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Methodist Church receiving new roof, raising renovation funds

The United Methodist Church of Cazenovia is currently getting a new roof installed, with the hope that the work will be completed by the end of July. The church's stained glass windows have been boarded up to prevent accidental damage.

The United Methodist Church of Cazenovia is currently getting a new roof installed, with the hope that the work will be completed by the end of July. The church's stained glass windows have been boarded up to prevent accidental damage. Photo by Jason Emerson.

— The First United Methodist Church of Cazenovia is in the process of receiving a new roof, along with some necessary — although unexpected — building renovations along the way. The problem, however, is that the church congregation needs some assistance to pay for the cost of the work to the 141-year-old building.

“This is a big undertaking; the single-biggest thing we’ve done since I joined in 1980,” said Tom Long, chair of the church’s finance committee. “[But] if we don’t get the money, the church won’t stand under the roof.”

The First United Methodist Church of Cazenovia, as it currently exists at the corner of Lincklaen and Seminary streets, was built in 1872 of Cazenovia-made bricks at a cost of $35,350. The building is a historic landmark in the town and is situated inside the village historic district. Through the years, typical repairs have been done to the building and roof as needed, including roof work in 1996, but major leaks in the roof that started last year have necessitated its entire removal and replacement.

The work by contractor John Marinelli of Manlius began June 20 and was expected to take about eight days, but incessant rains and the increasingly growing scope of the work to be done has delayed the project. The current hope is for completion by the end of July.

The original estimate for the work was $66,000, but as Marinelli’s crews have stripped off the current roofing he has found numerous issues in the historic structure such as weak boards that need to be replaced, roof trim and building rafters that need to be repaired. Now, the cost of the roof is looking to become more like $75,000 at least, said Rob Wester, a member of the church’s board of trustees and the point person for the project.

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