Barber School bell will remain silent for now

The historic bell that rests in the cupola on top of Barber School may have a familiar ring to it, but it may be awhile before it clangs.
Marie Havenga
Dec 20, 2011

Village Council on Monday discussed options for the bell, but concluded it was best to not take action until non-taxpayer dollars could fund it.

Village intern Eric Alexander researched options to record the bell and play it on a daily basis. He told council on Monday that it would cost $7,300 for manual operation and $8,300 for an automated broadcast. Alexander also noted the hard drive option could hold up to 10 hours of recordings, including Christmas carols.

Councilman Steve Nauta said he would prefer the bell ring for special events instead of on a daily basis. He suggested the bell could ring before council meetings.

Village President Bill Filber said he likes the idea of the bell sounding, but that he does not want to use public funds.

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