Summary of 2017 Projects
It’s been a busy and satisfying year for the property team. Along with all the minor repairs and sorting and cleaning which is an ongoing process, here are some of this year’s highlights.
During the winter closure the washroom in the Thrift Shop was completely renovated.
Our janitorial service was reviewed, job description and contracts developed, and we hired 2 men for the position.
Twelve new chairs were purchased and assembled for the reception area.
Our rental policies and practices were reviewed, and new rental agreements were signed with our regular renters. Ensuring renters were paying the set rate resulted in a significant increase in rental income.
Our sump pump and the fire alarm, safety lights and fire extinguishers were all inspected with a team member doing the electrical work that was required. We now have a qualified electrician as part of the team.
The side and rear gardens of the church were completely renewed using plants from all around the property. Leaf mulch was applied to all the beds, and landscape cloth and bark mulch spread around the ramp area.
The back patio project was completed with tables, umbrellas, plant containers and renewed gardens making this area a great gathering place. Sunday morning lemonade and goodies were served outside throughout the summer, and our Welcome Feast on September 10 was the first big event out on our “new” patio.
The Thrift Shop garden underwent a major renovation with a fence installed to shut off the garden from the next door yard, a gate installed at the front of the garden, weeds cleared, and the lawn renewed with the laying of sod. Two beds have been established, a planter purchased and filled with plants, and the two areas between the building and the parking lot were cleared and landscape cloth and attractive gravel spread to clean up the area and make maintenance possible. Rubble and weeds and overgrown shrubs were removed from the parking lot and the back “ladder storage” area, parking bumpers were put back in place, and more gravel placed in the entrance to the back storage area.
A children’s area was created in our sanctuary, re-configuring the pews and storing parts for future needs.
50 used chairs for the lower hall were obtained to replace the chairs that were broken and past repair.
The front garden/gathering place project is nearly complete. A concrete patio was poured, a new sign installed and garden beds developed. Shrubs and lawn will be planted in the spring, two benches will be installed and this neighbourhood gathering place will be complete. We applied for and received a grant from the City of Victoria ($5000) to help fund this project.