ago and we DID IT AGAIN!
Thank You to all our 250 Club members
The amount raised for the completion of the steeple restoration was $1,050
The work was completed in October 2016!
Three residents of Lunenburg took on the first phase of the Congregational Church steeple restoration in 2007. Over the course of the two years it took to complete the work, there were other members of Lunenburg and some from surrounding communities that assisted in the work by volunteering their labor and donating equipment and materials.
The total number of hours put in by volunteers totaled 436.25. The value of the donated equipment, materials, and man-hours was $28,276.00. The out of pocket expenses, which were paid by the Top of the Common Committee, totaled $2,088.14.
The remainder of the steeple restoration has been waiting for the needed funds. Though the TOCC was awarded a preservation grant in 2010, made possible by a partnership between the Freeman Foundation and the Preservation Trust of Vermont, it stipulated that other needed work on the Congregational Church should be completed, leaving the remaining steeple work to volunteers and other sources of funding.
The need for the completion of the second phase of the steeple restoration has now reached a critical point. The weather has penetrated the roofing at the base of the steeple, resulting in leaking (primarily in a driving rain) into the foyer of the building. Additional patching has been done to get us through another winter but the deterioration of the roof needs to be halted as soon as possible. Our local carpenters, that completed the first phase, have given us a price for the second phase - $12,500.
Our 250 Club has been created to meet this funding goal in little $50 pieces… 250 individuals, group of friends, or businesses x 50 = 12,500… SIMPLE!
The specific work to be completed in Phase II includes:
- Construct scaffolding and acquire personnel lift, allowing access to the full area at one time
- Remove the siding from the half wall at steeple base
- Remove the numerous layers and various materials from the roof surface (roofing, patches of various metals, roofing cement)
- Assess the roof sheathing and framing, repair and replace as indicated
- Install new sheathing as the underlayment for new rubber roofing and then install the rubber roofing
- Reside the half wall at steeple base
- Reside the colonnade posts
- Install the repaired and repainted balustrade components
Some questions we’ve been asked…
Why can’t volunteers do the whole job over an extended period of time like they did for phase 1? The roof material will need to be removed, increasing the interior’s vulnerability to weather damage. The repair needs to be done as expeditiously as possible.
Why will it cost so much? Working safely at such a height will require the use of scaffolding and a personnel lift to access all sides of the base of the steeple at one time. This will also expedite the work and result in an end product of higher quality. Lifts and construction of scaffolding is costly and the fitting of the new sheathing and new roofing around the base will be time consuming. (The many angles of the base are each different, requiring custom fitting!)What if the repair ends up costing more or less than $12,500? The carpenters will be paid for their time and the materials they’ll need to purchase. They are willing to donate additional man-hours needed to complete the work.If the cost is less, the funds will be used for further work on the Congregational Church building (like heating).
Do you have additional questions? You may contact the carpenters with technical questions: Tim @ 603-991-9030, Henry @ 603-631-0274; the committee: 802-892-6654 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
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