DABA donates clock in downtown Arlington

ARLINGTON — Oct. 29 will see the Downtown Arlington Business Association dedicating the completion of a project that’s been one of their goals for years.

“Mary Green, a local business owner and longtime Arlington resident, had the dream of the downtown businesses purchasing a town clock,” DABA President Debora Nelson said. “The thought has been there for many, many years. A fund was started in 2009 and slowly crept up to $700 through donations.”

Nelson credited the proceeds from different DABA-hosted events throughout the years, including the annual Show ‘N Shine Car Show, with allowing herself, DABA Treasurer Julie Tate, Secretary Debbie Whitis and Vice President Morgan Macauley to move to purchase the clock and have it installed on Olympic Avenue.

“The City Council accepted this gift at their Aug. 1 meeting,” Nelson said. “DABA organized and covered the cost of the installation of the clock with the help of project manager Terry Marsh, [city Recreation Coordinator] Sarah Lopez, Cuz Concrete and Donnelson Electric. The guys who helped to lift this hefty clock are retired Arlington Fire Chief Jim Rankin, Jay Downing, and David and Justin Klein.”

The clock is installed near the downtown Arlington parking lot and its ribbon-cutting ceremony will commence at 11 a.m. on Oct. 29. It was purchased from East Bay Clock Company and stands 12 feet tall. It’s made of heavy cast iron, with gold trim and an unbreakable face. Nelson described its style as complementary to historic downtown Arlington, and estimated that the cost of its purchase and installation adds up to an approximately $9,000 investment in the city.


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