County engineer says old Strickler farmhouse in good condition, can be occupied

York County engineer John Klinedinst told commissioners that the old Strickler farmhouse is still in an acceptable state to be occupied.

“There’s really nothing horribly wrong with the building. It’s in good …. condition,” Klinedinst told commissioners at their weekly meeting Wednesday. “…There’s really nothing of immediate need out there.”

Klinedinst’s firm, C.S. Davidson Inc., recently completed a site visit to the old farmhouse, located on York County Prison’s property in Springettsbury Township. The firm conducted similar, cursory-level condition assessments in 2009 and 2011.

The inspection was done in response to concerns from Strickler descendants and preservationists.

The report recommended routine maintenance. It also said that the most significant safety concern is the condition of the exterior, second story balcony decking and handrail.
“All public access to the balcony should be immediately restricted until such time the decking and handrails are replaced,” the report says.

Klinedinst said other than that balcony area, there are no other significant structural problems.
The firm found no evidence of water leakage through the roof, Klinedinst said. But he said the roof does need to be repaired.

He said the house consists of three parts. The original house was built around 1740, he said. An addition was put on about 1835.

There was a second addition put on about 1865, he said.

He said the facility has been renovated multiple times since he’s been county engineer.

Klinedinst said afterward that repairs this year would probably cost less than $10,000, while the roof replacement would probably cost $30,000 to $50,000.

Klinedinst said he’s recommending the roof replacement happen within the next several years, possibly to be budgeted for 2014.

“We’re glad Jane Heller brought it to our attention,” York County President Commissioner Steve Chronister said. “….We’ve got to continue to save it.”


And here is live coverage from the meeting:

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