MOULTRIE, GA (WALB) - An iconic landmark in Moultrie that was severely outdated, has just been fully renovated.
The Clock Tower is positioned in the heart of downtown Moultrie.
With it’s location, and the significance it carries for the community, county leaders spearheaded a full scale renovation.
Mac Lawson, Colquitt County maintenance superintendent, said the manual upkeep of the clock was becoming a financial burden.
“I mean the man hours alone, because it’s a mechanical clock, it’s a mechanical movement and you actually have to go on site to pull a specific pin, and turn a certain dial. It was time consuming," Lawson said.
Lawson said the clock couldn’t maintain accurate timing.
Now, the clock is operated through a more sophisticated system and chimes each hour.
“It works like it’s supposed too," Lawson said. “When you look up there and it sounds off for 3 o’clock, it’s 3 o’clock.”
Lawson said its equipped with technology that allows them to remotely fix any problems through a tablet.
“If the hands get out of sync it’s easy to adjust," Lawson said. “If we have power outages, it will reset automatically to the right time.”
Moultrie city leaders told WALB they too wanted to get involved since they’ll be using it.
Amy Johnson, downtown economic development director, said they donated $5,000.
“We just thought, you know if we’re going to sell those as ornaments let’s put that money back into the downtown," Johnson said. “Let’s continue to make it better. Let’s continue to make it where more people will want to come and see it.”
During downtown events, Johnson pointed out, they won’t have to worry about music quality or manually changing songs.
After several years of not working properly, the clock tower is now fully functioning and when you hear chimes, it’ll be the correct time.