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Manager’s Corner

Current News – Last Revised:

April 13, 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 April 2, 2015 Board of Commissioners Meeting, the Board took action to:

Approve the Conditional Use Decision for Chris Land, LLC.

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 June 30, 2015.

Accept Hanover Engineering Associates, Inc. proposal to approve a recording extension on The Oaks Phase 1 Final Land Development and Subdivision Plan until September 30, 2015.

Table the Preliminary/Final Subdivision Plan for TRAC, located at 4910 Simpson Ferry Road.

Approve, with conditions, the Preliminary/Final Subdivision Plan for 3913 and 3915 Market Street, located at 3913 and 3915 Market Street.

 

Public Works Department

At the April 2, 2015 Board of Commissioners Meeting, the Board took action to:

Reject Contract No. 2015-01 for the Caddy Shack HVAC Upgrades and authorize staff to advertise revised bid specifications.

Authorize release of Susquehanna Bank Cash Financial Security for site work completed in association with Susquehanna Bank at Hampden Marketplace.

Approve the purchase of an EXMARK Lazer z series, striper kit and bagger through Kerry’s Lawn and Garden Equipment Center, Co-Stars Contract # 4400011382, not to exceed $12,137.00.

Authorize participation with Capital Region Council of Governments Chesapeake Bay Pollution Reduction Plan services not to exceed $10,000.00 subject to Solicitor and Stormwater Authority approval.

Authorize advertisement of bid specifications for a TV Truck.

 

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 April 2, 2015 Board of Commissioners Meeting, the Board took action to:   

Approve full time, regular employment for Wastewater Utility Worker I, William Pierce effective April 6, 2015, after successful completion of a probationary period.

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

Accept the voluntary resignation of Karen Christie as Hampden Township’s Fredricksen Library Representative.

Approve a Per Diem Policy for Township employees attending professional development conferences.

Approve a Special Events Policy for activities which may impact roadways in Hampden Township.

Authorize issuance of Notice of Award, Agreement and Notice to Proceed to Red the Uniform Tailor, Inc. for Contract No. 2015-02 for Police Uniform Purchases at a cost of $27,516.00, contingent upon review and approval of bonding, insurances and contract agreement by staff and Solicitor.

Approve a Letter of Funding Commitment for a DCNR Grant application.

Ratify Resolution No. 15-10, recognizing Justin Kohr for his service to the Hampden Township Volunteer Fire Company and his country.

Schedule a Public Hearing on May 28, 2015 for adoption of the Township’s Comprehensive Plan.

Schedule a Public Hearing on June 2, 2015 for adoption of the Mixed Use Overlay Zoning District Ordinances.

Authorize advertisement of a Zoning Ordinance text amendment for the purpose of regulating donation bins.

Approve Ordinance No. 2015-06, an ordinance amending Chapter 27 and Chapter 8 of the Hampden Township Code of Ordinances to eliminate the Plan Review Board.

Approve YMCA’s request for permission to conduct a special event along Fallowfield Road on Sunday, June 14, 2015 for Splash and Dash event contingent upon meeting the terms of the Township’s Special Events Policy.

Approve requests for donations from Trinity High School and a request for a waiver of rental fees for Township facilities from The Central Association of Township Commissioners and Cumberland Valley High School Life Skills Program.

Approve the Warrants Payable for the month of March 2015.

Cancel the April 7, 2015 meeting with the next regularly scheduled meeting to be held on April 30, 2015.

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.