The members of the St. Mary’s Building, Grounds, and Maintenance Committee offer their stewardship gifts of time and talent to ensure our parish buildings and St. Mary’s School are kept in top condition. The experience and knowledge they have gained in their livelihoods are shared throughout the year.
Carl Worms serves as Co-Chair, as well as the committee liaison for the parish Leadership Council. The Building, Grounds, and Maintenance Committee reports to the Leadership Council. Joe Roehrl is Chair; Jim Mohs also is Co-Chair; other members are Butch Haider, Glen Klaphake, Don Kleumpke, and Bob Arceneau.
The committee members meet as needed.
“We are in charge of any ongoing maintenance of the buildings and school, as well as potential new projects,” Carl says. “It is a fairly new ministry. It was organized shortly after the new church was completed. The Leadership Council felt there should be such a group at that time, toward the end of 2020 into 2021.”
The Building, Grounds, and Maintenance Committee also makes sure that the lawns are kept mowed and snow is cleared.
In addition to the members of the committee, there are a number of volunteers who step forward when maintenance help may be needed.
The committee helped organize the building of the new rectory and is taking care of the replacement of the heating system in the school.
In addition, the committee is currently taking the necessary steps toward final approval for a maintenance and storage shed.
“The shed is needed for a space the custodian can use to maintain the grass mower and other equipment, as well as storage for church and school materials,” Carl says. “We are getting plans made up and are preparing to solicit bids once final approval is given.”
The committee’s stewardship comes into play when projects require knowledge about what must be done.
“I’m in the construction industry, so I feel, what better way to help the parish by doing things I know I’m able to help with, as far as decision making?” Carl says. “I am knowledgeable in construction language, and we have three of us in the construction industry. We have a few members who are farmers, some active, some retired, with very good mechanical backgrounds who can help with building and equipment. Most farmers are mechanically inclined and know about maintenance. We have a good blend of that kind of knowledge.”
For more information about the Building, Grounds, and Maintenance Committee, contact Carl Worms at email@example.com.