Carillon system proposed for Genoa church
A proposal to install an electronic chime system in the Genoa Town Church will be presented to town residents at a Feb. 17 meeting.
Genoa restaurant owner Gilles LaGourge is raising money to purchase the system, which would be similar to that which operates in the Paul Laxalt building in Carson City.
Town board chairman Brian Williams said that LaGourge approached him about the chimes after hearing the ones in Carson City.
Williams said LaGourge told him that the bells reminded him of his childhood in the Basque country.
While LaGourge is raising money, town board members have more questions than opinions on the issue.
“It’s pretty ill-defined right now,” Williams said.
The town church has a bell, but it could be replaced, said town resident Sue Knight.
“It’s a tinny thing,” she said.
Knight said she researched electronic carillons and estimated a system would cost $3,800.
Town board member Dave Whitgob suggested it would be a good item for the town hall meeting.
“It would be good to get more input from the community before making a decision,” Williams agreed.
Board member Jenn King said she liked the idea.
“I think it’s a fabulous idea,” she said. “It should be in the church and the town should maintain it.”
King said she didn’t see the town pitching in on the fundraising.
“If he doesn’t raise the money right away, then we wait until he does.”