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Some York County library repairs will be finished in spring

Repairs to the Rock Hill branch of the York County Library are well under way, although some, including a resurfaced parking lot, will have to wait until next spring.

Library executive director Colleen Kaphengst said a new roof has been installed, as well as a new boiler.

In July, the York County Council approved $470,000 for repairs and replacements to the building on East Black Street. The new roof cost about $200,000 while the boiler cost about $95,000.

In addition to the roof, some masonry repairs were needed after concerns arose about the 30-year-old building with the discovery of minor leaks and cracks in the 4-foot-high parapets.

Security features were added as well, including security doors on the fire exit stairwells.

The doors now have panic bars, so people inside can exit in a time of emergency, but people can't get in from the outside.

Over the past few years, the library has had to replace much of the building's infrastructure, including parts of the heating and air conditioning system. The elevator has also been upgraded.

However, more repairs, including resurfacing the parking lot and replacing the chilling tower, will be necessary in the future.

Kaphengst said she doesn't yet have a timeline on the repairs, but they will probably occur in the spring and won't require the library to close.

Next fiscal year, which begins in July, will mean looking to more improvements and repairs.

"Next year, we will ask for funding to retrofit fluorescent lights because they will no longer be making the bulbs and ballasts for them," she said, "but timing of that project will depend on funding in our fiscal year 2012-2013 budget request being approved."