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 Vauxhall and District Chamber. “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 have 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 from Coun. Brian Brewin was thrown out for financial support of the clock.
“That’s just somewhere to start,” he added.
A motion to provide $3,000 for the Vauxhall clock tower was approved unanimously.