As all the activities of Holy Week and Easter crowded our days, it was easy to lose sight of ongoing tasks. However, I don’t want all your excellent comments and suggestions to our Listen To The Body campaign in February to be something we lose sight of. In response to our invitation Talk with us about…accessibility, you did!
- One of the most frequent comments we received was about our “perilous” front steps, and many of us thought a center rail would be helpful. Unfortunately we have found, after investigation, that those steps are not wide enough to accommodate a center rail and comply with the building code. Let’s keep thinking and, if anyone comes up with possible alternatives, pass them along to the Vestry.
On a more positive note,
- We are working on creating appropriate signage compliant with ADA regulations.
- In April, we will replace the sound system in the nave, which will help with clarity of the spoken word throughout the nave and improve our ability to record and transmit our services.
- We are replacing/updating the hearing assistance system for people who are hard of hearing.
- We have a masonry contractor spot-testing the paints on the church buildings to determine how they may best be removed in order to examine and properly repoint the brick work.
- We have had a contractor look at the most damaged areas of the floor in Sydnor Hall and give us an estimate for repairing those spots. We must decide whether to spend almost $4,000 for repairs now, knowing that we may replace that floor in a matter of months.
My next note will be a report of the responses to March’s appeal: Talk to us about…buildings and grounds. Our plan is to identify dreams and challenges together, then to consult professionals to explore solutions, to outline and schedule the steps necessary to move forward, to contract for the work to be done, and to raise the money to pay for it. Without a doubt, we are all in this together. The Vestry wants you to be informed and we want your input every step of way—your questions and comments at every opportunity. We look forward to talking with you.
—Ethel Hellman, Senior Warden