By Cole Parkinson
While the Town of Vauxhall’s centennial celebration has been pushed to 2021, there is still a strong belief the town will be able to celebrate their 100 birthday a different way.
In planning for several months, the Vauxhall centennial committee has been preparing for construction of a clock tower to commemorate the 100 years of Vauxhall.
While COVID-19 has certainly put a damper on the birthday celebration, the group is confident the clock will be ready this year.
The group is still after funding for the clock and a letter addressed to Municipal District of Taber council was brought to their regular meeting on April 28 for a discussion if councillors wanted to contribute.
“…The clock tower is something we will be unveiling later this summer,” reads the letter from Joerg Klempnauer, president of the VDCC. “We as a committee have chosen to celebrate ‘time’ by building a clock tower to stand in downtown Vauxhall.”
The committee identified Americlock as the lowest quote to construct the clock with the letter stating they needed around $55,000, with $35,000 already secured.
“Historically in Vauxhall, we have supported things that haven happened like the pool and this is a fairly momentous event. I think it would be worth showing our support,” said Coun. Tamara Miyanaga.
Each financial supporter of the clock will also have a plaque displayed on the legs of the tower.
Plaque sizes includes a combined plaque (up to $1,000), 2” wide by 2 1/2” ($1,000 to $2,499), 4” wide by 2” high ($2,500 to $4,999) and 5” wide by 4” high ($5,000 and up).
“The ask isn’t necessarily to support the event but the clock tower, that’s how I take that. I think we should still be conservative but also recognize that our financial situation, we have to be mindful. The clock tower is something they have been working on for a few months,” added Deputy Reeve Jen Crowson.
A suggestion of $3,000 was thrown out for financial support of the clock.
“That’s just somewhere to start,” said Coun. Brian Brewin.
A motion to provide $3,000 was approved unanimously.