SALISBURY TOWNSHIP BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Salisbury Township will spend about $20,000 to repair to the Franko Farm Park farmhouse occupied by a part-time township employee.
Commissioners voted 5-0 to transfer the money from the township capital reserve fund to repair the house, where township Animal Control Officer Charles Durner resides with his wife.
Commissioner Debra Brinton made the motion, seconded by Commisisoner Joanne Ackerman, at the June 27 township meeting.
Several township officials, including Commissioner Robert Martucci, who has a construction business, visited the stone-facade house.
"We determined the extent of needed repairs. We looked at the project and decided to phase it," Martucci said.
"We knew there were going to be problems," Township Manager Randy Soriano said, who also visited the site.
Plans are to replace 23 windows and four doors at the house.
"It's structurally sound. It's over 200-years-old," Soriano said. "Obviously, we have not kept up with the maintenance of certain items," he added.
There is a separate building, said to have been a summer kitchen, on the property. "A tree is growing through the roof," Soriano said.
"The summer kitchen is a neat old building and should be preserved," Martucci said. "That building is structurally sound."
Stone work repairs could cost between $15,000 and $20,000, according to David J. Tettemer, township consulting engineer.
Soriano said the Franko Farm buildings should be part of the township captal improvement budget, as are other township-owned buildings.