Property

STORAGE POLICY

As a building open to the public, our church must meet fire safety standards and pass a fire inspection. Too much clutter, especially items impinging on exit doors and stairways, will make us fail our inspection. In preparation for our upcoming inspection, the property committee will shortly be doing a building walk through to remove excess materials. If you have materials stored at church for a committee or ministry project, you need to speak with Burt Horner about how to safely store your items. Items stored incorrectly will be disposed of. In some storage spots at church, only non-flammable items can be stored. In others storage must be contained in strict areas. To safely use any storage space at church, you need to have the approval of the property committee. Please contact Burt Horner at  [email protected]

March Property Update

Burt Horner

We have been working diligently to improve many areas of the church and its surrounding areas. A lot of work was done in the past to welcome in new technology like lighting and other energy efficient ideas. Now there is other work to be done and it will continue until we can say that we are seaworthy enough to venture out into deeper waters.  There are lots of details to this effort like Pastor’s basement has been insulated, and the Parish building environment has been improved to provide a safer and healthier environment for all.  We’ve completed a State audit for the LVCNS and had no building deficiencies. The list of things we have done in the last month or two is impressive.  The March list is available if you choose to want to see it, so please ask.  It is part of the Council minutes.

However, there are more “projects” to do, and Council budgeted for them as best as was possible, considering what we knew. There are upcoming projects that were not budgeted for and we are going to go and fix parts of the building that have just plain worn out. This goes above and beyond what was expected.  Yes, this isn’t the kind of news you may want to hear; however, it is good news in the long term because we have identified areas that we need to do preventive maintenance on. In the long run, it will cost us less to administer than if we let it fail. Catastrophic failure and emergency repairs are the worst kind of maintenance imaginable, and that is what we are diligently attempting to avoid.

So, where does this leave us?  It means that I want to communicate that we have to do repairs that are necessary and may be a requirement to keep us going.  This means that I will, or may, have to stand up in church and tell you what is needed to keep us on an even keel and allow us to “sail” on in the right direction.  I may have to ask you for your financial support, if the funds are not already there through your generosity.  Yes, you can make a contribution ahead of time.  If you want to fund a specific project like what has been done several times this year already, I know that the entire Congregation would be most grateful. Please see me anytime that our schedules allow if you are willing, and I’ll be glad to meet with you and explain.

Please contact Burt Horner at [email protected] or (908)674-3422, or contact Laura in the office if you can help!

ATTENTION THRIVENT FINANCIAL MEMBERS!

Please check your accounts to determine if you have Thrivent Choice Dollars remaining from 2018!  The last day to donate those dollars is March 31!  Zion is a designated recipient for the dollars, and Choice Dollars are used to help finance the Youth Gathering. Go to thrivent.com/thriventchoice or call (800) 847-4836 to find out if you have 2018 Choice Dollars to designate. Don’t miss this opportunity to help fund our youth program!

Property News

Some Items that have been addressed since the last LVL:

* the kitchen door lock is fixed; that’s been an issue for many folks for some time.
* The outside steeple lighting has been repaired so our church looks lovely at night.
* we’ve finished the steam piping in Pastor’s house, and we’re looking into a coat rack in Faith Hall for all to use.
* we thank a generous member of the congregation for donating funds for a printer for the office.

Can You Help the Property Team Keep Zion Looking Great?

There are a number of small to medium-sized
projects for which the Property Committee would appreciate volunteers.  These include:

*Replace the sump pump in Parish Center
*Check the blower motor in hallway heating unit
*Paint one of the upstairs rooms in the Parish Center

Please contact Burt Horner at [email protected] or (908)674-3422, or contact Laura in the office if you can help!

Can You Help the Property Team Keep Zion Looking Great?

There are a number of small to medium-sized projects for which the Property Committee would appreciate volunteers.  These include:
*Replace the Intermatic timer that controls lights illumining the steeple
*Replace the sump pump in Parish Center
*Check the blower motor in hallway heating unit
*Insulate boiler pipes in parsonage now that the asbestos has been removed
*Paint one of the upstairs rooms in the Parish Center
Please contact Bill Howell at [email protected] or (678)232-2730, or contact Laura in the office if you can help!

Housekeeping

It is important that our doors are locked at all times when the building is not in use for the safety of the LVCNS children, as well as to be in compliance with regulations governing the Nursery School.  We have many groups using the buildings at all times during the week, but it is important that everyone be mindful  in this regard.  If you are the last one in the building—please check the doors! Don’t assume someone else has done it.

 

Housekeeping Reminders

Please obey posted signs on the garbage dumpsters, because not following the rules may result in extra charges applied to Zion’s bill as well as the “spoiling” of an entire load of recyclables. The recycling container is “single stream” which means that all clean recycling should be dumped in the dumpster, as is, and without plastic bags. No garbage, no non-recyclable material , no construction materials may be placed in the bin. When in doubt—ask! Thank you!

If you have time and can take on any painting (you don’t have to do it all –an hour or two can be a big help) , please contact Bill Howell at [email protected] or (678)232-2730, or contact Laura in the office.

Property Update

We have been taking a more assertive approach to control heating and air conditioning expenses and it is working! During the heating season the temperature in our buildings will be allowed to drop as low as 55 degrees overnight and when the building is not occupied. During the summer the temperature will be allowed to go as high as 85 degrees overnight and when the building is not occupied. The temperature can be adjusted by overriding the scheduled temperature using the thermostat. Please do not use the “hold” button. If you have questions about property matters, please contact Bill Howell at (678) 232-2730.

final Historic Preservation Plan

The final Historic Preservation Plan prepared by John Bolt and his team has been submitted to the Morris County Preservation Committee and approved! The Zion Preservation and Property Committees will begin addressing the identified priorities for repair and maintenance of the church property. The most pressing issue is the crawl area under the Narthex and Sanctuary, which is experiencing ongoing moisture issues. The effort to open up an exterior access to that area is already underway. Please exercise caution in that area! If you have any questions, please contact: Marlena Schilke at [email protected]