By Devin Rose
A new clock will be delivered to River Forest in the next few months, thanks to a committee's recent decision to buy it with money leftover from the village's 125th anniversary in 2005.
The seven-member committee chaired by Fire Chief Jim Eggert was selected by the village board and charged with determining a use for about $36,000 in donations and banner sales from the anniversary. Since it was not enough to cover the first phase of a restoration of the Cummings Memorial, the money had been sitting unused.
The committee liked the clock concept because the significance of the passage of time tied in with the anniversary. They said it was a unique idea for the village and would be visible to all from the northeast corner of Lake Street and Lathrop Avenue. It requires little to no maintenance and costs about $15,300 plus installation and shipping from a clock manufacturer in a suburb of Boston.
The clock was one of a handful of ideas the committee came up with during their five meetings between April and June. Others included a sculpture, fountain and donation to the River Forest Public Library's garden project.
The recommendation for the clock was unanimously approved by the village board Monday.