Where Will The Clock Tower Be Built?

By Jane Ernsberger
Times-Junction News Editor

Donations continue to come in for the Clock Tower Project, both to the City of Willard and to the planning committee. As originally proposed, the clock tower was to be placed in the greenspace at 2 S. Myrtle Ave., the former location of city hall.

Acting Willard City Manager Shawn Tappel told members of council he has spoken to Laura Lee Wilson, director of the Huron County Community Library. Plans have been discussed that include moving the clock tower to the city parking lot at the corner of Myrtle Avenue and Pearl Street.

"If that is what council decides it wants to do," Tappel noted, "what do we do with the gazebo?"

One of the thoughts, he told council members, was possibly moving the gazebo to the library-owned parking lot at the corner of Myrtle Avenue and Emerald Street. Renovations for the Willard Memorial Library will be ongoing this year, including some changes to the parking lot.

"The library is going to want to do their changes right now," Tappel pointed out. "They are fixing that building and fixing that parking lot, and I don't want to hold them up by saying we might go over there."

Tappel said there are some landscaping plans included in the renovations. He said he wanted input from council so everyone could proceed.

"I just don't want to put them in a situation where they are waiting for an answer from us," he noted. "Is there a way we could fit this in later? If not, don't let us hold you up."

Council member Ricky Branham asked Tappel if there was some sort of time frame for the renovations at the Willard library.

"My understanding with the clock tower is they think it will happen," said Branham. "It's still going to be some time yet. I imagine their work might all be done before the clock tower is started.

"So, they are open to the idea of putting the gazebo in the parking lot," he noted, "but after completed."

Tappel said he thought the library administrators wanted to do all of the work at the same time. "If that's going to happen."

He asked council members to sit down and decide what they wanted to do with the gazebo if the clock tower is put in the downtown parking lot.

"Let me get this straight," noted council member David Sattig. "You are talking about the gazebo or the clock?"

"They want to put the clock where the gazebo is," Tappel explained. "Then they would move the gazebo somewhere else."

Tappel said he would let Wilson know the city does not want to hold up the renovation plans for the library.

"We would need to approve it anyway," noted council president Josh Gerber. "The clock tower is just a committee."

"You might decide you don't want the clock tower where they want it," Tappel pointed out.

"Especially when the Girl Scouts did all that work down there," Gerber said."That's where it was supposed to go."

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