[Imc-bigmuddy] Space--214 North Washington Street--News
talbotts2112 at verizon.net
Sun Jan 6 06:43:06 PST 2008
Good e-mail. I'll be in touch very soon.
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From: <eric at egyptian.com>
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Sent: Sunday, January 06, 2008 2:29 AM
Subject: [Imc-bigmuddy] Space--214 North Washington Street--News
> I am providing information regarding renovation, maintenance and
> improvement plans for the BMIMC Space at 214 North Washington in
> Carbondale. Please spend a little time reviewing the lists, since this
> maintenance and improvement is simply an attempt to allow the Space to
> become a greater Community Asset. There is a true opportunity to do this
> since two competent members of the construction trades have offered there
> expertise and ability to accomplish this. With some additional sweat from
> a few other volunteers, this can become real.
> If, anyone else wishes to offer labor, material or equipment for the
> listed purposes below, please reply to this list. Also, Sheridan has a
> cost estimate for some materials so if you would prefer to just give the
> old greenback, it will be put to good use.
> There is also a need for some simple necessities to improve the Space. A
> push broom, cleaning supplies, bleach, trash bags, batteries, industrial
> grade extension cords, heat tape, ceramic tile, toilet paper, towels (both
> paper and cloth), pens, hot cups, batteries, adhesive tape, furnace
> filters and appropriate furniture are a few of the items really needed to
> realize our goal for improving our community commitment.
> 1) Improvements
> If you haven't met Sheridan, our Herrin participant, this is a great
> opportunity. He has been involved in the construction trades for a few
> decades. He has offered his time and skills to renovate and improve the
> facade and front area. He has the cost estimates I referred to earlier. He
> is looking for assistance as well. If you have any interest in learning
> about the trades, here is an excellent opportunity to learn from someone
> who actually knows them.
> Unfortunately, the roof should really be resurfaced. The incessant rain we
> have had lately makes that an obvious need. It is simply a matter of
> tarring it. Hot tar is what the roof needs, unfortunately a large vat or
> tar bucket is also necessary. Rory Jaros has said he is willing to help.
> As a member of the construction trades, his ability adds a lot to his
> offer. He is convinced we can do it without a vat but rather by heating
> the tar in buckets. If someone is willing to help, this is a messy but not
> too difficult task. Reply if you wish to participate.
> We definitely need to remove the graffiti from the building facade. It is
> extremely high up on the building. We got a delay in fine implementation
> by the City but it must be painted over. I believe we have someone
> willing to paint it over. He's the reggae master at WDBX. He may need a
> little help so feel free to ask him.
> 4)Internet access
> Another positive use of the Space is providing high speed Internet access
> to the community. The necessary equipment is there to set up a 2 or 3
> computer network plus wireless access for laptops. It is possible to get
> high speed Internet access to the Space as we did previously, however, the
> City has a wireless gateway that should be available for free to
> requesting non-profits. We need a few interested Carbondale residents to
> request that the City provide the BMIMC continuous access explaining that
> it will provide community access. I and others will work with the City and
> provide our own radio for access to one of their wireless access points.
> If you are interested in making this request, please reply to the list.
> 5) Trash
> I removed the trash cans from the back room and placed them up front,
> simply because it prevented access to the rear, which is essential.
> Unfortunately, the trash was to have been removed but wasn't. Joyce and I
> removed several cans worth of trash. It really wasn't that tough, we
> simply bring one or two bags and empty a can into them. We then walk to a
> spot and deposit it. Not something all that difficult. Fortunately, thanks
> to the help of Morning Star and Sorrel, this problem has been eradicated.
> We now have marked containers for refuse, now it is a matter of
> utilizing these correctly, taking them to their appropriate place of
> deposit and taking responsibility for what we bring to and leave at the
> Space. So please take your trash or someone else's with you and look upon
> it as the Space's belated holiday gift to you.
> Unfortunately trash is a fairly common problem, so please always take a
> little trash with you when you leave the Space. At least our garbage is
> real, unlike the rest of the media who simply make theirs up.
> 6) Back Room
> Unfortunately, we have received a great many donations some of which would
> have been better off in a dumpster. It takes up space and prevents use,
> at some point we need to have a yard sale for a great deal of it and a
> visit to the trash for the rest. There is enough stuff in the back for a
> decent yard sale, especially with a few items added by nice contributors.
> It could bring us some funds for things on our wish list. Also, if someone
> could provide a van or truck, refuse removal could be readily completed.
> We could truly be a major community asset if the back were made available
> for film and performance activities since it is a larger space while the
> front is available for organizational and creative functions.
> 7) Event usage
> The Space is available to be rented for special events. Unfortunately,
> there are now footprints on the newly painted walls. This occurred during
> a special event. Had the organizer of the event who took responsibility
> for the use of the Space simply taken a towel and cleaner it could have
> been remedied. However, frequently this type of lack of respect and
> responsibly occurs, so perhaps a higher deposit is required with Space
> Hope you get a chance to consider what you are willing to contribute.
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