ABERDEEN – According to Monroe County Building and Grounds Director Phil Herndon, it has been two and a half years since the clock at the county courthouse has worked properly. He, Richard Hogan and worker Steve Mullins have been working to correct that issue to make the bell chime on the hour again. In the process, they’ve saved roughly three-fourths of the cost of having a professional clock company do the work.
Part of the clock face was damaged during one of February’s storms, and it was replaced through the recent work. The replacement cost for the clock face was estimated at $6,280, not counting installation and shipping.
The total cost estimate was more than $10,000, and the estimated savings to the county $7,361.
The Monroe County Courthouse underwent an extensive renovation in 2008, which included work on the clock tower. The courthouse’s bell was made in Cincinnati.
The county’s building and grounds crew continues to work on the former Monroe County Health Department next to the courthouse. The Mississippi Department of Archives and History-assisted project is expected to be complete this summer.