New Kenai Town Clock ticks in 2006
As the year 2005 past into history last weekend, the new Kenai Town Clock ticked in the New Year at Leif Hanson Memorial Park with a design that inspires memories of a great fishing year and hopes for an even better one to come.
Kenai Mayor Pat Porter is delighted to have the new town clock up and operating and hopes it will inspire memories as well as great hopes for the future, “It’s been a wonderful project, wonderful because we’ve had such a great response from our local businesses and individuals to make it happen,” said Porter, who believes that the new clock will become a Kenai town center.
A few weeks ago Marathon Oil Company presented the Mayor with a check for $2,500 to help complete the project. According to Porter her predecessor had put $5,000 in the budget for the project which she supported, but quickly came to discover when elected Mayor that $5,000 wouldn’t even cover the cost of the workings for the clock, “That was when it got exciting and folks started stepping up to support the town center concept. ConocoPhillips took the lead in the construction by donating their welders and materials for building the structure, Bill Nelson did the design work to be sure it will stand forever and never fall down. Carlile Transportation Systems donated the shipping to bring the clock works here that were purchased by the City, and the list goes on and on, and that spirit of support is what will truly make the clock our town center,” said Porter adding, “One of the most heart warming things about our clock is that Officer John Watson who gave his life in the line of duty two years ago Christmas Eve had always envisioned a town clock, so part of his memorial fund was dedicated to funding the clock project as well, so it’s been just a huge heart touching project,” said Porter. According to the Mayor plans are under way for an official dedication of the Kenai Town Clock this spring. The design for the illuminated town clock was donated by Celia Anderson, professor of art at Kenai Peninsula College, “It is just a perfect design for our community,” added Mayor Porter.
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