The Wesley Board of Trustees meets each month on the fourth Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the Library to discuss the property and buildings, their usage, maintenance, and long-term goals. The trustee meetings are open to all members of Wesley.
Over the past twelve months, the trustees have worked on addressing utility costs. We met with a few solar companies in 2018 and determined that is is not feasible. Tax credits residential properties receive to offset the cost of the panels and installation are not available to the church as a non-profit. The only possibility for cost savings would be purchasing the panels and installation. The cost is prohibitive and beyond our budget.
However, the cost saving on electronic costs from 2017-2018 was substantial due to the LED replacement of outdoor lighting. Costs went from $30,000 in 2017 to $23,000. Sewer water costs will be reduced as well in 2019 as most of the water cost increases are due to the irrigation of the property and do not impact water to the sewer. Low winter water costs will be used all year round which should show a water cost savings of $3,000 – $4,000 for 2019.
In other news, the bees are gone! The trustees found a beekeeper who was able to remove the bees, their queen and the 10-year-old hive from our tower in JWH. they have continued to use natural methods to dissuade them from returning. This has been a problem for several decades that we hope is solved.