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Bell ringing will be back in a month

Courthouse project estimated to cost $4,500

September 19, 2012
By ANDREW POTTER - Staff Writer ( , Times-Republican

It will be approximately one month before the bell in the clock tower at the Marshall County Courthouse rings again.

During a meeting Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors directed Todd Kelley, director of buildings and grounds, to move forward with a company which has plans to add a new ringer to the bell and check up on the clock workings.

Kelley received an estimate of $4,478 from Mechanical Watch Supply of Minnesota and it appears that is the route he will take. It did not need official board approval Tuesday, but all three supervisors were in agreement with the direction Kelley is going.

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The bell in the Marshall County Courthouse clock tower will ring again. It is being fixed for an approximate cost of $4,500 and is expected to ring within four weeks.

"I think we ought to go ahead," said supervisor Deane Adams. "It sounds reasonable."

The existing ringer on the bell appeared to be too much of a hassle to repair so a new ringer will be affixed to another side of the bell.

"The bell is going to ding on its own little deal," Kelley said.

It will still be up to the supervisors on when the bell does ring.

They are leaning toward having it ring on the hour during the day and shutting it down late at night, but the official decision has not been made.

The bell ceased ringing several years ago when complaints were made and the mechanism didn't function correctly. It was brought up several weeks ago that the supervisors would like the ringing to return.

Kelley said it will take the company four weeks to get the parts needed and it is probably just a one-day job to fix. He received estimates from three other companies in the Midwest, but this company came in with the lowest bid and it was the closest to Marshalltown.



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