Elevator Updates

January 12, 2018
Good News!
After a series of very productive meetings with our elevator contractor we have been able to determine
the best way forward to get our elevator functional again. Unfortunately, this fix will still take some time
but with any luck the wait will be measured in days and at most weeks as opposed to months. Although
we entered these talks with the mindset of replacing the unit, that is a solution that is both beyond our
current budget (likely seven figures) and has been determined to be unnecessary for the time being. We
are able to move forward by replacing several key parts that have worn out over the 14 year life of the
machine. We will also improve and upgrade other elements that should allow the elevator to work
consistently. What will be crucial is for us to monitor how it is used so that we do not over extend its

The other exciting result of our talks this week is having gained even more clarity and encouragement to
support our efforts to improve and protect our historic and heavily used building. With the support of
the Finance Committee and by next bringing in the institutional knowledge of our long-dedicated
Building and Grounds Team we are hoping to look forward at more long term options for accessibility
and exciting possibilities for building upgrades and renovations. We hope to begin with a comprehensive
plan but we are still in the very early stages of this process. We will keep you posted as we learn more!

We will have an elevator technician present on Saturday to run the elevator manually as needed.
Unfortunately, we are not able to have this technician on site for Sunday. We will be working with our
contractors over the week to see if we can have a solution for next Sunday, January 21. In the
meantime, please keep looking at this space for more information. Thank you all again for your
encouraging messages and for your patience!
The First Parish Team

January 6, 2018

Dear First Parish Family,

As you have hopefully been made aware, we are experiencing issues with our elevator due to the cold weather. This is not only a challenge for many people in our community including the Y2Y shelter and rental groups but it flies in the face of our commitment to inclusion and accessibility. This problem has been ongoing for much too long and has impacted how we are regarded as a reliably accessible space. To this end, Carol and I are now working with the Governing Board and the Finance Committee to explore our options to replace the elevator with a new commercial grade machine as well as creating ramped access to the meetinghouse level. As your minister I am committed to keeping us aligned with our mission and with your help and with the guidance of the Board and Finance teams we can turn this situation around. For the immediate moment, I will ask for your patience as we align the finances, seek the approvals and acquire the plans and quotes necessary to make the upgrades we so desperately need. Please know however that we are working together to assure that no one experiences our building as a barrier. We have created this space on the website to provide updates on our progress and updates on the status of the elevator in its current form.

With gratitude,