Following a lengthy debate, Bracebridge Council voted to replace the downtown clock with a more economical digital version.
A report noted the excessive staff time used for constantly winding up the clock at Taylor and Manitoba. The report also stated that with the flip of a switch, the colour of the clock’s face could be changed for special occasions such as Canada Day.
There was some debate about who would be responsible for setting the clock back an hour in the fall or resetting the digital digits after a power outage when they would display a flashing “12:00”. None the less, it was felt the giant watch batteries required would be cheaper in the long run than the endless amounts of WD-40 needed to keep the clock from squeaking.
“The clock will be easier to read as the Roman numerals will be gone,” noted Bracebridge Mayor Rick Maloney, during the April 1 council meeting. “I think Roman numerals are best reserved for ancient texts…and maybe the Superbowl.”
Council hopes to have the clock installed by April 1 of next year.
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