The construction is moving forward very well. The dumpster and several contractor cars in the driveway have been a persistent problem, though. We arranged with the parking authority that three specific cars of volunteer staff can park free in the Wolfson Deck. In addition, Architect Margaret Westfield has banned all contractor cars from the driveway. However, the information does not reach everybody. On one morning, there were five different cars of workers and contractors successively parked in front of the dumpster. I approached only two and was quickly tired of the game.
MPG, our general contractor has been extremely caring regarding warranty and damage issues. Earlier last month, they replaced broken leaded glass in a door in the steeple that most of us do not even know exists (please see the attached picture). In addition, their subcontractor for painting the steeple louvers came right back when we discovered a small paint problem. Due to inclement weather, we are a little bit behind schedule regarding the replacement of the church roof.
However, we still believe the majority of the work to be accomplished before Easter. In addition, Paul Nulton will be back for the Sexton’s House this month. The current white color of the façade is just primer and will soon give way to a reddish brown with the shingles on the second floor dark brown. The amber of the trim will stay. In all this, we follow Margaret Westfield’s specifications. Remediation of groundwater following the removal of the underground oil tank is ongoing. We are currently in a phase of data collecting in order to decide on next steps. I am very happy that Lauren and Gary Bernhofer have accepted the appointment from Consistory to join me in a little Remediation Task Force. Lauren and Gary’s background in science has already provided great help in better understanding not only the reports from our contractor PTS but also the requirements from N DEP. I am also happy to report that we received this past month another reimbursement from the state for the work being done.
Unfortunately, as of now, there is no indication on when we might be able to close the case.