NEW CHURCH PROJECT UPDATE:
In April the New Church Building Committee and Finance Council asked the parishioners of SEAS to complete a survey on the new church regarding the remaining funds needed to complete the project. Less than 1/3 of the parish completed the survey.
The results were as follows:
- 57 families responded out of approximately 250 registered.
- 55 of the respondents indicated they were a parishioner.
Comments (and there were several):
- 17 or 30% of respondents agreed with completing the engineering to get a fully accurate price.
- 13 or 23% were in full support of the plan and committed at least an additional $6000 toward building the church = $78,000 in commitments.
- 16 or 28% wanted to see the church built but cannot commit to at least an additional $6000, commitments totaled $25,500.
- 15 or 26% believe we should pursue a smaller church/project that more closely matches the funds that we have.
- 12 or 21% do not think we should do any further work on this project.
- 14 or 25% does not support building a new church but want to see the funds used for other purposes allowed by the diocese.
Also, about 10 respondents want to see the current building added onto; several want money returned or used for items such as personnel or used for site improvements (such as a paved parking lot).
Obviously, the results were mixed. Additional committed funds equated to $103,500 – less than 10% of what is expected to be needed to complete the project.
There appears to be support for a smaller renovation project or adding to the existing church.
Based on these results and at the suggestion of the parish leadership and diocese, it has been decided to look at cost figures for improvements to the current facilities.
We reached out to the county and additions to the current building have very few restrictions and are not subject to as much scrutiny as there is with building a new building.
We have reached out to an architect to explore ideas of expanding the current church and should have some plans to review very soon. The cost for this is minimal as we are only looking for concepts that would be reviewed and approved by the parish, county and diocese before there would be any plan moving forward.
If anyone has any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to one of the members of the New Church Planning Committee: Father Scott Duarte, Greg Barlage, David Shields, Paul Tran, Harold Wayne and Phil Worrell.