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posted Sep 8, 2018, 4:27 AM by Firwood Office   [ updated Apr 13, 2019, 1:10 PM ]
3/9/19 - 4/30/19
Campaign Goal $55,700.00

Firwood United Methodist Church is a significant presence in this community with its facilities being a haven for learning, love, and mission to over seven outside groups.

History:  The exterior wall on the Dagobert Street side of the church has suffered water damage causing erosion to the brick mortar and parapet.  This has caused the bricks to push out making the wall unstable,  The church chimney also has water damage to the capstone and the mortar has eroded.

The visible sign of erosion was noticed in the summer of 2018.  The Trustees submitted a claim with the insurance company that was denied; the trustees appealed the decision.  As part of the appeal process, a structural engineer was engaged by the Insurance Company who did a thorough inspection of the wall, roof and chimney.  It was determined the damage was due to years of rain and cold winters,  The engineer did confirm our concerns that repairs needed to be made soon to stabilize the wall and chimney noting risk of further damage with the upcoming winter.

In October 2018, we received a bid from Young's Masonry and Restoration LLC to make the repairs.  This is the same contractor who did the work on the bell tower in 2010.  We were not able to secure a bid from another contractor,  In November 2018, Young's Masonry did preliminary work to the roof and gable to prevent further water damage in the winter months,

Proposal:  In April, 2019, Young's Masonry will begin the permanent repairs which include: mechanically remove defective mortar joints and repoint them from the cap stones to four feet below; replace damaged cap stones with new limestone and apply masonry coating, and remove and relay any shifted brick;  Gable end left side repoint all areas that are defective; on parking lot side of chimney mechanically remove defective mortar joints from chimney down three feet; remainder of chimney repoint all areas defective.

The estimated total cost in $55.700.00.

Payment structure is: @20,000.00 at start of work, $20,000.00 at mid point, balance due upon completion,

Goal:  Raise $40,000.00 through a Capital Campaign to fund 90% of the project.  In addition, we are researching grant opportunities and a conference loan fund that might be available to us.

Please be in prayer for the leadership team as they act as stewards of all that is entrusted to them.