LIMA ó While the average person practically needs a list to remember all the clocks that need changed, including the microwave, this weekend. Imagine what itís like for some businesses when daylight-savings time goes into effect early Sunday.
Allen County offices have to change wall clocks in each office and any other clocks that sit around. Maintenance workers have to change the clocks in the tower at the courthouse, or at least the two that still work since two are broke and so is the county. The clocks arenít getting fixed anytime soon.
County maintenance workers will fan out Monday morning changing batteries of office clocks and setting the right time, said Dana Sterling, superintendent of buildings and grounds.
Sterling expects workers to be done in a few hours, or less. He said it takes time but really is not that big of deal.
ďMost offices take care of their own needs,Ē he said.
Computers have made things easier since most computers are programmed to account for the change, he said.
But that doesnít cover everything at the county, Sterling said. The clerk of courtís office, for example, has time stamp machines for court records which have to be manually changed, he said.
Bath Schools Superintendent Bill Lodermeier said the wall clocks are connected to a computer that changes all of them. A maintenance worker will stop by Saturday to make the change to ensure everything is in order by the time students arrive Monday.
While things are easier at the schools now, Lodermeier remembers the days he was in a classroom in he 1970s when teachers pulled their classroom clocks off the wall and turned a knob to set the time.
At Allen Correctional Institution inmates will be used to set the appropriate time on all clocks in housing units, work areas and offices. The inmates responsible are those assigned to clean those places, said Dean McCombs, a spokesman for the prison.
Time clocks that record employee work hours are computerized and set themselves, McCombs said.
The prisonís security lights are automated based on the level of daylight outside which is why the lights may be on during the day if itís dark, McCombs said.†