Karen Murray-Hopf
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The latest news and photos of our renovation from July 27, 2021 by Margaret Fleury:

Hoskin Construction has completed building our new addition.  We are excited with the new space and are anxious to welcome everyone back in September.  Renovations and cleaning on the inside of the Church are ongoing. Neil Sandilands finished constructing the storage cupboards in the Fellowship Room and the new cupboards for the Sunday School area.   The upstairs storage room has been completely updated.  The attic was professionally cleaned and disinfected  and the eaves were repaired to keep out the little critters.  R60 insulation was added.  The old wallpaper was removed and the walls painted.  The items being stored in the room were reorganized and downsized.  A new window heat pump and air conditioner will be installed to keep the room warm in winter and cool in summer.  The room is now clean, organized, and welcoming. 

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The latest news and photos of our renovation from May 21st, from Margaret Fleury:

Last Friday, Ace Rosebrugh, of D L Rosebrugh Excavating & Concrete Contractor, and his two workers removed the old Church sidewalk and prepared the frames for the new one.  On Saturday, a few of us gathered to rake the lawn to the south and west side of the Church.  John and I appreciated the help from Rick and Brenda Totten, Liz, and Leon.  There was a low spot on the north side of the Church over the septic bed that we filled with a few wheelbarrow loads of earth. On Monday, Ace and his crew arrived at the Church at 6:45 a.m. to pour the new cement sidewalk.  I had coffee and donuts ready for them.  Attached are a few pictures of the pouring of the cement.  John met with a man from Jack Hall Septic Tank Services who installed septic tank risers.   On Tuesday, the cement frames were removed.  The new walkway looks wonderful!   On Wednesday, a couple of guys from Hoskin Construction spread grass seed over the newly raked lawn.  John set up a garden hose to water the seed but some rain this weekend will also help make the grass grow.

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Margaret Fleury, Chair of the Reno Committee, shares the latest news from April 19-30:

'The last two weeks have seen more exciting progress happening at the Church.  Glass is now in the front door of the Heritage Room.  The new door to the Office is installed.  Painting is completed in the Office and the access door to the attic has been finished.  Most of the painting in the Heritage Room is also complete.  The ductless heaters have been hooked up providing heat in the addition.  Our electricians rewired the upstairs lights, added a plug for the TV at the back of the Sanctuary (for the choir to see the TV), and added new plugs for the Sunday School area.  Neil Sandilands completed the rest of the new cupboards in the Fellowship Room.  A couple of door handles are still needed but otherwise they look amazing!  He added trim and braced the floor of each cupboard to hold the weight of the chairs that will be stored there.  John has been busy painting the Fellowship Room in Cloud White to match the Kitchen and Heritage Room.  It looks fresh and much brighter, now.  He also added the old door that used to be at the entrance to the upstairs and Sanctuary.  This door will be locked when the RCR or Kitchen are rented.  It is being painted white.  John Graham cleaned all the new windows in the addition, as well."

 

News from April 7, 2021

"The Expansion and Accessibility Committee (a.k.a. Reno Committee) is pleased to report that a Community Capital Grant of $20,000 has been received from Brant County.  This is a wonderful boost to this year’s fundraising. The grant money will be used towards the energy efficient expenses of our new 750 sq. ft. addition:  a ductless heat pump and AC, R60 insulati:on, hydronic in-floor heating system, and LED pot lights.  This construction project is part of a larger vision to green our Church structure and reduce our carbon footprint.  Having a fully accessible entrance to our Church will bring our building in full conformance with accessibility standards.  We’re so proud of our wee Kirk on the Hill!"

And WE are proud of the unbelievable work that has going into this renovation by this committee! And writing a grant application is a formidable project but with Margaret's hard work, it allowed us to receive 100% of our request. Thank you from all of us!

Margaret also shared recent progress in all phases of the Reno and new photos have been added to the gallery:

"We planned to spray the upstairs attic with insulation but before doing so, we decided to get rid of the bat droppings.  We ended up hiring High Level Industrial Cleaning for $3,918.  This was an expense we hadn’t anticipated but the work needed to be done.  John will add this expense to the Faithful Footprints expenses.  High Level did a great job on Wednesday vacuuming the guano and spraying the rafters to disinfect any remaining bat oil/liquids from bat urine.  The place smells much better, now.  We’re still waiting on Jim Kruis to send an electrician to repair the chewed wires.  I’ll help John plug some holes on the inside of the attic to keep the critters out and Jeff Hoskin will check the eaves when they finish the roof. Brian Faus (Briar Pump & Plumbing) installed the water softener on Thursday.  They installed a second tap in the kitchen.  The old tap at the middle sink will now have hot and cold soft water.  The new tap at the third sink will only have cold hard water which we can use for coffee.  The taps look quite similar and both have pull-down faucets. The Hoskin painters were back this week to start painting.  They sprayed 3 coats on the ceilings and 2 coats on the walls.  They were careful to cover the stone while painting.  Jeff Hoskin and his crew cleaned up around the outside of the Church.  It’s looking very nice and neat!"