyne City.
Pictured is the city’s historical 1904 clock as it originally stood in downtown Boyne City.

By Benjamin J. Gohs

Boyne City Manager Michael Cain gave his usual report on recent items of interest to the Boyne City Commission recently.

The biggest piece of news, as Cain addressed the commission during its first regular meeting of the year on Tuesday Jan. 12, was what it will cost to get the city’s historic tower clock repaired.


Equipment operator

Cain said he and Boyne City Streets and Parks Superintendent Andy Kovolski interviewed five of the 14 candidates who applied for the position of light equipment operator. The position is open after a long-time employee retired recently.

Cain said a man has been chosen for the job and he should begin work by the end of the month.

Facilities bids

Bid documents for the new city facilities project are set to be released on Monday Jan. 25 and are scheduled to be due by 1 p.m. on Friday Feb. 12—this is also when the bids will be opened and reviewed by city officials.

“Both these dates are a little ahead of the schedule Ray (Kendra of Environment Architects) shared with us when we met on Dec. 8 (2015),” Cain said. “If all goes well, we will be considering the bids at our Feb. 23 regular noon city commission meeting.”
Cain said the bond sales for the city facilities project are also moving along after being approved by the city commission in December of 2015.

The notice of the sale will be published on Tuesday Feb. 23. The sale will occur at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday March 8.

“We expect the bonds to be delivered on Wednesday March 23,” said Cain.

Historical clock report

Cain said the city has received the report on its historical 1904 E. Howard & Co. tower clock.

The Balzer Family Clock Works of Freeport, Maine, was contracted to give the estimate on what it might cost to repair the antique timepiece.

“Their cost to restore and transport the clock—including four new faces and sets of hands—is proposed to be $92,244,” Cain said. “Once we receive the bids for the new city facilities project in, we’ll have a better idea on how well this possible projects fits into our available funds.”

Open space progress

City work crews have removed the foundation of the shell of the building that had been constructed on the 475 North Lake St. open space formerly owned by Devlon Corporation and now leased by the city from two local developers.

“One less thing there to obstruct the view and use of that property,” said Cain.

Winter at Avalanche Preserve

The warming house has been opened for the season at Avalanche Preserve and work has begun on the ice skating rink for the season.