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July 5, 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 June 28, 2018 Board of Commissioners Meeting, the Board took action to:  

Approve 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 adjacent parcels on the southeastern side of 581/Creekview Road Interchange.

Approve a request from Cumberland Valley School District to vacate a portion of Bali Hai Road.

Approve a 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.

Continue a request from C&G Squadron, LLC regarding a Zoning Ordinance Map Amendment for 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 the Preliminary/Final Subdivision Plan for 4270 and 4264 Wertzville Road.

Public Works Department

At the June 28, 2018 Board of Commissioners Meeting, the Board took action to:

Approve the 2018 MS4 Pollutant Reduction Plan and authorize execution of Township MS4 renewal application.

Authorize release of infrastructure escrow associated with the Cumberland Valley Foot and Ankle project.

Authorize the release of Mid Penn Bank Letter of Credit No. 675 in the amount of $14,027.59 for work completed in association with The Woods at Creekview project.

Approve a reduction in Wells Fargo Bank Irrevocable Letter of Credit No. IS00000323U from $1,749,000.00 to $1,014,403.53 for work completed in association with the 485 St. John’s Church Road project.

Approve a PA American Water Company main extension across Orr’s Bridge Road to serve residents along Stone Spring Lane.

Approve issuance of a Request for Professional Services for the maintenance of traffic control systems.

Approve Amendment No. 3 to Agreement with Mr. Rehab, Inc. and Pay Estimate No. 7 – Final in the amount of $18,400.00 associated with the 2017 Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation Project.

Approve Pay Estimate No. 1 in the amount of $39,886.20 to Kinsley Construction, Inc., for work associated with the 2018 Street Resurfacing Project.

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 @ 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 $750.00 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 June 28, 2018 Board of Commissioners Meeting, the Board took action to:  

Approve, full-time, regular employment for Wastewater Utility Worker II, Robert Travitz, effective July 3, 2018, as a result of successful completion of a probationary period.

Accept the voluntary resignation of Patrol Officers Derek Day effective June 17, 2018 and David Shaffer effective July 13, 2018.

Accept the voluntary resignation of Scott Zook, Golf Maintenance Foreman, effective July 3, 2018 and authorize advertisement to fill the position.

Conditionally appoint Ernest Jenkins to serve a one-year, probationary period of employment in accordance with the terms and conditions set forth in the Hampden Township Police Association Collective Bargaining Agreement and the Policies and Procedures Manual, as applicable, who has been certified to the June 26, 2018 Eligibility List by the Hampden Township Civil Service Commission effective, August 1, 2018, at the hourly rate in effect at that time. The conditional appointment is contingent upon satisfactory polygraph; physical and psychological medical examinations to be conducted by WorkNet and Dr. Louis B. Laguna respectively. Except as otherwise provided in the collective bargaining agreement, nothing in this conditional appointment shall create a contract of employment for any period of time.

Conditionally appoint Jonathan Dudek to serve a one-year, probationary period of employment in accordance with the terms and conditions set forth in the Hampden Township Police Association Collective Bargaining Agreement and the Policies and Procedures Manual, as applicable, who has been certified to the June 26, 2018 Eligibility List by the Hampden Township Civil Service Commission effective, August 1, 2018, at the hourly rate in effect at that time. The conditional appointment is contingent upon satisfactory polygraph; physical and psychological medical examinations to be conducted by WorkNet and Dr. Louis B. Laguna respectively. Except as otherwise provided in the collective bargaining agreement, nothing in this conditional appointment shall create a contract of employment for any period of time.

Conditionally appoint Bradley Corliss to serve a one-year, probationary period of employment in accordance with the terms and conditions set forth in the Hampden Township Police Association Collective Bargaining Agreement and the Policies and Procedures Manual, as applicable, who has been certified to the June 26, 2018 Eligibility List by the Hampden Township Civil Service Commission effective, August 1, 2018, at the hourly rate in effect at that time. The conditional appointment is contingent upon satisfactory polygraph; physical and psychological medical examinations to be conducted by WorkNet and Dr. Louis B. Laguna respectively. Except as otherwise provided in the collective bargaining agreement, nothing in this conditional appointment shall create a contract of employment for any period of time.

Conditionally appoint Coleen Redifer to serve a one-year, probationary period of employment in accordance with the terms and conditions set forth in the Hampden Township Police Association Collective Bargaining Agreement and the Policies and Procedures Manual, as applicable, who has been certified to the June 26, 2018 Eligibility List by the Hampden Township Civil Service Commission effective, August 1, 2018, at the hourly rate in effect at that time. The conditional appointment is contingent upon satisfactory polygraph; physical and psychological medical examinations to be conducted by WorkNet and Dr. Louis B. Laguna respectively. Except as otherwise provided in the collective bargaining agreement, nothing in this conditional appointment shall create a contract of employment for any period of time.

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

Accept the voluntary resignation of Edric Fetter from the Hampden Township Planning Commission and appoint Justin Leventry to fill the vacancy. Appoint Gary Myers to fill the vacancy of alternate Planning Commission member.

Authorize advertisement of bid specifications for a power load stretcher for Hampden EMS.

Authorize a 39 month lease agreement with DeLage Laden Financial Services for two Konica Bizhub copiers from Capital Business Systems, Co-Stars Vendor, in the amount of $2,769.00 each, contingent upon Solicitor review and approval of lease terms.

Authorize the purchase of a PrimeTime 2-Bay Swing Set with Expression Swings from Gametime at a cost not to exceed $9,086.61 through Co-Stars Contract No. 014-005.

Authorize the purchase of two bottle filling water fountains from General Recreation, Inc., Co-Stars Vendor #071, at a cost of $6,007.60.

Approve a request from Hampden Youth Baseball to construct a press box.

Authorize the Township Solicitor to prepare and advertise a proposed addition to Chapter 10, Health and Safety, of the Hampden Township Code of Ordinances.

Approve submission of an application for the Multimodal Transportation Fund Grant Program.

Approve an Adopt-A-Highway agreement with Our Lady of Lourdes Knights for Golfview Road and Beech Run Road.

Approve the Warrants Payable for the month of June 2018.

Cancel the July 3, 2018 meeting with the next regularly scheduled meeting to be held on August 2, 2018.

Approve a letter of support in reference to billing practices for EMS Non-Transport Fees.
Approve a Memorandum of Understanding with the Alliance for Chesapeake Bay for planting trees at Srouji Park.

Approve an Engagement Letter with Kelly, Parker & Cohen LLP as legal counsel for the Township.

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.