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Trustees Update – Tree Cutting

The southeast corner of the church property can become as dry as the central Oregon Desert. The sandy soil there loses available moisture easily because of its long daily sun exposure.  The Douglas-fir grove struggles to survive.  Last fall a dead fir fell into the street after its supporting roots rotted away. To date, eight additional firs up to eleven inches in diameter have died from lack of adequate water. These trees had become hazardous to travelers along the street. On August 23, a group of us gathered for a tree cutting and clean-up party. We split the group up into tree faller, skidder operators, traffic directors, and slash haulers.   

Before starting the operation, we made sure everyone was aware of safety hazards. Ken Russell brought heavy logging chains and rope. Gary Skaar used his big 4 wheel drive low range truck to skid the trees off the street toward the brush pile after Ken felled them. Tom Marshall, Rich Green, and Duane Ullmann carefully watched for and stopped traffic as necessary. Bruce Baldwin cut branches and trunks into firewood lengths. Branches down to about one inch in diameter were cut into firewood as well to help keep the brush pile from growing too much. After the trees were felled, everyone joined in cutting trunks and branches and loading them or hauling the smaller branches to the brush pile. Barbara Ullmann and Sharlyn Russell raked branches and piled the wood for later distribution among church members who had asked for it. Barbara and Sharlyn also brought the entire group a delicious lunch. Ken brought home grown cold Fishtrap cider for a mid morning pickup.

Just about noon, the group gathered under the perfect picnic weather shade of the upper meadow Douglas-firs for sandwiches, fruit, cider and brownies.  Afterward, a final bit of clean-up finished the project and allowed sore muscles to recuperate. The dangerous tree hazards were gone and an attractive stand of trees was left behind! A hearty thank you to everyone who came and helped remove the hazardous tree condition.

Ken Russell, Trustee Chair

Nexus September 2017

 

Board of Trustees

Class of 2016

Bruce Kauffman

Ken Russell

Class of 2017

Duane Ullmann

Ray Gluth

Sandra Dlugosz

Class of 2018

Bob Scheuerman

Gary Skaar

Jason Eschette

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Trustees Report 2015

The following bullet list describes The Trustee Committee accomplishments for 2015.  Not all of the projects have been completed.  The last section of the list describes future projects that will be worked on during 2016.

Current Year

  • Changed sanctuary lighting to efficient LED bulbs
  • Replaced lighted exit signs over doors to comply with fire code
  • Replaced light fixtures in Men’s bathroom with brighter updated CFL units
  • Replaced light fixtures in youth classroom, library, nursery and hallway with updated, brighter CFL units that use the newer T-12 bulbs.  Fixtures are used with three instead of four bulbs
  • Replaced light fixture in office with bright LED unit.
  • Adjusted light beam to cross and replaced one cross light fixture
  • Removed tile in men’s bathroom in preparation for ceramic tile floor
  • Ordered new wallpaper trim for hallway bathroom
  • Repaired circuit board in south auto door to prevent broken or detached wire (silicone sealant hold down)
  • Installed downward facing exterior “night sky” light fixture on south wall of fellowship hall
  • Replace the roof on the older playground shed
  • Cleaned the mole disrupted soil from the south irrigation box for easier access.  Installed a wire mesh screen in the box bottom to prevent future mole entry. 
  • Installed concrete patio squares around the south irrigation box
  • Pruned the Marion Fife dogwood and other courtyard trees for better mowing access
  • Completed major pruning of lower Douglas-fir branches in the grove north of the building.
  • Pruned other ornamental trees and dogwoods around the building
  • Cleaned gutters and roof during spring clean-up day
  • Pressure washed concrete walkways along south fellowship wall and courtyard
  • Completed major plant bed care around the building
  • Mowing team kept the grass in good control during the season
  • Weeds cut from parking barriers and other areas as needed
  • Brush cut from parking lot bank to expose two planted native oaks.
  • Mowed the ivy beds in the “deck-up” highest position in order to cut off invading brush.  Operation proved to be a very successful experiment which will be continued.  The thinned out ivy still looks attractive
  • Cleaned all of the church property of storm blown small branches and bigger dead wood.

Near Future Plans

  • Replace mercury vapor light fixture in playground with a more efficient, special LED bulb 
  • Replace fellowship hall lighting with fixtures more like the sanctuary
  • Install two or more night sky fixtures around the courtyard and on east sanctuary wall
  • Improve lighting at the north door with LED fixture
  • Install handicap access stall in men’s bathroom
  • Conduct any necessary maintenance on furnaces.  Reseal water leak areas in the exhaust stacks.
  • Conduct a major pruning of Douglas-firs north and south of the building and especially those south of the building near the road exit.  Cut large branches that can break off during fall and winter storms.  Release the large oak from overtopping shade by the fir. May need to hire some of the work to be done.
  • Complete the stairway and upper floor in the garage.
  • Insulate and sheetrock the garage

 

Kenelm Russell 10/2/15

2015 All Church Conference

October 13, 2015

 

 

 

    

 

 

 

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