News and Tribune

Recent Local News

April 10, 2013

No start work date set for Town Church Clock in New Albany

NEW ALBANY — What was initially labeled as a positive project to preserve the city’s history again became the subject of a debate Tuesday. 

The ongoing project to rehabilitate Second Baptist Church was again brought before the New Albany Board of Public Works and Safety. 

Last month, Building Commissioner David Brewer issued a cease-work order for construction on the historic structure after he declared organizers of the project failed to receive permission before removing clock faces from the Main Street church.

Known as the Town Clock Church, the building served as a link in the Underground Railroad during the Civil War era.  

According to Brewer, the main reason he hadn’t approved the work was because the contractor for the project, DM Masonry, wasn’t properly licensed for what he dubbed as commercial work. 

Irv Stumler — a former mayoral candidate and a leader in the group Friends of the Town Clock Church — has said he doesn’t agree with Brewer’s assessment that DM Masonry is required to obtain such a license. 

DM Masonry President Frank Delbridge said he’s scheduled to take the test for the license on Friday, though he may not need the certification as Padgett Inc. has agreed to serve as the primary contractor on the project. 

Padgett — which is licensed for commercial work — would allow DM Masonry to work as a subcontractor, and would cover the construction with its insurance. 

However Stumler again expressed his disappointment with the delays in the project, saying he has been in constant contact with Brewer, yet the order to commence work still hasn’t been issued. 

Board of works President Warren Nash said the license and order to start construction have to come from the administrative wing, but he added he understood there were some safety concerns that were delaying the project. 

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Recent Local News
LOCAL MAGAZINES
Easter 2014 photos


Click on any photo to purchase it.

SPECIAL CONTENT
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
AP Video
SKorea Ferry Toll Hits 156, Search Gets Tougher Video Shows Possible Syrian Gas Attack Cubs Superfans Celebrate Wrigley's 100th Raw: Cattle Truck Overturns in Texas Admirers Flock to Dole During Kansas Homecoming Raw: Erupting Volcanoes in Guatemala and Peru Alibaba IPO Could Be Largest Ever for Tech Firm FBI Joining Probe of Suburban NY 'Swatting' Call U.S. Paratroopers in Poland, Amid Ukraine Crisis US Reviews Clemency for Certain Inmates Raw: Violence Erupts in Rio Near Olympic Venue Raw: Deadly Bombing in Egypt Raw: What's Inside a Commercial Jet Wheel Well Raw: Obama Arrives in Japan for State Visit Raw: Anti-Obama Activists Fight Manila Police Motels Near Disney Fighting Homeless Problem Michigan Man Sees Thanks to 'bionic Eye' S.C. Man Apologizes for Naked Walk in Wal-Mart Chief Mate: Crew Told to Escape After Passengers
2013 Photos of the year


Take a look at our most memorable photos from 2013.