During this past summer our church leadership agreed for the Building & Grounds Committee to focus energies on safety and security for all of our facilities for at least six months, with the idea to begin outlining a staged process of implementing safety measures.  Our work began during the summer in conjunction with TCCC and Noah Rogers, safety expert from the Baptist General Association of Virginia.

As a result of our assessments, the Building & Grounds Committee and the TCCC Director are recommending a Stage 1 of activities that highlight our need to protect the children that we serve every day in our facility.  We have already updated interior door locks, added door codes for staff and families, planned relocation to church building if weather emergency, and scheduled emergency training for the staff.  Costs have been covered by TCCC.

The next step in our Williams Building Stage 1 is to install a new, monitored fire panel. The fire panel is our first priority based upon our discussions with a number of professionals.  We have obtained a proposal that will provide fire protection on all levels of the Williams Building, covering materials and installation at a cost in the range of $40,000-$45,000 (allowing $5,000 for contingencies in the event of unexpected costs).  TCCC has already approved covering 2/3 of the cost (for the space that they occupy) and TBC is being asked to cover 1/3 (for the space that we occupy).   Actual cost to TBC will be $15,000 less the $5,400 remaining in the Williams Building God-Sized Vision funds.

We will be holding a Zoom meeting on Monday, December 12th at 7pm for you to ask questions you may have.  The Zoom link:

Topic: Fire Protection Q&A Meeting
Time: Dec 12, 2022 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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To vote to approve the installation of the fire panel for the Williams Building, select this link. Voting is open now and will close on December 18, 2022 at 1:00 PM. A paper ballot for those who do not wish to vote electronically will be available during Worship on Sunday, December 18.

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