The Madill Church Preservation Society is in the process of applying for charitable status so that we can provide tax receipts for donations, however this is taking a bit longer than we anticipated it would. In the meantime, there is lots of work that needs doing before another winter is upon us.
The priority items are: a new foundation and a new roof – it is estimated that these will cost about $30,000.
The plan for the foundation is to lift the church and put in a proper cement/block foundation behind the existing stacked stone. This will likely also require some replacement of the support beams beneath the church and re-stacking of the dry stone foundation. Depending upon what material donations we might get, this project is estimated to come in around $20,000.
The plan for the roof is to remove the existing roof which is supported by 2 X 6s laid flat (on the six inch width rather than laid on the 2 inch width) and put trusses in their place while maintaining the original look of the church. Then depending upon the funds available, re-roof with either shingles or steel. The cost of this project is estimated to be a minimum of $10,000 … but until we take the existing roof off it is hard to have an accurate estimate as it depends on what we might find.
In addition to these projects, we will need to replace some or all of the exterior boards in the eaves of the church as there are holes and they have weathered to the point of thinness and wearing away. We will have to remove the vestibule and replace it on a similar foundation as the church building (it has pulled away from the church and is on a bit of an angle). Some of its boards may also need some replacing.
As well, there may be some logs that either need to be restored or replaced. Certainly the chinking needs replacing. Finally, we need to fix the chimney – although we would not likely use the wood stove – it is original to the church and the chimney very likely needs to be replaced.
So the MCPS has set a fund raising target of $70,000. The United Church did provide us with $10,000 and the Town of Huntsville reimbursed $2,000 of the total cost of land transfer/legal fees. After insurance and incorporation costs and a few incidentals, the MCPS has a little over $8,000 in the bank.
If you are interested in making a donation and do not want/need a tax receipt, let us know by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
In the meantime, we are planning an open house at the church on Sunday, July 15th so that you can reacquaint yourself with the Madill Church and we can show you what needs to be done.
Please join us on Sunday, July 15th between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
President of the Madill Church Preservation Society