Time stood still at the Washington County Courthouse for nearly three months.
The clock in the courthouse tower, which stopped working in early September, was repaired and back in service on Nov. 23.
“Something in the mechanism wasn’t working,” County Auditor Dan Widmer said. “It still chimed on the hour.”
Widmer said he was not sure exactly when the clock stopped working but started looking into repairs after someone pointed it out to him in early September.
“We made a call about it pretty quickly,” he said.
On Sept. 15, Americlock, a St. Louis-based company, sent an estimate to the county.
The estimate included $3,700 for a self-starting clock movement with “stainless steel spindles and nylon self-lubricating bushings with composite gears.”
The mechanism will control all of the tower’s clock faces.
In addition to the cost of the mechanism, Americlock charged the county $2,500 to have installers travel from St. Louis to install it in the courthouse clock.
“They were here all day long on the Monday before Thanksgiving,” Widmer said.
The county paid 50 percent of the bill upon accepting the quote, with the balance due after installation.