Camp Security neighbors concerned about impact of sewer project

An ongoing sewer project in Springettsbury Township will involve Camp Security Park, but it will not have much of an impact on the Revolutionary War-era prisoner-of-war camp, according to the township manager.

A portion of the project — which will replace a large sewer line from the township's East York Pump Station to Windsor Township — will run through the 162-acre "historically significant" property, according to a news release.

Township manager Ben Marchant said neighbors have been asking what effects the project will have on the site, where more than 1,000 British and Canadian prisoners stayed from 1781 to 1783, according to the Camp Security website.

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Clockwise from top, a quartz lithic, a heat-tempered jasper lithic, German pottery, a wine bottle base, French musket flint and a brass buckle are some of the artifacts found thus far during Friends of Camp Security's archaeological dig at the site of the Revolutionary War-era prison camp in Springettsbury Township, Wednesday, June 8, 2016. Dawn J. Sagert photo

The township bought the land in 2013 in a joint effort with the Conservation Fund, the Friends of Camp Security, York County, the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and other private donors, to protect the land, which is now a township park.

Marchant confirmed there will be no changes to the property. Any trees removed in order to build the trench for the sewer line will be from around the perimeter, and there are no plans for developments or further construction, he said. 

"This is a significant project that’s going to be a big benefit to the Springettsbury wastewater management system and benefit residents," he said, adding that it will reduce operating costs of the systems by removing pump stations.

A collaboration between Springettsbury and Windsor townships, the project will replace a "troublesome pump station" in Windsor Township, according to the news release from Springettsbury Township.

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Windsor's sewer collection system goes to Springettsbury, and in an effort to eliminate problems with the pump station and come up with a more efficient, cost-effective solution, the townships agreed to put in a gravity sewer line, according to Springettsbury Township.

Marchant said eliminating pumps is a good idea because they require a lot of electricity to operate, as well as maintenance. Unlike a pumping station, which forces waste uphill, a gravity sewer line allows it to flow downhill.

"Any major utility like water or sewer, when you can let it flow downhill, it’s less work," he explained.

Marchant said Windsor Township approached the township about adding the sewer line.

The pumping station will be replaced with a gravity sewer line that connects to Springettsbury’s existing gravity sewer and the East York Pump Station, on the far east end of the township.

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Springettsbury Township will be able to remove another pump station near its Penn Oaks neighborhood and upgrade its existing gravity line. 

Anrich Inc. of Wayne, Delaware County, is the contractor for the project. Total costs for the project are $1,256,585 for Windsor Township, plus a one-time tapping fee paid to Springettsbury for $382,152.48, and $981,415 for Springettsbury.