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Manager’s Corner

Current News – Last Revised:

March 6, 2015

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 February 26, 2015 Board of Commissioners Meeting, the Board took action to:

Approve Ordinance No. 15-05, a Zoning Text Amendment to Hampden Township Zoning Ordinance Chapter 27, Part 2, Section 203, adding a new definition for Contractors’/Lawn and Garden Equipment Sales and Service, and Part 14, Section 1404 as Subsequently Amended, Permitting Contractors’/Lawn and Garden Equipment Sales and Services in the C-PL, Commercial-Park Limited District and Part 19 Section 1914, as subsequently amended, establishing additional standards and criteria for Contractors’/Lawn and Garden Equipment Sales and Service.

Approve the Conditional Use Application from Chris Land, LLC located at 4417 Valley Road permitting Contractors’/Lawn and Garden Equipment Sales and Service.

Accept Yingst Engineers & Associates, Inc. proposal to table the Preliminary/Final Land Development Plan for Islamic Center of PA until further notice and approve a time limit extension on the plan until April 30, 2015.

Accept H. Edward Black and Associates, Ltd. proposal to table the Preliminary/Final Subdivision Plan for Cumberland Tech Park until further notice and approve a time limit extension on the plan until July 20, 2015.

Accept Classic Communities’ proposal to table the Final Land Development Plan for Jamestown Square Development plan until further notice and approve a time limit extension on the plan until June 30, 2015.

Accept H. Edward Black and Associates, Ltd. proposal to accept a recording deadline extension on the Preliminary/Final Land Development and Subdivision Plan for Anytime Fitness until July 2, 2016.

 

Public Works Department

At the February, 2015 Board of Commissioners Meeting, the Board took action to:

Adopt Ordinance No. 15-04, an ordinance amending Chapter 15, Part 2, Section 201 of the Hampden Township Code of Ordinances by establishing speed limits on portions of Creekview Road.

Authorize advertisement of the 2015/2016 Road Resurfacing Project.

Approve the purchase of a 2015 Jeep Patriot from Hondru Fleet, at a cost of $20,362.37, through Co-Stars Contract #26-069.

Approve the purchase of a 2015 Dodge Ram 3500 from Hondru Fleet, at a cost of $29,152.65, through Co-Stars Contract #25-201, a Thriman Tail Gate and a 8.5 Western Pro Plus Snow Plow at a cost of $7,563.90, through Co-Stars Contract #25-129.

Approve the purchase of a Vactor Truck from A&H Equipment at a cost of $405,716.00, through Co-Stars Contract #25-044.

Authorize advertisement of bids for replacement of the roof at the Sporting Hill Station.

Authorize reduction of M&T Bank Letter of Credit No. 9946435505-8235 from $1,695,910.14 to $169,591.00 for site work completed in association with the West Shore Hospital land development project.

Authorize reduction of Integrity Bank Letter of Credit No. 1266 from $106,809.00 to $29,869.23 for site work completed in association with the Whitetail Crossing land development project.

Authorize reduction of Fulton Bank Letter of Credit No. 06536 from $1,156,223.75 to $884,634.70 for site work completed in association with the Brandywine Extension land development project.

Directed staff and Township Solicitor to prepare draft documents for dedication of Township-owned stormwater facilities to the Sewer Authority.

 

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.

The greenside bunker renovation is underway at Armitage.  The project is scheduled for completion by the end of the year.  The bunkers will look great in the Spring of 2015 so 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 February 26, 2015 Board of Commissioners Meeting, the Board took action to:   

Authorize advertisement of bids for Police Department issued uniforms.

Approve the purchase of 28 Glock side arms and holsters from Atlantic Tactical Co-Stars Contract #012-003 in the amount of $14,063.44.

Declare a list of Township provided duty weapons as surplus and authorize advertisement of bids to sell the weapons and conclude the sale at the discretion of the Township Manager.

Authorize the purchase of three VTAC radio units from Harris Corporation in the amount of $24,942.90, Contract #4400005698.

Authorize revisions to the Police Department Organizational Chart subject to final approval by the Collective Bargaining Unit and Board of Commissioners.

Conditionally appoint Michael McIntyre to the position of Patrolman effective July 13, 2015, serving a one-year, probationary period, and 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. Michael McIntyre has been certified to the December 11, 2014 Eligibility List by the Hampden Township Civil Service Commission. The conditional appointment is contingent upon satisfactory completion of a polygraph, physical and psychological medical examinations to be conducted by vendors of the Township’s choosing, and the required MPOETC course and test in order to be certified in Pennsylvania, as applicable. 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.

Approve full time, regular employment for Maintenance Worker I, Nicholas Spiewak effective March 2, 2015, after successful completion of a probationary period.

Approve full time, regular employment for Recreation Services Clerk, Kimberly Winemiller effective March 19, 2015, after successful completion of a probationary period.

Authorize the hiring of seasonal employees for the Public Works, Armitage Pro Shop and Recreation Department upon satisfactory completion of a background check.

Approve an Addendum to the Service Agreement with LifeQuest Services for the sole purpose of adding third party EMS billing collection services on past due accounts.

Conditionally approve contracting the service of American Fireworks Company for an amount not to exceed $10,000.00 contingent upon Township Manager, Solicitor and Insurance Broker’s review and approval and confirmation from American Fireworks Company that all fireworks will be fully visible from Hampden Park and Pool Complex.

Approve requests for donations from Green Ridge Elementary School, Monroe Elementary School, Cumberland Valley Ice Hockey Club, Outbound, Autism Society of Greater Harrisburg and Navy Supply Corps Foundation and a request for a waiver of rental fees for Township facilities from The Animal House Rescue.

Approve the Warrants Payable for the month of February 2015.

Cancel the March 3, 2015 meeting with the next regularly scheduled meeting to be held on April 2, 2015.

Authorize a letter of support for Senate Bill 501.

Approve Resolution No. 2015-09 in support of Senate Bill 535 and House Bill 71 which would enable all municipal police to use the same motor vehicle speed-timing equipment as the Pennsylvania State Police – as well as to support Senate Bill 559 which would allow certain municipalities with full-time police departments and full-time police to use Radar and LIDAR speed timing equipment.

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.

 

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.