The historic Soldiers and Sailors monument on Public Square should look like new by the end of the fall.
Work on restoring the 1891 Civil War monument could begin in the next few weeks.
All the restoration project needs to proceed is approval from the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, City Senior Planner Michael A. Lumbis said.
He looks forward to the statue shining as it once did.
It will return to its original beauty, he said.
The monument was erected after Mr. and Mrs. George Cook donated $10,000 and a fundraising campaign was conducted in 1889.
American sculptor Henry Augustus Lukeman and architect Edward Pearce Casey designed it.
Watertown City Council members recently hired Conservations Solutions Inc., a Santa Fe, N.M., company that specializes in monument restoration, to complete the $98,921.44 project.
The companys bid came in significantly lower than expected, Mr. Lumbis said.
It was almost $75,000 less than the $172,975 proposal submitted by Pennsylvania-based Kreilick Conservation.
City officials will use $75,000 in state funding for the project.
In 2010, the city received a $150,000 state grant to restore the monument, but the city can now only receive half of that because Conservation Solutions bid was low, Mr. Lumbis said.
The city is required to kick in a 25 percent matching grant.
We were quite pleased with it, he said, adding he did not know the reason for the bids discrepancy.
The project includes repairing the foundations mortar joints and removing accumulated moss, dirt and stains that mar the monument.
Water, remnants of minerals and some rust now run down the monument, causing discoloration and stains, according to documents Conservations Solutions submitted.
The surfaces of the soldier and sailor bronze figures have corroded over the years and turned turquoise but will be restored to their original blackish green.
The granite stonework shows signs of atmospheric and biological soiling in several areas, according to the documents.
At a cost of $11,726, a sword will be replaced on the monuments sailor, Mr. Lumbis said.
He doesnt know how long the sword has been missing or how it disappeared.
Officials expect the work to take about three weeks.
The project, the final component of the $7 million Public Square restoration completed in 2008, started after Conservation Solutions finished an assessment of the monument three years ago and determined it needed work.