Dassel area chamber makes progress on clock tower

June 16, 2008

By Roz Kohls
Staff Writer

Dassel Area Chamber of Commerce has found a way to get the clock tower planned for the lawn of Dassel City Offices finished.

The two-legged 14-foot tall tower has the brick work, donated by AAA Developers, complete, but fabrication of the curved metal top had hit a snag. Now the chamber has found a fabricator.

At the chamber meeting Tuesday in Hojies Grill & Smokehouse of Dassel, Bob Wilde reported that David Mages of Cokato was putting together a quote to fabricate the top of the tower.

Porta Dock of Dassel is donating the frame, but the fabrication of the top would have been done by an outside company, Wilde said. That is what caused the delay in finishing the project.

Jeremy Freyholtz of Porta Dock drew up the original plan. The two columns of brick are about five feet apart. The tower will be nine feet wide when finished.

American Time & Signal of Dassel is donating the clock with a rooster on it. Eventually, the tower will have an electronic message board on it, similar to the board displayed by Dassel Cokato High School along Highway 12.

In other chamber business, Elisabeth Schmieg said the chamber needs only 50 more signatures from Dassel area residents in the 275 telephone exchange to get a vote on extended area calling.

Dassel needs a total of 400 signatures. If the voters approve of extended area calling, Dassel area residents will be able to make telephone calls to and from the metro area without paying long distance.

The chamber also discussed a sign advertising Dassel businesses to be erected at the intersection of Highways 12 and 15, or at the city limits. Quotes for signs are still being considered.

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