New Home Transitions Committee

The New Home Transitions Committee was formed in early August 2017 to help develop steps for a smooth transition to ownership of our building.

You can find an ever-growing FAQ here.

New Home Transitions Committee Team: Dee Casteel, Dawn Fisher, Sam Geise, Sara Kelley, Clayton Lightman, Marion Marchiori, and Mark Usry. Committee co-chairs:Dawn Fisher and Clayton Lightman.

The following phases were outlined during their first meeting on 8/26/17:

Phase I – A (before closing):

  • Transfer ownership: gas, electric, water
  • Get quotes: insurance, lawn/snow maintenance, keys (new key system?)
  • Discuss how to use the entire building as it exists before any remodeling begins
  • Schedule and plan “Moving Date” (9/9)
  • Identify ways to collect the congregation’s ideas, dreams, needs, and priorities
  • Schedule Visioning Workshops (9/23 and 9/24)
  • Obtain building floor plan
  • Find a Facilities Chair/Sexton?
  • Discuss various ways of communication to insure congregation is informed of updates
  • Schedule “Work Day” for weeding, exterior clean-up  (9/9)
  • Schedule walkthroughs with architects to gather more information about our building
  • Recruit volunteers to lead Workgroups (small task-oriented groups of people interested in a specific area)
  • Bring plans and suggestions to the board
  • Communicate plans to the congregation

Phase I – B (before Christmas)

  • Get quotes to address the back drainage problem
  • Identify areas of infrastructure that need immediate attention
  • Continue gathering information from the congregation
  • Begin architect search: gather names, interview
  • Change mailbox, signage
  • Workgroup Leaders gather information
  • Compile information from Visioning Workshop, Workgroups, online forms, and paper submissions to provide a foundation for working with an architect
  • Communicate updates and plans with congregation
  • Obtain permission from board and congregation to hire architect

Phase 2 – (dependent upon architect timeline)

  • Work with architect to develop a plan
  • Prioritize
  • Monetize
  • Develop clear plan to recommend to the board (phases of construction, money needed, etc.)
  • Present plan to congregation

Phase 3

  • Responsibilities of New Home Transition Committee end
  • New committee formed to continue New Home Project
  • Fundraising
  • Contractors

Of note:

  • Add future building maintenance as budget line item going forward.
  • Build Rainy Day Fund
  • Communication with board and congregation through each step of each phase will be key.