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Maintenance Ministry Report Annual Meeting January 2008

Nick has been indispensible around the parish as usual. I can’t tell you how many times I had to go to him with problems that needed attention and he is always ready to help. The following email I received from Nick is typical of what he deals with on a regular basis.

“One of the railings in the stairwell leading to the old basement has been ripped out of the wall. I was hoping the anchors I used would have worked as well as the ones on the opposite railing. I believe one of the women in the Pads program uses a wheel chair and lifts herself up with the railing. The proper fix would be to cut out sections of drywall and add plywood backing behind the drywall securing it flush to the studs, replacing the drywall, taping and touch up painting. The railing brackets now would be screwed through the drywall and directly into the plywood. I'll get on that this week. I'll be attaching the book holders to the back of the chairs in Stea's classroom.(wish list) Light bulb replacement this week as well.

I'll take a look at the water damage at the bell tower. Hopefully a one time occurrence. I don't know the damage, if any to the mattress storage room in the old basement due to a water leak. Wait and see? I'll try to get the water damaged tile replaced at the front door entrance. In the event of snowfall should we direct the plow company to salt the lot automatically? I ask only because my requests for salting were ignored the last two times. Seems like it's all or nothing with them. I'm not very happy with these guys this year. They've been ok in the past but have been slipping up lately. The broken railing in front still needs attention. I have not contacted my iron worker connection yet. I'll update you. I know there are other needs and wishes out there. We'll try our best to get them done I'm sure. The project I’m looking forward to this year is painting the Church. It needs it. The end of March looks best for me.”

We should all be grateful that we have Nick to look after us. I would be remiss if I did not also mention that many of our team members also pitch in with many of these issues especially Steve Hansen, Greg Wassilkowsky, Dennis Dandeles and Father Andrew who is like having a handyman in the parish.