Allen County courthouse clock works bid awarded

By Craig Kelly -

LIMA — The same company restoring the Allen County Courthouse clocktower will also be in charge of re-installing the tower’s clock works.

NR Lee Restoration, of Delphos, won the bid to install an authentic, refurbished clock works mechanism from 1884 into the tower, with the cost not to exceed $93,400.

“It was pretty close to the era we needed for the clock tower,” project manager Dana Sterling said. “Now this will not be operated with counterweights like the original clock would have, but the actual clock mechanism itself is exactly the same and will be modified to work with a motor.”

The money needed to pay for the clock works was raised privately through efforts of former commissioners Sam Bassitt and Dan Reiff and donations from PotashCorp, among others.

Additionally, bidding is now open for the second phase of the courthouse project, which would repair the roof. The estimated cost of repairing the roof and preventing any further water leakage is $900,000. Bidding will be open until 11 a.m. May 9.

“It’s more complicated than the clock tower,” Sterling said. “There’s such a large area, and it’s not just a flat roof. We have a mansard that goes around, as well as corner spires, and the mansard and spires have asbestos shingles.”

The work would include all the roof up to the clocktower base, as well as the mansard and spires, the gutters and downspouts.

“We need to have the envelope dry so we can get started on fourth floor renovations, but you can’t do anything while you still have water coming in the building,” Sterling said.

Reach Craig Kelly at 567-242-0390 or on Twitter @Lima_CKelly.

Reach Craig Kelly at 567-242-0390 or on Twitter @Lima_CKelly.