Time takes toll on 1907 Meriden clock tower

MERIDEN, Conn. (AP) — A 107-year-old clock tower atop Meriden’s City Hall could be removed as city officials grapple with a $350,000 renovation cost.

The Record-Journal reports that City Councilor Steven Iovanna calls it a symbol of Meriden. An architect, Iovanna says he’s unsure he’d favor removing it, but says officials should consider all their choices.

Mark Zebora, director of Parks and Recreation and Building Maintenance, says weather has caused the tower’s exterior to rot. He says it’s a priority every year, but the cost takes it off Meriden’s list of capital improvements.

City Council Deputy Majority Leader Brian Daniels said the money needed to repair or renovate the tower could be spent to pave streets or make other improvements.

The clock tower and gold leaf dome have been landmarks since City Hall opened in 1907,

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Information from: Record-Journal, http://www.record-journal.com

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