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    We recently had a security breach on a Friday night that caused the police to be called to the church around midnight because of a tripped alarm. A search of the building by the police found the Vine Street entry to be ajar by a few inches, the Dix Street door closed, but manually unlocked and the door from the kitchen to the Reno Garden to also be ajar. We are charged a fee from the police when they are called to respond to a security breach.

    As most of you are aware, we have a FEMA grant to help us address these issues in the future, but in the meantime it is imperative for all of us to be diligent with regards to building safety. The Vine Street door is the most problematic as it does not close properly and in spite of signs asking that the door be properly shut, that does not regularly happen.

    I am not sure why any electronic door (Dix, Vine & Ripley) would be manually unlocked with a key, but if done so, it is imperative for the person unlocking the door to ensure that it is locked again when they leave the building.

    The Dix, Vine and Ripley entrances follow a regular unlocked schedule. Weekdays, Dix & Vine are unlocked from 7 am to 5 pm. The Ripley door follows a random schedule based on building use. For Sunday services, the Dix & Vine doors are unlocked from 7 am to 1 pm and the Ripley door is unlocked from 9 am to 12 pm. All doors are locked on Saturday, except for a few random times to allow renters to enter the building.

    Your help is greatly appreciated in trying to resolve this security and safety issue until we can get the doors repaired and properly functioning. Any questions, please feel free to contact me directly at Ed Banzy.


    Ed Banzy