Does anyone have the time?
As deadlines woosh past in the various Osakis renovation and revitalization projects, one issue remains unsolved. Where will the clock go?
The decorative, four-sided clock was placed in Osakis in 2007 when the Lake Wobegon Trail was connected to the Central Lakes Trail, creating an uninterrupted 120-mile long paved path through winding Minnesotan landscape.
When the 2016 Downtown Project got started, the clock was removed with the intention of placing it in the bump-out at the northwest corner of Main Street and Central Avenue. It was later determined that the bump-out wasn't a good option because so many trucks drive through there.
The clock has been in storage and at the Nov. 6 city council meeting, City Engineer Sheila Krohse said the contractor from C&L Excavating isn't responding to her inquiries about what to do with the clock. C&L Excavating initially bid $1,200 for the removal, storage and reinstallation of the clock.
The council recognized that $1,200 isn't enough to cover the project as it stands.
Because the contractor is not responding with a bid to replace the clock, Krohse obtained a bid from the electrician the city is working with on the downtown project. It bid $6,000 to $7,000 to work on the clock conundrum.
The council decided to obtain additional quotes from other electricians. Krohse also suggested that the project could potentially be added to the Riley Brothers' contract for the spring.
Either way, the final resting place for the clock is still to be determined. Council member Jim Snyder and Krohse are meeting to discuss some possible locations.
"It's no fault of Sheila," Snyder said about the bungle with the clock. "Let's not shoot the messenger. It honestly got lost in the paperwork."
No matter who is in charge of replacing the clock, Krohse thinks it won't be going up until the spring.
A letter was presented to the council, reminding them of the formal commitments to take care of the clock.
The letter states, "Maintenance and insurance of the four-sided clock will be the responsibility of Osakis Onward and the Osakis Chamber of Commerce."
The letter was signed in 2007 by then-president of Osakis Onward, Ralph Laven, and then-president of the Osakis Chamber of Commerce, Carol Mihalchick.
The 2017 Downtown Improvement Project remains unfinished. Riley Brothers was contracted for an Oct. 1 completion date. Neither Krohse nor the Riley Brothers submitted bills at the November regular city council meeting.