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January 27, 2019 - February 2, 2019

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Church Renovation

Renovation Committee Activities

In May 2018, numerous Parish members were polled to determine Parish improvement priorities.  Parish members overwhelmingly recommended replacement of the church carpeting and lighting and sound system improvements, all of which are more than thirty years old.  The Renovation Committee (RC) was formed in early October 2018 to develop plans to implement the wishes of the parishioners.  Following several RC meetings, a truck ran into the corner of the church on 25 October so the RC temporarily halted its work.

As the RC developed a better understanding of the repair process, several aspects emerged:  1) Our insurance will cover substantially all the damage and associated repair to our church; 2) It is estimated that we will not be able to use the church itself for services until Spring 2019; 3) Because of damage to the existing carpet, the carpet in the entire church will need to be replaced and will be paid for by insurance.   Our old carpet color is no longer available; 4) To replace the carpet will require all pews to be removed.

In light of the pews having to be removed, it presents an ideal time to replace the light and sound systems prior to putting in new flooring  We have reactivated the RC and we are looking at various floor covering options.  Insurance will pay to provide similar quality carpet to what we have today; however, many parishioners have suggested we consider other floor covering options, which we are doing.  There may be a cost increase compared to what insurance will cover and the Parish will need to make up any difference.  The committee has retained John Mahon, an architect from Bracke, Hayes, Miller, Mahon Architects LLP to assist us in developing proposals for floor covering in the church nave and sanctuary, ceiling lights for the entire church and audio system improvements for the church and church hall.  We also need to assess how the Parish will fund any improvements the RC recommends.

The RC will communicate updates as we progress.  Your Renovation Committee (RC) members are: Father Tony Ego, Roberto Alleruzzo, Willie Dukes, Mary Heiar, Henry Hicks, Randy Jaminet, Jack and Mary Knepp, John Kratt, Mary Ann Lapaczonek, Emil Maslanka, Ron and Peg McDermott, Brian and Camy Stone and Aaron Venker.  Please direct any questions you might have or share your comments with committee members.

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