Manager’s Corner

Current News – Last Revised:


January 4, 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 January 2, 2018 Board of Commissioners Meeting, the Board took action to:  

Approve sending the proposed new Municipal Building Land Development Plan to the Planning Commission for their review and approval.

Approve sending to Planning Commission a request for a Zoning Ordinance Map Amendment by RVG Management & Development Co. to rezone two lots located at 6000 Creekview Road known as Tax Parcel Nos. 10-16-1062-272 and 10-18-1321-001 (the “Property”) along with the properties on the north side of the Conodoguinet Creek that abut the Property.

Accept a request for a recording extension until August 2, 2018 from Herbert, Rowland & Grubic, Inc. for the Final Subdivision and Land Development Plan for Hampden Greene, Planning Commission File # 17-01-01, in order to meet conditions of approval subject to the applicable fee.

Approve a waiver of Section 303 of the Stormwater Management Ordinance for RMJ Holding Property, 4030 Mountainview Road, for volume controls.



Public Works Department

At the January 2, 2018 Board of Commissioners Meeting, the Board took action to:

Approve Change Order No. 1 and Pay Estimate No. 1-Final to Doug Lamb Construction in the amount of $88,172.82 for the Veteran’s Memorial Park Phase 2A Project.

Approve Final Pay Estimate to Pennsy Supply for the 2017 Road Resurfacing Project and final payment in the amount of $6,002.22.

Approve Pay Estimate No. 6 to Mr. Rehab in the amount of $156,423.50 for the 2017 Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation Project.

Accept Gannett Fleming proposal for SCADA software security improvements at the Wastewater Treatment Plant at a cost not to exceed $29,000.00.

Approve release of the infrastructure escrow established for the Preliminary/Final Subdivision Plan -Lands of Jeffrey R. and Nicole R. Burton and Avery Glen, LLC in the amount of $1,975.00; project is complete.

Approve a proposal from H. L. Bowman in the amount not to exceed $8,814.00 and purchase of materials at a cost not to exceed $2,750.00 for installation of internal duct work associated with the Caddy Shack HVAC improvement project.

Approve the purchase of a KC180 Ventrac Stump Grinder Attachment from Lawn and Golf Supply Co., Inc., at a cost not to exceed $2,837.50 under State Contract No. 4400011404.

Approve execution of a contract with Cumberland Valley Rental for Public Works Department uniforms subject to Township Solicitor review and approval.

Authorize participation in the Provident Energy fossil fuel procurement program for the 2018-2019 contract period contingent upon Township Solicitor review and approval.

Accept a proposal from Pennsylvania PERCS, Inc., for the traffic signal pole replacement at the intersection of Creekview and Lamb’s Gap Roads at a cost not to exceed $9,979.06.



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 January 2, 2018 Board of Commissioners Meeting, the Board took action to:  

Appoint Al Bienstock to the Office of President of the Hampden Township Board of Commissioners.

Appoint John V. Thomas to the Office of Vice President of the Hampden Township Board of Commissioners.

Appoint Nathan Silcox to the Office of Assistant Secretary of the Hampden Township Board of Commissioners.

Appoint Keith B. Metts as the Township Manager/Secretary.

Appoint Keith O. Brenneman, Law Office of Keith O. Brenneman, P.C., as the Township Solicitor.

Appoint Jennifer Caron, Eckert Seamans, as the Township Bond Counsel.

Reappoint Kathy Pape to the Industrial Development Authority with a term to expire December 31, 2022.

Reappoint Patrick Sullivan to the Sewer Authority with a term to expire December 31, 2022.



Approve conditional appointment of Robert Travitz to the position of Wastewater Utility Worker II, Public Works Department, Grade 5, to serve a six month probationary period effective January 3, 2018 and authorize advertisement to fill a Wastewater Utility Worker I position.

Approve certification for the Active Duty Hampden Township Volunteer Firefighter Tax Credit.

Ratify Resolution No. 2018-01 recognizing the retirement of Charlie Hargraves, NSA Mechanicsburg Site Manager.

Ratify amendments to ‘Appendix C’ of the Hampden Township Policies and Procedures Manual for Drug and Alcohol Testing contingent upon labor council review and approval.

Approve Ordinance No. 2018-01, amending the Township of Hampden Code of Ordinances with respect to legal services fees and Tax Collector Fees.

Approve extending the term of Contract No. 90-08-03-26, Swimming Pool Concession Stand, from April 1, 2018 through March 31, 2019.

Approve an amendment to Fee Resolution No. 2017-42 relative to the Uniform Construction Code permit fee amount in the Commonwealth.

Approve a Professional Services Contract for the June 30, 2018 Fireworks display with American Fireworks in the amount of $8,250.00.

Approve PSATS Membership for 2018.

Approve the establishment of a Social Media Policy.

Approve a request for a waiver of Good Hope Station Community Room rental fees from the National Wild Turkey Federation and a request for a waiver of the Recreation Building Community Room rental fees for the Shamrock Shuffle 5K.

Approve the Warrants Payable for the month of December 2017.

Approve sending a letter of opposition to Senator Regan and Representative Rothman regarding Senate Bill 653, consolidated collection of local income taxes.

Approve Resolution No. 2018-02, accepting dedication of certain streets in Hunter’s Gate development subject to an acceptable deed of dedication being approved by the Township Solicitor.


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.