In the last couple of years we have installed new roofs, repaired the foundation under the kitchen, replaced the kitchen and kitchen floor, installed new heating system and many small repairs. Our Thendara cabin has been in use for just about 100 years. Unfortunately it was not designed for such a long run. The cabin was used by workers during the construction of the park and not originally designed as a group camp. Our lease with the State of NY requires that our club maintain the cabin and pay for the repairs. We do receive a credit toward our yearly lease payments for approved work equal to ¼ of our lease. The credit is approximately $685.00 per year.
Some time ago I noticed the deck and porch needed repairs. Representatives of Harriman State Park inspected the decks and found the foundation and wood structure need repair and reinforcement. The park required that we hire a licensed structural engineer to review the decks and prepare a set of plans prior to doing any work. Those plans have been created, submitted to the park and approved. Our contractor, KIJ Contracting of Tompkins Cove provided a quote that the board has accepted. KIJ Contracting did the work on our kitchen foundation, propane tanks, kitchen floor replacement and roof replacements. The repair will include new footings, posts, structural supports and decking as needed. We decided on a plan that will maintain the same look while creating a safe and modern support structure. The supports to a wall in the basement have also been compromised by water and rot and it will be repaired by KIJ Contracting.
I expect the work to begin in mid-October, but the date is open to change depending on the scheduling of the contractor. It’s not expected that the back deck will be out of service for any time during the work. The screened porch will be out of service during some periods as the work progresses. I will send out notice and place signs when the work begins. I ask for your cooperation while the work takes place in order to keep the area safe.
The cost born by the club for this work is estimated at $7000.00.
You also may have noticed the water pressure has dropped. Our well was tested by the Park and the water is clean and safe. The well pump is drawing fine sediment that our filtration system is capturing. The park water department is scheduled to check the well and hopefully will be able to correct any issues with the system.
What seems like constant projects at the camp have caused inconveniences to hosts and members. The camp is 100 years old but in very good shape for its age! These projects should ensure many more years of use. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation during the work.
Paul Weisenbacher, Camp Chair