Council approves purchase of industrial park land

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The clock tower in Cairo, Ga., was submitted as an example of what could be added to the proposed Chipley city park to be located at the site where the historic water tower once stood.

Published: Thursday, June 13, 2013 at 01:06 PM.

CHIPLEY — Resident Holland Kent presented the idea of building a clock tower on the site where the historic Chipley water tower once stood to the city council on Tuesday.

“I understand there are plans to put a park at the site where the water tower once stood,” Kent said. “The water tower was seen as a landmark for Chipley, and I think what replaces it needs to be a landmark as well.”

Kent presented the council with photos of clock towers, including the Cairo, Ga., town clock bell, as a potential landmark for the proposed park.

Councilman Kevin Russell was appointed by Mayor Linda Cain to head up a committee charged with developing a park on the site where the city’s water tower once stood. The tower was taken down due to safety concerns on May 21.

“Years back, Louis Valencia worked hard with the city to place a clock at the corner of 77 and Railroad,” Kent said. “I think we should consider the same concept on a larger scale.”

He said cost of the Cairo clock tower was about $100,000. He also submitted photos of the Westfield, Mass., clock tower which cost about $500,000, as an example.

“This is great,” Russell said. “This is what I want, I definitely want input from the residents. We don’t want this to just be a committee of five people deciding what goes in the park.”



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