Nov 15 2008

October 2008 SC Minutes

FIRST PARISH UNIVERSALIST UNITARIAN CHURCH
OF CHELMSFORD

Standing Committee October 5, 2008 12:10 p.m. – 1:00 p.m

Members Present: Carole Russell, Dave Seltz, Carla Corey, Marybeth Bush, Tom Coffey, Tom Wight, Joanna Paulsen, Cornelia Kirkpatrick, Ron Deschenes, Ellen Spero
Others Present: none

Note: This was not a regular Standing committee meeting but was called to get a vote on the Cell Tower issue.

Meeting Notes

Cell Tower
• Tom C. recommended that the Standing committee vote to move ahead with the Cell tower proposal
• Construction to put in the new cell tower equipment would start at the end of October
• The proposal was reviewed by a lawyer for us and approved.
• The Cell tower company will create a whole new room for their equipment
• This equipment will be separately powered and metered.
• Tom C. moved that we accept the cell tower proposal. Cornelia seconded. All Approved.
• It was noted that the schedule for the cell tower work has to be reviewed with Cindy Bliss
• [ACTION] Tom C. will follow up when he has located a notary.

Middlesex singers
• The Middlesex singers have been using the church (the Chapel) for their concerts.
• They would like to continue to use the church for their concerts but would like to use the Sanctuary instead.
• There are no church members that are part of the Middlesex Singers.
• We discussed what to charge the group for the use of the church
• They use the church about 4 times a month.
• They use the piano and pay to get the piano tuned.
• One suggestion was to charge $400 per year.
o They would keep all concert entry fees.
o They would continue to pay for tuning the piano.
• [ACTION] Ron will follow up with Middlesex Singers to indentify a sum that will not break the back of them with an eye towards $400 for the year, tuning of the piano, and no take from concerts.

Metro Media Energy
• Joanna is getting a quote from Metromedia energy
• All Saints is already using Metromedia
• [ACTION] Joanna will check current energy company to see if they give religious organizations a discount.

Motion to adjourn – All Approved

Action Items
Action Owner Due Date Status Creation Date
Tom C. will follow up when he has located a notary Tom C. Oct 14 New Oct 5
Ron will follow up with Middlesex Singers to indentify a sum that will not break the back of them with an eye towards $400 for the year, tuning of the piano, and no take from concerts. Ron Oct 14 New Oct 5
Joanna will check current energy company to see if they give religious organizations a discount. Joanna Oct 14 New Oct 5

Standing Committee

The Standing Committee is the Church's governing board. The Standing Committee works to ensure the vitality of our community of faith. There are 10 members of the Standing Committee – nine voting members elected by the congregation and the minister, who is a non-voting member of the Committee. Standing Committee members serve a 3 year term.

The Standing Committee meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 7:00pm. Time is set aside at the beginning of every SC meeting as an open forum for members to bring forward any issues they would like to discuss.

The Standing Committee is responsible for the health and well being of First Parish. This includes maintaining communication among members and committees, managing Church property, and planning for the Church's short and long-term future. And of course members of the Standing Committee develop and manage the budget approved by the Congregation at the annual meeting.
The Human Resources Committee is a sub-committee of the Standing Committee.