SOTP MEMORY GARDEN UPDATE
The rendering from Wilbert Monument Co. illustrates their recommendation for the MG. The MGC will determine the quantity of niches we will begin with. At this point we are planning a 72-niche columbarium that is pictured in the center of the rendering. The major factor for starting construction of the MG will be the number of niches that are presold. Each niche will hold up to two urns.
New: The application for a Special Use Permit was given to the Planning Commission at the Village of Huntley on November 6th. We are scheduled to meet with them on December14th. Then we will meet with the Village Trustees in January. In the meantime, we received our Certificate of Exemption from the State of Illinois Comptroller’s office for the Memory Garden. We have completed the rules and regulations regarding the Columbarium. The cost for each niche will be determined when we receive the permit and approval from the Congregation. We are planning to sell niches and Memory Bricks February 1, 2021.
If you haven’t already made your intention to purchase one of the niches, contact Ralph Wehnes at 224-569-2808, and you will be added to the list. If you have any questions feel free to contact one of the MGC members; Ellen Nissen, Gail Quam, Kathy Miller, Ron Knutson, Carol DeFiore, Pastor Mark, or Ralph Wehnes.
New Memory Garden News 1/18/21
The application for a Special Use Permit was unanimously approved by the Planning Commission at the Village of Huntley on December 14th. We met with the Village Trustees on January 14th and received the final approval for the Special Use Permit. In the meantime, we received our Certificate of Exemption from the State of Illinois Comptroller’s office for the Memory Garden. Once we are ready to start construction, we can apply for the building permit. We have completed the rules and regulations regarding the Columbarium. The cost for each niche will be determined after we receive approval from the Congregation. We are planning to sell niches and Memory Bricks starting on February 1, 2021. The Memory Brick order forms will be on the web site, and printed forms will be available at the Church office. A copy of the niche contract will also be listed on the web site. Still planning our opening in July 2021. More information and pictures on the SOTP web site.
The Memory Garden Committee thought you might like more information on our planned first columbarium for the Memory Garden. Ed Cuttle was kind enough to build the model for us pictured here. The model will be on display once we get back to meeting inside the church. The Columbarium will contain 72 niches that will each hold two urns. It’s a little over 6’ 11” high and 6’ 6” wide. As you can see each niche will have last name, first names, date of birth, and date of death. The final cost for each niche will be determined after approvals from council, Village of Huntley, and congregation.
The Memory Garden Committee is planning to sell memory bricks that will be part of a walkway from the West door of the all-purpose room to the Columbarium/Memory Garden. The bricks will be part of the overall plan to be presented to the Village of Huntley.
Memory Garden Drawing
This penciled drawing shows the planed layout from overhead for the Memory Garden. The landscaping plan may change based on what the Village of Huntley will require us to do the keep the MG somewhat secluded.