Council approves Melfort Journal building to be part of a church

By Aaron Schulze
August 24, 2018 - 2:00pm

Melfort City Council voted unanimously on Aug. 23 to grant Northeast Christian Fellowship Church discretionary approval to use the Melfort Journal building as a place of worship.

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 City of Melfort is expected to lose around $5,800 in tax revenue as churches don’t pay taxes, but Mayor Rick Lang said the church provides a valuable service to the community.

“You have two choices,” Lang said. “Stand in their way and be an obstacle, or work with them for the benefit of the community. Council decided to work with them as best we can.”

Lang said he’s encouraged Pastor Dubois agreed the building needs to be renovated, but made it clear the city will check in to make sure the Journal building under new use will follow all municipal, provincial, and national regulations.

The transfer of ownership would take place Oct. 1, but the church will have to make sure the Journal building is up to current codes before they can receive a building permit and occupy it.


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