Church in talks to purchase the Melfort Journal building

By Aaron Schulze
August 14, 2018 - 2:05pm Updated: August 14, 2018 - 3:02pm

After plans of expanding their building were delayed with their Christian school opening in the fall, the Northeast Christian Fellowship Church is currently discussing purchasing the Melfort Journal building.

The Journal’s building is next door to the church on the mainstream, and if all goes through it would be incorporated as part of the church.

Pastor Paul Dubois said during his delegation at the Aug. 13 council meeting the current thought is to use the Journal building for Sunday school and Bible class, while putting in a boardroom, staff room with kitchen renovation, bigger bathrooms, and storage rooms.

The church also plans on beautifying the building the building and grounds, adding a fenced playground, and installing a fire alarm and security camera.

Conditions for purchase include a mortgage being granted and city approval.

Mayor Rick Lang said he can’t see council being inclined or willing to prevent the purchase from happening.

“If it’s discretionary or a use we can permit I’m sure council would be on board with it,” Lang said. “They’ll know the process and work their way through it, our involvement is making sure the rules are all followed.”

The City of Melfort will make sure the usage change complies to all the regulatory issues such as zoning bylaws, but there’s more provincial and federal regulations to which the church will have to adhere.

If everything gets approved, the transfer of ownership would take place Oct. 1.

 

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