Manager’s Corner

Current News – Last Revised:

June 6, 2016

Welcome, everyone, to Hampden’s Website. Our purpose, of course, is to share with you news and information that is relevant and timely, so, if you have any suggestions on what you would like to see on this website, please feel free to send us an email.

s/ Keith B. Metts, Township Manager


Planning Commission

At the June 2, 2016 Board of Commissioners Meeting, the Board took action to:

Approve Ordinance No. 2016-02 establishing and adopting an Official Map for Hampden Township.

Approve, with conditions, a Final Land Development Plan for The Village of Brandywine Lot 122A of Phase 2B, located at the northwest intersection of Rivendale Boulevard and Kirkwood Drive.

Approve, with conditions, a Preliminary/Final Subdivision Plan for The Meadows at Lamb’s Gap, located off Lamb’s Gap Road.

Approve, with conditions, a Final Land Development and Subdivision Plan for Laurel Ridge Estates Phase 3, located on Valley Road.

Approve a request for a time extension until July 2, 2017 for 4 Under Inc, dba Anytime Fitness on the Preliminary/Final Land Development and Subdivision Plan for Anytime Fitness in order to meet conditions of approval subject to payment of applicable fee.

Accept the withdrawal of an application from Good Hope Ventures for a Zoning Ordinance Map Amendment to rezone six parcels at the corner of Wertzville and Good Hope Roads from Residential Country to Commercial General and consider a request for a Zoning Ordinance Map Amendment of those parcels to Commercial Limited. Additionally, consider a request for a text amendment to the Permitted Uses in the Commercial Limited District to allow for outdoor food service without ‘in-car’ or ‘drive-in’ service.


Public Works Department

At the June 2, 2016 Board of Commissioners Meeting, the Board took action to:

Approve Phase 1 development of the Veteran’s Recognition Memorial Park contingent upon staff and Solicitor review and approval and establishment of an escrow account by the Veteran’s Recognition Committee in an amount equal to the project cost.

Approve a request from Comcast for a utility extension contingent upon PennDOT, Norfolk Southern and Township Solicitor approval.

Approve a contract to upgrade parking lot lights, fixtures and poles at Hampden Park and Pool Complex with W.S. Carey at a cost of $8,542.00, the lowest of three competitive quotes.

Approve the purchase of eight (8) sinks and installation of water and drain lines at Creekview Park from REMCO at a cost of $4,150.00, the lowest of three competitive quotes.

Approve estimate No. 11 for the 2015/2016 Street Resurfacing Project in the amount of $1,246,570.34.

Approve a PennDOT Renewal Letter for Municipal Snow Removal Services.

Authorize award of a contract to seal coat Good Hope Station parking lot with The Breneman Company, at a cost not to exceed $13,900.00, through Co-Stars Contract 008-128.

Authorize award of a contract for make up air units at Sporting Hill Station to Trane US, Inc., at a cost not to exceed $31,804.00, through Co-Stars Contract 008-274.

Authorize award of a contract to replace guide rail along Lamb’s Gap Road to Chemung Supply Corp., at a cost not to exceed $21,127.50 through a CAPCOG bid.

Authorize staff to install Military Veteran Parking signs at Hampden Township owned facilities.

Authorize award of a three (3) year contract for HVAC Maintenance to Elite Plumbing, Heating & AC, LLC at a cost not to exceed $11,802.00 per year.

Authorize release of review escrow for the Mark Crandy Final Minor Subdivision in the amount of $1,868.75. The Plan has been recorded.

Authorize release of review escrow for the Daniel Walchak Final Subdivision in the amount of $2,722.50. The Plan has been recorded.

Emergency Services

Hampden’s Emergency Medical Services Department conducts an annual drive for family and individual subscriptions to finance operations.  I encourage you to take advantage of the subscription offer.  The EMS Department provides emergency medical coverage 24 hours a day, seven days a week to residents and visitors of the Township and neighboring Shiremanstown and other communities. Subscribers also receive Advance Life Support service from West Shore EMS.

Annual Membership fees are $120 for a household and $80 for an individual. The fee provides unlimited emergency calls for residents who require medical necessity transports to an emergency room.  For more details about the service and a Membership Enrollment Card, view links. EMS Subscription Brochure (ViewMembership Enrollment Card (View)

The Township EMS, founded in 1975, cost more than $1 million annually to operate and is staffed round-the-clock by paid professional EMTs who answer around 3,000 calls a year, according to William Cook, EMS Director.

As a reminder, Township ordinance requires that each residence in the Township be visibly marked with its street number. The purpose for this is to facilitate finding your home in case of an emergency. Our ambulance and volunteer fire company are asking that those address numbers be as large as possible and placed conspicuously so that precious seconds can be gained in an attempt to find you in your time of need.

A copy of the Family Preparedness Guide is available electronically by selecting this link.

In this continued time of uncertainty, be assured that Hampden Township has a detailed and frequently reviewed Emergency Operations Plan. The plan outlines specific procedures for Township officials to follow in order to protect your life and property. Because there are many different scenarios that may constitute an emergency, the Commissioners would like to remind residents that your best source of information will come from your local radio and/or television stations.  Hampden Township and the South Central Task Force also provide emergency email alert notifications via email.  Sign up for the service by clicking here.  If an evacuation is ever required, Township Police and Fire Police will assume control. The Township recommends that you always have basic emergency essentials such as flashlights, radios and extra batteries in your home.


Armitage Golf Club

Armitage Golf Club, routinely voted as “Simply The Best” public course, now offers Coporate Sponsorship Opportunities.

Each tee box sponsorship includes a bench, ball washer, hole layout, trash and recycling receptacles and, of course, a 12” x 17” sign with your company logo and name. Additionally, as a tee box sponsor, your company will be recognized on our website with a direct link to your website. This will encourage patrons who access our website to learn more about your business as well. Along with the attractive and highly visible advertising, your company will also receive 20 complimentary rounds of golf, excluding a cart, to be used each year of your sponsorship.

The greenside bunker renovation at Armitage has been completed.  The new bunkers and course look great.  Be sure to come out and play a round of golf!

SEE OUR SEPARATE WEBSITE @ for additional information

A current resident ID card is required in order to obtain a resident discount on greens fees and cart rentals and can be obtained free-of-charge from the Recreation Department with proof of residency.

For a great dining experience, please visit The Caddy Shack or schedule a banquet at the Armitage Meeting Room!


Yard Waste Recycling

The yard waste facility remains open from 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM, Monday through Friday, without an appointment. The facility will be open the first and third Saturday of each month from April to December, 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM without an appointment. A Resident ID card is required and residents are asked to enter the drop-off site from Technology Parkway in the Cumberland Technology Park. The facility is closed on holidays and during inclement weather.

When a supply exists, leaf compost and tan bark may be picked up at the Yard Waste Facility. The product must be loaded by the resident and no private-loading equipment will be permitted on the premises.

Commercial landscapers are permitted unlimited drop off at the Yard Waste Facility, even if the waste was not generated within Hampden Township. An application must be completed and payment made at the Hampden Township Municipal Building prior to a commercial landscaper’s vehicle arriving at the Yard Waste Facility. The vehicle must be identified with the company’s logo. An application form is available at the Township Municipal Building or from the following link. The cost to a commercial landscaper is $750.00 annually.



The Board of Commissioners would like to take this opportunity to remind you that the current Hampden Township real estate tax rate is .156 mills which means for a home assessed at $100,000 a resident would pay $15.60 a year in real estate taxes to the Township. The School District and the Township are separate taxing bodies and the Township receives no tax revenue from the School District and there is no revenue sharing between the two.



At the June 2, 2016 Board of Commissioners Meeting, the Board took action to:   

Approve annual participation in the Cumberland County Police Testing Consortium.

Approve conditional appointment of Stuart Odell to the position of Maintenance Division Superintendent, Public Works Department effective June 3, 2016.

Approve, full time, regular employment for Maintenance Worker I, Robert Welsh effective June 9, 2016, upon successful completion of a probationary period.

Accept a notice of resignation from Kenneth Gutshall, Part-Time Civilian Support Staff, from the Police Department effective June 30, 2016 and authorize advertisement to fill the part-time vacancy.

Accept resignation from Jon Powers from the position of Deputy Assistant Emergency Management Coordinator, effective June 24, 2016.

Ratify and authorize the hiring of seasonal employees for the Recreation Department upon satisfactory completion of background checks.

Approve Resolution No. 2016-15, a Designation of Agent Resolution for Snowstorm Jonas.

Approve advertisement of an Ordinance establishing Key Lock Box and Preplanning Submission requirements.

Approve advertisement of an Ordinance amending Chapter 27 to clarify Permitted Uses in several zoning districts.

Declare as surplus items to be sold at the CAPCOG Auction.

Authorize staff to provide Mechanicsburg Borough and the Naval Support Activity a draft copy of the Joint Land Use Study Scope of Work.

Authorize opting out from Cumberland County’s Urban County Designation.

Approve Resolution No. 2016-16, recognizing Gwendolyn Little for obtaining the Girl Scout Gold Award.

Approve the annual membership renewal with the West Shore Chamber of Commerce.

Approve a request for a donation from Army Heritage Center Foundation for a golf gift certificate, excluding cart rental, for Armitage Golf Club.

Approve the Warrants Payable for the month of May 2016.

Cancel the June 7, 2016 meeting with the next regularly scheduled meeting to be held on June 30, 2016.

Bill of Rights

The PA Tax Reform Act, passed as PA Act 50, concerned itself primarily with the ability of school districts to relax their reliance on real estate tax. However, the Tax Reform Act also gave you, the taxpayer, the entitlement to receive a written explanation of your rights with regard to the audit, appeal, enforcement, refund, and collection of all local taxes. Accordingly, the Hampden Township Board of Commissioners has adopted the Hampden Township Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights. The Bill of Rights covers topics such as municipal requests of information from you, the occurrence of a suspected tax over or underpayment, and the process to be followed during a tax appeal. If you ever have any questions about your rights as a taxpayer, a copy of the Bill of Rights is available at the Township office or, if you call the staff at 761-0119, we’ll gladly mail you one — or you can download it from here on our Web site.