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Property Committee Report 2019-2020
When members came together in 2019, we had a couple of things in common—we were interested in property matters and we didn’t know how it was going to fit into the ‘new’ system. Under guidance from Rev. Faith March-MacCuish over the past 2 years, we all have settled into a format and we feel moving ahead.
The Property committee is under Division of Finances & Administration and the roles and duties are found in the Region 15 Governance Handbook.
Once the Property committee was established, in 2019, in person meetings were held in Sackville, NB or Truro, NS. However, we soon learned that zoom saved in time and travel but challenges were in hearing and technology. During 2020, emails, email polls, phone calls and zoom meetings became the norm for the eight (8) committee members.
Any policy approvals are forward to Division of Finance & Administration and thru them to the Region 15 executive for final approval. The Property Chair represents the committee at meetings of this Division.
All Community of Faith transactions valued over $5,000 must come to our committee for approval. We have opened over 100 files regarding requests for approval including:
- Reviewing and approving grant applications: Technology, Capital Assistance, Faithful Footprints, Hunter Fund, Innovation Fund.
- Buying, selling, renting, and leasing all property/assets, new construction, renovations, amalgamations, closings and endings.
Our committee has now completed the compilation of an inventory of all Nova Scotia UCC owned property: churches, halls, cemeteries, manses, vacant properties, etc. Over 250 in total.
The “Handbook for Communities of Faith re: Property Matters” was developed to assist volunteers who are called upon to carry out the often difficult and time consuming tasks around property decisions. This has been a continual updating process as individualized challenges and situations have been received. UCC and CRA polity takes precedence to this handbook.
We have also developed a guide book for cemetery operations.
We have experienced a continual updating process as we face new challenges and situations almost every month.
Fay Smith, Secretary, Region 15 Property Committee