|The NHRC Property Committee is a group of volunteers whose duties broadly include maintenance, repair and upgrades of the buildings, equipment and grounds of the church. We do as much work ourselves as possible, using the talents and skills of committee members and others in the church. This includes such things as heating, electrical, and plumbing systems, painting, building repairs, lawn mowing, snow clearing, and many other projects that arise in the church, Ed Center and parsonage.
The Annual Spring grounds clean-up
is held in
April. We welcome any and all who are willing to assist. Some of us will start at 8:30, but we encourage you to come at whatever time you can. The following are some of the jobs to be done. There may be other suggestions as well. Raking/blowing leaves. Removal of fallen tree branches from lawns. Put away shovels & salt buckets that are at various doorways. Clean up litter along road frontage. Sweep up sand/dirt along edges of driveways & parking lots. Pull out & store the stakes that mark curbs for snow plow. Move snow blowers to rear of barn & lawn mowers to front. Wash windows in various parts of the buildings. Please contact any member of the Property Committee if you have any questions.
Grounds: During warmer months, one of our key jobs is mowing the lawns, which we do in-house with volunteer members of the church. This saves the church a sonsiderable expense compared to paying commercial contractors. In addition, we take care of periodic trimming of trees and shrubs around our buildings. During colder months, our volunteers take care of clearing snow and ice from all walkways and steps. Plowing of driveways and parking lots is done by a contracted service. On a Saturday in spring and fall, we run a grounds clean-up day, using volunteers to clear leaves and fallen branches, clean gutters, and generally get the property ready for the coming season. We often tackle projects as varied as pouring concrete sidewalks, patching holes in blacktop, painting lines in parking lots, installing signs, finding and repairing leaks, and installing a new wood and concrete floor in the barn.
Buildings: The complex of NHRC buildings is significant, when you consider the sanctuary, fellowship hall, Ed Center, parsonage and even a barn. Our committee and other church volunteers take care of as much interior and exterior maintenance and upgrades as we can. We only hire contractors for major structural projects such as roofing, or the recent repairs to the bell tower and parsonage. Even the majority of maintenance of our heating, electrical, and water systems is done in-house. Painting is another major area where we make use of church volunteers. Virtually any painted or stained surface you see has been done for only the price of materials.
These are just a few of the Property committee's responsibilities. We welcome anyone to join with us at our meetings at 7:00 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month. A list of current members is shown below. Please don't get the impression that this is mostly a retirees' club. We need and welcome people in all age brackets to insure that the "institutional memory" of our facilities functioning is continuously passing to younger members.
Members of the Property Committee
Frank Darrow (Co-Chair), Jerry Carey (Co-Chair), Jose Ramos
(Consistory Rep), Steve Whalen (Consistory Rep), Cliff Konitz, Jack
Adams, Gary Schmitt, Bob Casement and Van Stringham