MILLBURY, Mass. - The Millbury Redevelopment Authority has been drumming up support for a revitalization project for the lower Town Common with its proposed clock project. The group has started a Facebook page and recently taped a segment on the Millbury Public Access television channel on the subject.
Leonard Mort of the Redevelopment Authority has frequently pointed out that this project is not funded by taxpayer dollars.
"In order to fund this, we're going to have to rely on the generosity and contributions of builders, businesses, developers, organizations and residents as well," he said. "Hopefully ... we will start receiving those donations. If anyone would like to make a donation to this project they can make it to the Redevelopment Authority at the Municipal Town Building, 127 Elm St. or drop it off for the Town Clerk."
Mort has said that the clock will serve as a "silent sentinel in the center of town" and add to the community for many years.
The cost of the clock, installation and a stone seating area with benches around the clock area will cost approximately $45,000.
The four-dial Howard clock will stand 15 feet 6 inches tall, and while the outside looks like a throwback, the inside of the clock will be all modern technology. The clock will have a GPS system in the top of the unit so that the time will be exact and an energy saver in terms of electricity.
Those who donate $10 or more will be given a clock pin; those who donate $1,000 or more will be given a desk clock which is an exact replica of the real one.
Mort's presentation on Millbury's Public Access Television will air on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m., Thursday at 9 a.m. and 10 p.m., Saturday at 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.