Manager’s Corner

Current News – Last Revised:

August 12, 2014

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 July 31, 2014 Board of Commissioners Meeting, the Board took action to:

Approve with conditions, a Preliminary/Final Subdivision Plan for Avery Glen Subdivision, located at 2215 and 2245 Lamb’s Gap Road.

Table a Preliminary/Final Land Development Plan for Wendy’s, located at 6110 Carlisle Pike.

Approve with conditions a Preliminary/Final Land Development Plan for AT&T Naval Support Site, located at 5160 E. Trindle Road.

Refer to Planning Commission a request for consideration for a Zoning Ordinance Map Amendment by Keys-Pealers, LTD (Pealer’s Flowers) and other property owners amending Chapter 27 of the Hampden Township Zoning Ordinance.

Approve Madden Engineering Services proposal to table the Jamestown Square Land Development Plan until further notice and approve a time limit extension on the plan until December 31, 2014.

Public Works Department

At the July 31, 2014 Board of Commissioners Meeting, the Board took action to:

Declare as surplus a ladder truck chassis and authorize participation in a municipal auction to list the chassis for sale.

Authorize advertisement of bids for the 2014/2015 Sanitary Sewer Infiltration and Inflow repair project.

Approve the PennDOT Renewal Letter for Municipal Snow Removal Services.

Approve release of Fulton Bank Letter of Credit No. D006007  in the amount of $40,472.00 currently held as construction security for the Village of Brandywine Land Development.  All work is complete and a maintenance security has been established.

Authorize reduction of Fulton Bank Letter of Credit No. 006013 subject to staff and Solicitor review for work completed in association with the Brandywine Extension Phase I.

Execute a Memorandum of Understanding with the Cumberland County Conservation District regarding construction site Erosion and Sediment Control oversight.

Accept a proposal from Doug Lamb Construction, Inc. to install two (2) ADA curb ramps at the intersection of Alberta and Kent Drive at a cost not to exceed $5,250.00.

Authorize purchase of a 2014 Ford F-150 from Hondru Ford, Co-Stars Contract 25-006, at cost of $25,444.19 for use by the Wastewater Division.

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 $100 for a household and $70 for an individual. The fee provides unlimited emergency calls for residents. The Township also partially funds operational expenses.

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.

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 $225.00 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 July 31, 2014 Board of Commissioners Meeting, the Board took action to:   

Ratify Resolutions recognizing the service of the Junior Commissioners.

Ratify Resolution No. 14-28 recognizing Robert Campbell, Paul Rundle and William Toth for their life saving efforts.

Approve Resolution No. 14-29 recognizing Zachary Dundorf for obtaining the rank of Eagle Scout.

Authorize advertisement of the 2014/2015 Junior Commissioner Program.

Ratify an approved list of surplus Township equipment.

Authorize an adjustment to the 2014 approved paving expense previously awarded to Pennsy Supply in an amount not to exceed $30,000.00.  Total project cost not to exceed $1,704,000.00.

Approve the 2015 Budget Preparation and Adoption Schedule.

Approve an agreement with Reager and Adler for Title search and Title Insurance of the property proposed for dedication to the Township by ARP Wertzville.

Approve the purchase of a light package for a police Ford Interceptor from Mannion Enterprises at a cost of $3,619.00.

Approve acquisition and use of E-Citation Software and hardware along with a User Agreement with Pennsylvania State Police at a cost of $5,889.72.

Approve advertisement of bids for the residential Solid Waste and Recycling Collection Services.

Approve evaluating the potential to work with the Capital Region Council of Governments on a Solid Waste and Recycling Collection Services Contract.

Discussed a Creekview Road Speed Limit Study proposal.

Approved an agreement with CGI Communications proposal.

Authorized the advertisement of bids for past due collections of Per Capita Tax payments.

Approve a request for a waiver of Community Room rental fee from Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay.

Approve the Warrants Payable for the month of July 2014.

Cancel the August 5, 2014 meeting with the next regularly scheduled meeting to be held on August 28, 2014.

Approve sending PennDOT a letter requesting a need to conduct a traffic study on their roads on the West Shore.

Conditionally approve a new lease with West Shore ALS for use of Good Hope Station with a monthly rent of $700.00.

Approve Secureview 3 Software from Susteen Inc. at a cost of $1,995.00.

As a reminder, if you belong to a club or civic association which desires to participate in the Township’s Adopt-A-Highway Program, please click here to obtain the details about the program and complete an application.

Please remember that trees must be trimmed to a height of 8 feet above all sidewalks and 12-1/2 feet above all streets. The sole purpose of this ordinance is for the safety of pedestrians and larger vehicles which must navigate our streets, particularly emergency services vehicles and street sweepers.

We would like to remind everyone that, if you have a fire hydrant on your property, welcomed or not, it is the property owner’s responsibility to maintain the area surrounding the fire hydrant to keep it clear of all obstruction. This includes grass, weeds and, unfortunately, snow. We appreciate your cooperation and hope that you realize the work that you put in greatly enhances your safety and that of your neighbors.

Please be aware of the requirement to have your dog licensed annually. Dog licenses can be purchased at the Hampden Township Municipal Building. Please see our receptionist to complete an application and obtain a license.

Meals on Wheels is a charitable organization that helps many residents within the Township and the Commissioners have agreed to proportionately support this program in order to assist our needy, less-fortunate neighbors.  The “Meals on Wheels” program needs drivers on the West Shore. For more information or to volunteer for this worthwhile community service, please call Tony Toter at 766-2623.


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.