KAYSVILLE -- Mayor Brian Cook dreams of the city having a stately Millennium Clock Tower in front of the city library by the year 2000.
However, donations for the estimated $100,000 clock have only totaled about $3,000 so far, and some members of the City Council wonder why they haven't been more involved with the ambitious project."I'd love to have it," Councilman Darrell Horne said at the council's March 16 meeting.
On the other hand, he's concerned that only $3,000 has been secured so far and yet a tentative groundbreaking ceremony has been set for noon April 17. He doesn't want a groundbreaking until the council can discuss the project.
Councilman Reed Nelson said he also wants the clock tower. But he's upset because the citizen committee that is handling the project hasn't reported back to the council.
"We ought to be more involved in the loop," Nelson said.
He also agrees the city ought to have a good chunk of the money in hand before it begins.
Cook still maintains the project will be done with donated funds and no tax money.
He envisions the clock would encourage use of the downtown area by creating a landmark that would chime and play melodies regularly.
City officials hope the clock will be completed in time for the Christmas season and will be able to ring in the new year.
The city has been soliciting donations through its newsletter and utility billing.
Those residents who donate to the clock can have their family members' names placed inside a special time capsule that will be placed in the base of the clock tower. It would be opened on New Year's Eve in the year 2025.