Special vestry meeting minutes – 7/5/2017

Vestry Members: Clare Andreasson, Karl Bastian, James Deaton, Maria DiStefano-Post, Eddie Grim, Kathryn Holl, Sue Kelly, Michael Mittelstaedt, Bill Smith, Jeff Tibbits, Marian Vermeulen, Jeff Wescott(Absentees in Italics)

Guests Present: Ken Andrews
Staff Present: Ann Hackett
Clergy Present:
Clare opened with a prayer.

Ann gave an overview of the issues with the church plumbing. The water has been turned off for the entire main building due to backups and significant leaking. The problem appears to be more than just a sewer backup. There is crumbling of the cast iron pipes.

Sheren Plumbing, with whom we have an ongoing contract, has given two initial bids:

$2,000-$3,000- partial fix (needs clarification)
$8,000- full fix (needs clarification)

Ann has asked them to give a quote to include the second floor. She will also obtain a second bid from Precision Plumbing.

Ken, representing the Buildings and Grounds Committee, has been assessing the issues. He is currently trying to pinpoint the problem and explained what he knows so far.

Motion by Eddie, seconded by Jeff, to empower the Senior Warden and the Junior Warden, along with the Rector, to authorize needed repairs to the plumbing system up to the amount of $20,000. Discussion ensued. Motion passed.

Follow-up and Follow-through:

  • Keep vestry and Buildings and Grounds Committee apprised of repair decisions.

Eddie closed in prayer and the meeting adjourned at 8:22 a.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Sue Kelly