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Manager’s Corner

Current News – Last Revised:

September 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 August 28, 2014 Board of Commissioners Meeting, the Board took action to:

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

Schedule a Public Hearing on October 29, 2014 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 First Capital Engineering’s proposal for a time extension on the Final Subdivision and Land Development Plan for Weis Markets, Inc. until January 31, 2016 with the condition that they install a perimeter fence around the entire retaining wall on the site.

Public Works Department

At the August 28, 2014 Board of Commissioners Meeting, the Board took action to:

Authorize issuance of Intent to Award, Notice of Award, Agreement and Notice to Proceed to Signet Golf Associates for Contract No. 2014-04 Golf Course Bunker Renovations Project at Armitage Golf Club at a cost of $173,428.37, contingent upon review and approval of bonding, insurances and contract agreement by staff and Solicitor.

Authorize the purchase of up to 1,500 tons of bunker sand from Genesis Turfgrass, Inc. at a cost of $49.54 per ton through the Capital Region Council of Governments bid.  Total cost not to exceed $74,310.

Approve a proposal from Security Fence Company, lowest price of any firms providing a quote, to install a new privacy fence along the Hampden Park Public Works Maintenance Yard at a cost of $12,000.00.

Approve a proposal from Schaedler/Yesco Distribution to provide software for Process Monitoring and Control System Remote Access at the Roth Lane Treatment Plant and programming services from Gannett Fleming at a cost not to exceed $9,110.00.

Approve a proposal from Allied Roofing & Sheet Metal Inc., lowest price of any firms providing a quote, for repairs to portions of the Township Building roof at a cost of $12,430.00.

Approve a resolution accepting dedication from Hogan Development Company and the Estate of Ethel M. Noss with respect to property adjoining Valley Road, subject to approval of the Township Solicitor.

Authorize execution of Deeds of Dedication to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Transportation with respect to property adjoining Valley Road, subject to approval from the Township Solicitor.

Approve purchase of an ammonia probe and software for the ChemScan System not to exceed $10,000.00 and approve a proposal from Gannett Fleming to upgrade the SCADA process monitoring of the Roth Lane Treatment Plant not to exceed $3,700.00.

Authorize a reduction of Fulton Bank Letter of Credit No. 006013 from $121,176.00 to $101,154.00 for work completed in association with Brandywine Extension Phase 1 project subject to staff and Solicitor review.

Authorize a reduction of Fulton Bank Letter of Credit No. 006007 held as construction security for the Village of Brandywine Phase IV.  Construction has been completed and a maintenance security is in place.

Authorize a release of the Integrity Bank Letter of Credit No. 1262 held as construction security for the Silver Creek Medical Center.  Construction has been completed.

Authorize a release of Wells Fargo Letter of Credit No. IS0045085U held as construction security for the West Shore Cancer Center.  Construction has been completed.

Deny Classic Communities’, July 17, 2014, request for security reductions.  Additional documentation supporting reduction request is required.

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 $105 for a household and $75 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 @ http://www.armitagegolfclub.com 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.

 

Budget

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.

 

Miscellaneous

At the August 28, 2014 Board of Commissioners Meeting, the Board took action to:   

Ratify Resolution Nos. 14-30, 14-31, 14-32 and 14-33 for Bryce Armstrong, Stacey Armstrong, Alex Traughber, Captain John Worster, John Goho, Christopher Brody and Marty Henderson.

Accept the 2015 Minimum Municipal Obligation for the Hampden Township Non-Uniformed and Uniformed Pension Plans, as prepared by Mockenhaupt Benefits Group.

Approve Resolution No. 14-34 requiring participant contributions from uniformed employees equal to 4% of compensation, effective January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015.

Approve a final draft Billing Agreement with West Shore ALS contingent upon Township Manager and Solicitor review and approval.  Fees for services still need to be approved by the Board of Commissioners.

Accept the proposal of HRG, in the amount of $45,461.00 cost plus max, which includes the 25 items required in the proposal subject to the firm agreeing to include the scope of those items, if necessary at no additional cost.

Accept the proposal from TPD in the amount of $58,885.00 cost plus max, which includes the 25 items required in the proposal, subject to the firm agreeing to include the scope of items, if necessary at no additional cost if HRG does not confirm.

Approve a Letter of Understanding with PennDOT contingent upon final execution of the approved Professional Services Agreement for local engineering design of the traffic signal.

Approve the Creekview Road Speed Limit Study proposal.

Approve submitting two applications for the County Land Partnership Grant.  One for the Veteran’s Recognition Memorial Park and one for the walking path along Armitage Golf Club.

Approve an 8% administration fee in the 2015-2017 Solid Waste and Recycling Contract.

Approve a contract from Penn Credit Corporation for past due Per Capita Tax Collection.

Approve a request from the Information Technology Manager to declare a list of miscellaneous items as surplus.

Approve a request for donation from United Cerebral Palsy Foundation of Central PA and a request for a waiver of the Creekview North Park Pavilion rental fee from the Autism Society of Greater Harrisburg Area.

Approve a request from Adventure Fitness for EMS personnel to be present at their 5K & 1-Mile Fun Run on October 4, 2014, contingent upon staff and ambulance availability.

Approve the Warrants Payable for the month of August 2014.

Cancel the September 2, 2014 meeting with the next regularly scheduled meeting to be held on October 2, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. at Good Hope Middle School Auditorium.

Approve writing a letter in opposition of the Environmental Protection Agency’s “Waters of the United States” regulation.

Approve writing a letter in opposition of House Bill 2408 dealing with the Sunshine Law.

Reaffirm Eagle Scout Resolutions for Zachary Dundorf and Keenan McLaughlin.

Approve honoring Matt Kocsis for providing a positive image to others.

Approve writing a letter in opposition of the County’s Farmland Preservation proposal.

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.