By Don Groves
The Albany Ledger
In a few months Albany residents will soon be hearing the familiar ring of the bell above the Gentry County Courthouse.
The Gentry County commissioners said Sept. 8 they’ve met with an engineering firm and have applied for a grant to repair the courthouse clock tower. The south entrance to the courthouse has been closed since December after loose bricks were discovered in the tower’s interior.
Wallace Engineering of Kansas City has already created schematics for the south side of the courthouse, county commissioner Larry Wilson said.
Wilson said a historical preservation grant is being applied for to help with repair costs. If the county is awarded the grant, Wilson said the county would have to match $70,000 with $30,000 of its own. The grant deadline is Oct. 1.
Wilson said regardless of the grant application outcome the county will begin repairing the clock tower. Once complete, the tower will be fully automated and the bell again will ring in downtown Albany.