Contractors Murray Rimmer and John Trodd began the restoration process to the clock faces in April of this year. The extensive work included the removal of all 96 pieces of glass, which were then used to create templates for the new glass inserts. The new glass pieces were coated with a ballistic film to protect them from birds and weather systems that could bring high wind, heavy rain, or hail.
Additional work included:
- A deep clean inside the clock tower.
- Repainting of the clock faces.
- Sanding and painting of the clock numbers.
The restoration project finished at the end of September.
The clock is affectionately known as “Big Cliff” in honour of former City of Moose Jaw Maintenance employee Cliff Simpson, who was caretaker of the clock from 1971-1993. Although Cliff passed away in 2012, his family was able to tour the clock tower and see the renovations to “Big Cliff” on his birthday, October 20.
The clock mechanism and gears are still era-specific, and the turret is still hand-wound every 14 days. The gears were restored in 2014, which is also the year the clock turned 100 years old.
The City has resumed accepting submissions for themed lighting of the clock tower. To make a lighting request, email the Mayor’s office: firstname.lastname@example.org a minimum of 30 days prior to the requested lighting date.