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Manager’s Corner

Current News – Last Revised:

 

October 2, 2017

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 September 28, 2017 Board of Commissioners Meeting, the Board took action to:  

 

Approve a road closure for Bali Hai Road through October 2017.

Approve a time extension notice until May 5, 2018 from R.J. Fisher & Associates, Inc. for the Preliminary/Final Land Development Plan for West Shore Office Park, Planning Commission File # 16-05-01.

Refer a text amendment from Pinnacle Health to the Planning Commission and schedule a Public Hearing for November 30, 2017.

 

Public Works Department

At the September 28, 2017 Board of Commissioners Meeting, the Board took action to:

 

Approve Resolution 2017-38, accepting dedication of certain streets in Silver Creek development subject to an acceptable deed of dedication being approved by the Solicitor.

Approve Resolution 2017-39, accepting dedication of certain streets in Hunter’s Gate development subject to an acceptable deed of dedication being approved by the Solicitor.

Authorize a reduction in cash security from $12,373.35 to $1,650.00 for work completed in association with the McCafferty Kia project.

Authorize resurfacing of Simie Street at a cost not to exceed $17,000.00, subject to determination of right of way width.

Authorize upgrade of the Recreation Community Room kitchen at a cost not to exceed $19,205.00.

Authorize the purchase of a Vicon Spreader for the Recreation Division from Finch Services, Inc, at a cost not to exceed $5,904.45 through State Contract No. 4400011372.

Accept a proposal from Alpha Space Control Company for intersection line striping at a cost not to exceed $15,500.00 through COG Bid.

Approve payment to Matrix Design Group for the Joint Land Use Study in the amount of $47,917.30.

Approve Pay Estimate No. 2 to Pennsy Supply in the amount of $144,235.28 for the 2017 Street Resurfacing Project.

Approve Pay Estimate No. 3 in the amount of $144,920.50 to Mr. Rehab for the 2017 Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation Project.

Approve an amendment to the Mr. Rehab Agreement for the 2017 Sewer Rehabilitation Project subject to Solicitor review and approval.

Approve sealing of the walking trail bridge along the Armitage Golf Club at a cost not to exceed $5,000.00.

 

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 September 28, 2017 Board of Commissioners Meeting, the Board took action to:  

 

Approve Ordinance No. 2017-13, providing for an Earned Income Tax Credit for Active Volunteers of Hampden Township Volunteer Fire Company No. 1.

Approve Resolution No. 2017-35, establishing a Volunteer Service Credit Program.

Accept a notice of voluntary resignation from Douglas Morton, Public Works Department Maintenance Worker I, effective December 21, 2017.

Approve Mary Chase, Jacob Flenner, Max Kluger and Om Salunkhe as the 2017/2018 Hampden Township Junior Commissioners.

Approve Ordinance No. 2017-14, adopting an Intergovernmental Cooperation Agreement with Silver Spring Township for emergency services response to the Cumberland Valley School District.

Approve the lowest proposal for a five year arbitrage calculation for 2012 bonds, subject to Township Bond Counsel confirmation of study requirements.

Approve a proposal from MaherDuessel regarding Auditing Services.

Approve Resolution No. 2017-36 requiring participant contributions from uniformed employees equal to 5% of gross compensation, effective January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018.

Approve Resolution No. 2017-37 to amend and restate the Hampden Township Non-Uniformed Pension Plan.

Approve purchase of a playsystem for Creekview North Park at a cost of $51,835.00 from Bitting Recreation Co-Stars Contract # 14.

Approve Steve Shissler and Steve Stilo Sr. as nominees for the Veterans of Foreign Wars awards for Outstanding Police Officer and Outstanding Firefighter.

Approve June 30, 2018 as the event date for the 2018 Fun Food Fest and Fireworks.

Approve requests for donations for two greens fees, excluding cart rentals, to the Pink Hands of Hope silent auction and West Shore Chamber Annual Business & Industry Night.

Approve the Warrants Payable for the month of September 2017.

Cancel the October 3, 2017 meeting with the next regularly scheduled meeting to be held on November 2, 2017.

Authorize the Township Solicitor to prepare an Ordinance allowing dogs on leashes at the Veteran’s Recognition Park and the Conodoguinet Youth Park.

Authorize the Public Works Director to proceed with the Highway Occupancy Study for Srouji Park.

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.