Bob Gregan first approached the North Branford Town Council about a . Gregan returned to the Town Council 16 months later to seek final approval for the project.
Mayor Anthony Candelora provided some history on the project before Gregan spoke.
“Mr. Gregan has started fundraising in honor of his wife who was very involved with town in many ways,” said Candelora. “He’d like to move ahead ASAP and Mr. [Fran] Merola has agreed to help with the footings of the clock. It would be a beautiful addition to the area.”
The Janet Gregan Memorial Clock will be placed on the grounds at the Atwater Library and Reynolds-Beers House, home to the Totoket Historical Society(THS) where Janet was heavily involved. The boards of both the library and THS have already approved the project.
Gregan and the THS have raised more than $10,000 toward the $12,000 needed for the historic reproduction with the promise of any additional needed funds coming from the Gregans’ daughter, who also attended the meeting.
The clock, which is being ordered through a company based out of Ohio that has been in business since the 1840s, also has a backup battery so it will still operate if the power goes out. The clock will be a similar style to those in the attached photos.
“Knowing my wife and how humble she was, I know she probably wouldn’t even want something like this,” said Gregan with Deputy Mayor Joanne Wentworth noting that the THS is “the best place to put the clock as Janet was so involved there.” The Town Council unanimously approved the project.
“She liked spending time at the library, too,” said Gregan, who thanked the Council, Library Director Bob Hull and Public Works Director Fran Merola. “We’re hoping to get it in in early springtime.”