Clock work set to begin By Donna M. Perry


LIVERMORE FALLS – Repair work on the town’s nearly 100-year-old tower clock is expected to begin within a week.

Selectmen agreed to give the job to tower clock repairman Jim Bryant of Wayne, who has worked on the Seth Thomas clock housed in the tower atop the Bank Building on Main Street. Bryant has worked on many of the 100 tower clocks in Maine, according to his business profile.

Bryant quoted a price of $12,000 to do the repairs, restore the clock’s moving parts, including a bell clapper, all dial motion works, and paint the clock area, selectmen Chairwoman Jackie Knight said Tuesday.

The board discussed putting the clock repairs out to bid but decided against it since Bryant is familiar with the clock, she said.

Over the past several years, the Jay-Livermore Falls Rotary Club, residents and students helped raise about $7,325 for the repair job, which had been estimated to cost $12,000. Residents voted to raise the additional $5,000 this year to get the clock restored.

The clock was installed in 1912 when the bank building, then known as the Sharaf building, at 38 Main St., was rebuilt after being destroyed by fire in 1910.

D.S. Thompson, an optician, jeweler and community leader in Livermore Falls, donated the clock to the town. The original cost was estimated to be $1,200.

Bryant guarantees his work for a year and expects the clock to be finished before Thanksgiving, Knight said.

In other business Monday night, selectmen agreed to let Town Manager Martin Puckett gauge the interest of residents in buying recycling bins, Knight said.

An agency is offering to sell blue recycling bins with a minimum order of 100. The cost of the 18-gallon bins is $8 each, Knight said. A sign-up sheet will be put up at the town office to see if there is any interest, she added.

Knight also noted that there are two vacancies on the Budget Committee if anyone is interested in volunteering their time.