Manager’s Corner

Current News – Last Revised:


April 30, 2018

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 April 26, 2018 Board of Commissioners Meeting, the Board took action to:  

Approve Ordinance No. 2018-06 amending the height regulations for ground pole signs.

Approve a Public Hearing to be held on June 28, 2018 for consideration of Zoning
Ordinance Map Amendment to rezone eight lots located along Saint John’s Church
Road and Trindle Road known as Tax Parcel Nos. 10-21-0277-245B, 10-21-0277-268,
10-21-0277-269, 10-21-0277-324, 10-21-0277-271, 10-21-0277-325, 10-21-0277-284, and
10-21-0277-285 from Apartment Office Limited to Commercial General.

Approve a Public Hearing to be held on June 28, 2018 for consideration of Zoning Ordinance Text Amendment to Chapter 27, Part 17, Section 1721 of the Hampden Township Code of Ordinances adding new regulations for Industrial Business Center signs.


Public Works Department

At the April 26, 2018 Board of Commissioners Meeting, the Board took action to:

Approve advertisement of the Township’s draft Chesapeake Bay Pollution Reduction Plan for the purpose of accepting public comment.

Approve a reduction of Orrstown Bank Irrevocable Letter of Credit No. 17-26 from $68,848.13 to $32,675.63 for work completed in association with the Lands of Kingsley G. and Theresa L. Sherman project located at 32 Central Boulevard.

Approve the release of Orrstown Bank Irrevocable Letter of Credit No. 17-15 in the amount of $6,113.70 for work completed in association with the Lamb’s Gap Animal Hospital project.

Approve a reduction of S&T Bank Irrevocable Letter of Credit No. SB-003910 from $225,776.65 to $205,861.82 for work completed in association with the Avery Glen project.

Approve the purchase of a shelving system from Grainger, Inc. at a cost not to exceed $7,742.94 through State Contract No. 4400016346.

Approve the purchase of a Caterpillar 289D Skid Steer from Cleveland Brothers at a cost not to exceed $16,551.00 through State Contract No. 4400011411 and declare as surplus a 2000 John Deere 270, 2008 John Deere CT332 and 1994 Case 1845C skid steer.

Authorize the acceptance and execution of a Stormwater Operation and Maintenance Agreement for the 485 Saint Johns Church Road project.

Approve a proposal from Grove Miller Engineering, Inc. for traffic signal permit review at the Good Hope Road and Creekview Road intersection.

Approve contracts with Gannett Fleming, Buchart Horn and Dawood Engineering for construction and inspection services.



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 April 26, 2018 Board of Commissioners Meeting, the Board took action to:  

Approve the Township Audit by Maher Duessel.

Approve a proposed Eagle Scout project from Ethan Schulz for the Veterans Memorial Park.

Authorize hiring of a part-time EMT and seasonal employees for the Recreation
Department and Public Works Department upon satisfactory completion of
background checks.

Ratify Resolution No. 2018-08 recognizing the retirement of Ted Rhykerd.

Approve Ordinance No. 2018-07 amending Chapter 4, Part 3 of the Township of Hampden Code of Ordinances establishing procedures and requirements for the installation of signal enhancing equipment as part of the Cumberland County Emergency Communications Network.

Ratify Resolution No. 2018-09 for the Hampden Pool Feasibility Study DCNR Grant.

Approve a proposal with GHD for Sewage Enforcement Officer services.

Approve the appointment of William Irwin to the Hampden Township Civil Service Commission.

Approve membership with the Mechanicsburg Chamber of Commerce.

Approve a request from Kick In For Kids.

Approve the 2018 contribution request from the Cleve J. Fredricksen Library.

Approve the Warrants Payable for the month of April 2018.

Cancel the May 1, 2018 meeting with the next regularly scheduled meeting to be
held on May 31, 2018.

Oppose SB653 which would require countywide Per Capita collection.


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.