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Property Team Annual Report January 2015

Team Leader - Mike Bauml

As head of the Property Team, I have been blessed to be surrounded by a great group of individuals that help out and in fact are in large part responsible for keeping St. Luke Parish up and running. Our team members not only care for their ministries but are ready to help out with team projects and to do what is needed. In addition to our team members, other parishioners help out when needed as well. I would like to everyone who has joined in to help with our property issues.

Once again, I would also like to thank those of you who come out for the work days that we have from time to time. Your efforts allow us to not have to pay someone to do these jobs for us. Our next cleanup day will be in the spring to get the building and grounds prepared for Pascha. Please take the time this year to help. It can be a very rewarding experience.

HALL USAGE: The fellowship hall is available for use by parish members for different functions. It can be reserved by contacting Mike Bauml and is subject to certain rules and feast days and the approval of Father Andrew. Donations for the use are appropriate and are at the discretion of the individual. These funds go back into the property fund and allow us to further improve the property.

FINANCIAL STATUS: We are still in a holding pattern with the plans for the new addition. By necessity, we will be holding off on some needed maintenance issues until the addition is completed. There is a need for new carpeting in the church which must wait until the addition is complete. Likewise the parking lot needs to be repaired and resealed but his would be unwise to do before the addition as well. Therefore the financial needs of the property team should be somewhat reduced this year.

Team Projects Completed:
1. New Stoves and Refrigerator - due to intermittent problems.
2. New refrigerator with freezer for Pads.
3. Replaced the choir windows in the front of the building and the large window in the vestibule with a style that matches the rest of the building. The large window had rotting wood around it. The new style of window would allow for a stained glass window to be placed in the vestibule window.
4. Large flat screen television installed in fellowship hall.

Future Team Projects:
The following list of projects are under consideration and if and when they get done will depend in large part on the availability of funds. If you have expertise and can help with any of these or if one of them is something you can contribute funds to, please let us know.

1. Remodel of the fellowship hall. Finishing decorative touches will be determined and completed.
2. Exterior lighting – the two light next to the front doors are to be changed to a different style that will illuminate the stairs properly and the remaining lights on the front of the building will be changed to match.
3. Updating our security system.
4. Continue plans for expansion of church into courtyard.

ISSUES TO BE RESOLVED:

Courtyard remodel: We presented plans for our remodel to the appropriate building authorities. While the initial response seemed favorable, we were informed that before they allowed us to proceed they wanted us to resolve the parking lot issue that we have with the forest preserve. We sent correspondence to the forest preserve officials.The following letter was received from the Forest Preserve:

Father Andrew,

I talked with Chris Slattery at the Forest Preserve today. She is looking for better documentation of how the churches property is used by the Forest Preserve before they would be willing to set up a meeting to discuss this matter further. Here are some of the things they are looking for us to address:

First we need to tell them why people are using the churches lot to access the forest preserve and how often it is used.

Second they seemed clueless to the archaeological site. We will need to show them:

1. what makes it an archaeological site
2. where it is in relation to the church/ the forest preserve parking.
3. who uses it (forest preserve, classes, public).
4. How often people are going there for the archaeological site.

Third they want to know who from the forest preserve uses the lot and how often they use it. Multiple photo documents of forest preserve officials, public and classes using this area to access the forest preserve would help to prove our point. We also need to show how all of this would affect people if it is not accessible ( say fenced off).

The final thing Chris was looking for was what we have to offer the forest preserve in turn for access to their property. If the cross access is not enough Chris said there is possibly a radio tower for fire and police on their property that are looking to relocate off the forest preserve property. If that is a possibility is this a avenue that the church would be willing to look at? Once we have a written document she is willing to look through our points and then if needed schedule an appointment. If you have any questions please let me know.

To help with our response we have installed cameras that record everything in the parking lot to assist us in proving that our lot is being used for forest preserve business. We are currently in the process of obtaining the required information and responding to this letter. If we can get past this problem with the forest preserve then we can move forward with the remodel plans.

This looks to be another busy and exciting year at St. Luke's, so please be patient with us during the construction phases and continue, or if possible, increase your support of the property collections. Anyone who has expertise in any of these areas or wishes to make a specific monetary contribution, please contact Father Andrew or myself. I look forward to an exciting year at St. Luke's and hope and pray that we can accomplish the goals that we have set forth for ourselves. With God's help and your support I feel confident that we can.