Canoe Camp Village sewer module touted

MANSFIELD – A sewer module for the Canoe Camp Creek Village housing development was presented to the Richmond Township supervisors during their monthly meeting Tuesday.

Ed Trask, managing member of the Trask Family who are developing the project, and their engineer Jason Wert, of RETTEW, presented the module for the sewage treatment plant planned for the development.

Despite Trask and Wert’s requests for approval at the meeting “for purposes of advancement,” supervisors decided to table any action on the module until after they have heard from their engineer Scott Bray and Solicitor Jeff Loomis.

“We can meet you halfway and call a special meeting just to decide on this,” Chairman Chuck Neal said.

Trask said both Bray and Loomis had reviewed it and Loomis is reviewing paperwork for an agreement guaranteeing if for some reason the plant was left in an unsafe condition, there would be funding available to correct it as required by the state Department of Environmental Protection.

“We would buy the necessary nutrients, if needed,” Trask said.

“This is just a planning approval for land development for the project, so you can see what it will look like in context with the development,” Wert said. “It is to simply treat the sewage in the development.”

The systems will treat 56,000 gallons per day, according to Wert.

“Part of it will be put in when the first 100 homes go in, and it is staged for expansion as the development gets built,” Wert said.

The plan is compliant with Chesapeake Bay Initiative protocols, he added.

The treated wastewater, which Trask referred to as “almost potable,” first would go to an unnamed creek along West Gate, then into the Canoe Camp Creek.

“This meets both current and proposed limits for nutrients. The membrane is a filter with holes smaller than a human hair,” Wert said.

A licensed operator would run the facility and there would be monthly reporting on wastewater, with creek testing done three days a week.

The development has been planned since 2009, when Trask first approached the township with the idea of creating more housing, partly to meet the needs for housing brought on by the Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling boom, which since has abated somewhat.

In other business, supervisors:

Appointed Scott DiMarco, director of information resources at the Mansfield University library, to sit on the planning commission. The commission currently has seven members.

Agreed to have the county map out sluice pipes and signs in the township for purposes of GIS in exchange for mileage costs only.

Agreed to donate $1,000 to the North Central Sewage Agency to digitize all its records.

Heard that the first of two spring cleanup days, held May 3, netted $265 for the township, with about 25 residents bringing documents to be shredded for free.

Heard from Neal that following an inspection, the township roads look better this year than they did last year.