The time of day

Volunteers add mulch and plants beneath a newly installed clock in downtown Watervliet Friday afternoon. The Watervliet DDA was granted $3,500 through the Michigan Realtors Association for the project. 

WATERLVIET — A clock that only tells the correct time twice a day isn’t much help to anyone. 

When the Watervliet Downtown Development Authority discovered this was the case with the large clock downtown, they decided to spring into action. 

“We looked into getting it repaired and it was so expensive that we decided we might as well buy a new clock,” DDA Chairman Bob Becker said.

He said Chana Kniebes, with the North Berrien Community Development & Coloma-Watervliet Area Chamber of Commerce, helped the authority apply for a grant for the project. 

In July, the Michigan Realtors Association awarded a $3,500 Placemaking grant to help buy and install the new clock. 

The new clock, from Lumichron Tower Clock Co., was installed last week adjacent to Library Park. 

“It’s a self-fixing clock. It’s all automatic. It’ll redo the time at the time change, lights up at night, it’s the whole enchilada,” Becker said.

C and H Concrete poured the base of the clock and the Watervliet Public Works Department helped get the area ready. 

During a quick dedication event in the rain Friday, volunteers planted mums and spread mulch around the grassy area surrounding the clock. 

Becker said Kniebes and her husband, Robin, supplied all the material for the landscaping. 

“What we’re trying to do with the landscaping is complement the Library Park, which is absolutly gorgeous,” he said. “Then I think later, next summer, we’ll put some bricks around that and dress that up a little bit. It’ll look really nice, I think.”

Becker said the DDA is very pleased with how the project came together. 

“We are indebted to everyone who helped and to the Michigan Realtor Association for giving us the ‘time of day’,” he said.

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