Trustee Meeting April 2016
The Board welcomes Michael McDonald as our newest member. The Board now has the full complement of nine Trustees.
As of the end of March income from pledges is at 90.9% and expenses are at 102.6% of budget as compared to 99.2% and 94.3% (respectively) in 2015. Treasurer Ernie Rogers does not see that this is of concern this early in the new year.
A contract has been signed to purchase the new lightning rod system and installation is targeted for June. The church has been struck twice by lightning and it is important to be proactive in protecting the church from future storms. The total cost for the system is approximately $22,000. We still have $11,000 from the Community Preservation Committee and the balance will be covered by using approximately $7,000 from Memorial Funds and $4,000 from the Property Capital Account.
The kitchen renovations are finished and were completed two weeks ahead of schedule and $4,000 under budget! The total cost for the "new" kitchen is approximately $27,000. Steve Downs was able to sell some of the old appliances and the old refrigerator has been donated to the Emmaus House as they needed a second refrigerator. The Board expressed their great appreciation to Steve for all his work on the kitchen project.
Discussions are being held with companies who provide solar energy to determine the feasibility of installing ground panels to help supply the church's electrical energy needs. The Church's biggest utility expense is for electricity currently averaging about $900-$1,000 per month and leasing solar panels could significantly help to offset this expense.
The boat raffle has been postponed. The committee undertaking the planning for this fund raiser determined that the amount of work entailed and the need for more volunteers to help with the effort made it too difficult to have all in readiness in the relatively short time available. This may still be a viable fund raising activity for next year.