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Posted on: June 16, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Town Clock Restoration

Town Clock Restoration

Many City of Richmond residents may have noticed that our Town Clock was receiving some maintenance this week. In this year’s budget, our Tax Increment Finance Authority (TIFA) approved $26,500 for restoration of the Town Clock. Regulator Time Company has been out this week restoring the clock. This company has done work for the City of Richmond twice before and this type of maintenance is done typically every 10 years. The last time the company worked on the clock was in 2012. Below is a breakdown of the work that has been performed on the clock:

Remove 4 clock faces, 4 pair of hand and crystals

  • Remove 4-way transmission and dial trains
  • Remove clock works and motor
  • Separate individual clock case components to prepare for sandblasting 
  • Strip existing coatings consisting of paint, grime, dirt, etc.
  • Enclose perimeter of clock with scaffolding and heavy plastic to contact blasting material
  • Clean up of all media debris and paint
  • Removal from sight
  • Prep work for primer coat
  • Priming of the entire clock and posts with lion heads and chains
  • Painting of all necessary parts to original color, dark bronze and gold
  • Assembly and installation of all clock components and street clock parts

 Regulator Time Company of Manhattan Kansas has been in the clock restoration business for 35 years. They specialize in tower clock and street clock restoration and have completed jobs nationwide. Owner David Seay has a passion in the study of time and the repair/restoration of timepieces that is still prevalent after 30 years of working in this profession. Regulator Time Company also utilized a local company, Laser Mark-It, to repaint the 4 clock faces for Richmond’s clock. 

 The historic town clock was erected July 17, 1924, by Gilbert "Square Deal" Miller of Detroit, as a testimonial of his affection for his birthplace. It is located at the intersection of 69394 North Main at Park Street. The town clock has become a landmark and is utilized by the City in its logo and on signage throughout town.

 For any questions, please contact City Manager, Jon Moore, at jmoore@cityofrichmond.net or DPW Director, Jim Goetzinger, at (586) 727-7575.

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