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Waverly Place Clock Back, Up-to-Date

Old mechanisms replaced in downtown Main Street icon.

The Waverly Place Clock, an icon of downtown Madison that was installed about 15 years ago at Main Street and Waverly Place, went "missing" for several weeks starting in mid-February for repairs.

It's back, after two members of the Madison Downtown Development Commission replaced the mechanisms inside.

After receiving high price quotes to fix the beloved clock, DDC committee members Brad Cramer of and local architect Craig Erezuma researched ways to accomplish the project on their own.

Instead of repairing the broken arm in the clock, they decided to replace the old mechanisms with state-of-the-art mechanisms that they bought at wholesale. The restored clock can re-adjust itself to the correct time after a power loss and set itself to Daylight Savings Time.

Cramer said there was a lot of wiring involved.

"It wasn't that bad," he said. "It was an $11,000 repair that we did for less than $3,000."

The DDC worked with the and the Madison Electrical Utility on the project.

The DDC said it would like to express their gratitude to David Maines and Lewis Cornine at the DPW and Michael Piano, David Artigliere and Joel Phillips at the MEU for their care, compassion and efforts in helping to restore the Madison town clock with the DDC.

Carol Baumgartner April 17, 2012 at 09:42 AM
Excellent job guys! That was an incredible savings. I love that clock. I'm glad we had Brad Crammer and Craig Erezuma to take on this important project. Thanks!
janice jayne April 17, 2012 at 07:10 PM
Hurray for these sensible people!! I'm rarely moved to comment, but that kind of generosity and pragmatism are rare these days indeed...long may you( and the clock) run!

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