Questions asked and Answers from Building & Grounds Long Range Planning Committee

Questions asked and Answers from Building & Grounds Long Range Planning Committee

Q;
Why would we choose to tear the school building down vs. not repair it?

A;
Based on the findings of the building and grounds long range planning committee, the current status of the school building, with the many major concerns and current issues, cost to repair would exceed a new-build.

 

Q;
How are the roofs of these buildings?

 

A;
The rectory roof asphalt shingles where recently replaced with new fascia and soffit. The church roof is copper and carries a lifetime warranty. The school building we found the flat roof to the South is leaking. The asphalt shingles covering the majority of the school building was repaired in spots in 2015 because of leaks. The school roof will need to be replaced in the next few years.

 

Q;
How old is the school building?

A;
Records indicate that the school was built in 1916. 101 years ago.

 

Q;
How old is the church?

 

A;
Records show that the church was built in 1932. 85 years ago.

 

Q;
How old is the current Furnace that supplies heat to the school and church?

 

A;
16 years old. In 2001 two cast iron boilers with industrial combustion gas fired burners were installed.

 

Q;
What’s the biggest problem with the school building?

A;
There are a lot of biggest problems. Right now going into the heating season is the boilers. We have to hope and pray that the boilers make it through this winter because:
1) of our current contract with youth net.
2) We cannot get new furnaces installed in the church until spring of 2018.

We’ve had several repairs over the past years on the two boiler system, as well as the pipes. Last month we had a pipe replaced because it was leaking and we just found out another pipe needs to be fixed.

 

Q;
What are some of the other problems with the school building besides the furnace?

 

A;
Besides the boilers, neglect.
We have issues and we have major concerns with the school. Major concerns would classify as doors and windows not being energy efficient old and worn out. Some of the elements of the roof, the two chimneys, the plumbing in the men’s bathroom, the kitchen not being up to code, leeks in the Foundation. Issues with the radiator thermostat and the asbestos insulation, the flooring throughout the school, and overall appearance and condition of interior and exterior.

 

Q;
How much asbestos is in these buildings?

A;
More than we want. We know for sure that the church has $11,000 worth of asbestos. We currently have a proposal from Mavo systems to remove that. At this time we are not 100% sure about the amount of asbestos in the school, but based on the square footage, the linear feet, we are estimating the amount of asbestos in the school to be six to seven times greater than the amount in the church.

 

 

Q;
If we tear down the school where are we going to have parish meetings and where would CCD meet?

A;
That has been discussed; we have looked at some options such as our church, Corpus Christi, Columbus High School. When we get to that phase, we plan to have a committee to research options, present those options and as a parish can decide what’s best for our need/ needs.

 

Q;
How can we raise this amount of money with less and less people at mass?

A;
At the time of our research, our 2016 Parish Census Roster membership is at 500. In 2015 there were 510 that is 10 addresses – less than prior year equivalent to only 2% decline. Mass attendance is down yes. Adult envelops, gifts and Bequests (includes direct deposits) have not changed much from 2014 to 2015 and from 2015 to 2016. In fact the number of “givers” is down less than 2 %.( 9 less givers addresses). But the amount given has risen, from 2014 to 2015 by 1.4% and 7.9 % increase from 2015 to 2016. Positively the goal amount can be achieved; mass attendance only affects the collection / plate offertory amount.

Q;
Can I make a donation and be recognized for my contribution?

A;
If you choose to, yes!
Our gift asking form or envelope will include a box for recognition as well as a box to stay anonymous.

Q;
What is the time frame for collecting the Future Family Life Program fundraising?

A;
The sooner the better, we are asking for gift through the month of November and December for 2017 year end. In to the parish office by Dec. 22nd 2017.
Our FFLP capital campaign amount given will determine the time line of phase 2, regardless nothing can be done on phase 2 till 80% is deposited. If our deposits fall short of our Goal amount of $2,250,000.00 we will continue with the time frame. Our hopes that our prayers will be answered the first few months, achieving our goal.

Q; Are you going to ask a certain amount for everyone to give?

 

A: We wish it was that easy. Every family’s financial situation is different. And asking for a certain amount would not be fair for some families. But simple math tells us if 400 parishioners give $5,000 we would have two million. Or continuing with the simple math- 50 parishioners giving $40,000 we would raise 2 million.
It is very difficult to ask for money, if parishioners would give ten times or twenty times what they gave last year, for this one time goal amount, we would get close. If you have never gave before and could afford $100, or afford $1,000.00 any amount will be good?
Q;
$2,250,000.00 is a lot of money to raise.

A;
Yes it is. We are very hopeful our prayers will be answered and we can achieve this goal amount. The Sacred Heart Future Family Life program will enhance our teaching the word of God now and to Future Families.

 

Q;
How did you arrive at $2,250,000.00?

 

A;
Estimated $100,000.00 for church furnace, asbestos removal, and needed repairs.

Estimated $350,000.00 for school demolishing, asbestos removal, and needed repairs.

Estimated $950,000.00 for new build, architect, construction and code.

Estimated $450,000.00 heating and Air, sound system, flooring, furnace, bathroom, wall dividers, and state-of-the-art kitchen.

Estimated $400,000.00 miscellaneous repair and maintenance upkeep and unforeseen for the next 10 years.

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