County to replace courthouse clock controller
Nov. 15, 2010 at 5:15 a.m.
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Time may be free, but the cost of repairing the clock that tracks it isn't.
The Victoria County Commissioners Court voted Monday to spend nearly $4,800 to replace the controller for the clocks atop the 1892 courthouse.
"It is obsolete as far as parts are concerned," said Dale Lesikar, the county's maintenance supervisor. "If I was to have a problem with it right now breaking down, it would just be sitting idle until we got a replacement."
While the original bell remains in place, the working clock is an electronic device installed in 1999 when the courthouse was restored and uses a circuit board controller.
The controller is so old that it doesn't automatically change for the switch to and from daylight-saving time and it won't accept manual changes, Lesikar said.
"If it's 12 o'clock, the bell will not strike until about two minutes after," he said. "I cannot get that corrected."
Information from the manufacturer, The Verdin Co. of Ohio, states the new digital bell and controller will automatically adjust the time each fall and spring. It also has a battery backup in case of power failure.
It has such added features as funeral toll and strikes on the half hour.