Maintenance Ministry Report Annual Meeting January 2012
Submitted by Nick Lisowski
Our maintenance ministry was extremely busy this year. Due to work issues, Nick was unable to devote as much time as he would have liked. Dennis filled in as needed and additionally we used the services of a local handyman for some of the projects.
In the past year the following was done:
The portion of the landscaping north of the building was covered with lava rocks to match the rest of the property. Several dead bushes on the east end were replaced. These died due to excessive wetness in this area and were replaced to other foliage that can handle the moisture. The area to the west of the entrance was landscaped with lava rock and some plants as well. The sprinkler system was maintained and checked and closed for the winter. The elevator door came loose from the wall. This was repaired. Also a new programmable thermostat was installed in the church proper.
The leak in the maintenance room from outside was sealed. Also in the maintenance room the area near the ceiling had never been completely cover with drywall. This was pointed out by the inspector. On his recommendation, drywall was added and the pipes coming into the room were sealed to prevent fire from spreading into this area in the case of a fire in other parts of the building.
A leak developed in the stairwell of the old basement (PADS entrance). Drywall was removed and the leak repaired. The stairs were never set up properly and were a danger for people falling. The stairs were reworked and the drywall was replaced and painted.
A section of the mortar and bricks in the courtyard area came loose. This was repaired and tuck pointed. Also a broken classroom window was replaced. There were problems with the septic field. The aerator and one of the pumps failed and had to be replaced.
A backup sump pump was installed in the new fellowship hall to avoid the flooding that occurred when the sump failed in the past. Also the sump in the old basement failed and was replaced.
Numerous areas of the building were in need of paint. The vestibule, the old basement room and stairs going up to the sacristy, the conference room, the men’s bathroom, the ceiling in the church (to cover the stains from the leak), the bell tower doorframe, and the door frame leading from the vestibule to the courtyard all received fresh paint.
Also one of our air purifiers failed and we had some mold problems in several areas of the old and news basements. These were cleaned up and a new air purifier purchased. Also a new dehumidifier was purchased and the old ones checked out. We have had a problem with someone either turning off or unplugging the air purifiers. It is important that they run all the time as well and the dehumidifiers to prevent problems with mold.