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February 10, 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 February 2, 2017 Board of Commissioners Meeting, the Board took action to:  

 

Approve, with conditions, the Final Land Development Plan for Kingsley G. & Theresa L. Sherman, located at 32 Central Boulevard.

Approve, with conditions, the Final Land Development Subdivision Plan for Hampden Greene, located on the north side of Valley Road.

Approve, with conditions, the Final Land Development Plan for Cumberland Valley Foot & Ankle, located at 5148 East Trindle Road.

Table the Final Land Development Plan for 1810 Lamb’s Gap Road, located at 1810 Lamb’s Gap Road.

Accept a request for a time extension until March 31, 2018 from J. Michael Brill & Associates, Inc. for La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries at 6390 Carlisle Pike in order to meet conditions of approval.

Public Works Department

At the February 2, 2017 Board of Commissioners Meeting, the Board took action to:

Authorize participation in the Provident Energy fossil fuel procurement program for the 2017-2018 contract period contingent upon Township Solicitor review and approval.

Authorize release of Fulton Bank Standby Letter of Credit No. D006008 in the amount of $51,747.00 for work completed in association with the Quigley Estates Project.

Authorize the purchase and installation of two (2) Trane HVAC Units for the restaurant at Armitage from Trane U.S. Inc. at a cost not to exceed $25,000 through Co-Stars contract No. 008-274.

Authorize the purchase of a Snow Ex 8500 V-Box from A. J.’s Truck and Trailer at a cost not to exceed $6,695.00 through Co-Stars Contract No. 025-129.

Authorize the purchase of a 2017 Ford Transit Van T-250 from Hondru Fleet at a cost not to exceed $28,701.00 through Co-Stars Contract No. 25-006.

Authorize the purchase of a 2017 Ram 3500 Tradesman 4×4 Crew Cab from Hondru Fleet at a cost not to exceed $33,966.00 through Co-Stars Contract No. 25-201.

Authorize the purchase of a 2017 Ram 5500 Chassis Cab Tradesman 4×4 from Hondru Fleet at a cost not to exceed $46,406.00 through Co-Stars Contract No. 25-
201.

Authorize the purchase of a nine-foot aluminum dump body with central hydraulics and nine-foot western snow plow from Lancaster Truck Body at a cost not to exceed $32,925.00 through Co-Stars Contract No. 25-206.

Authorize the purchase of two 2017 Ford Police Interceptor Utility 4x4s from Hondru Fleet at a cost not to exceed $59,634.00 through Co-Stars Contract No. 13-
003.

Authorize the upfitting of two patrol vehicles from Mannion Enterprises at a cost not to exceed $21,504.00 through Co-Stars Contract No. 335409.

Authorize the purchase of one 800 mghz mobile radio from Harris Corporation at a cost not to exceed $8,356.40 through Co-Stars Contract No. 4400005698.

Authorize the purchase of a 2017 Ram 4500 Chassis Cab Tradesman 4×2 from Hondru Fleet at a cost not to exceed $43,539.00 through Co-Stars Contract No. 25-
201.

Authorize the remount of a 2007 PL Body to a 2017 Ram 4500 from Spitler/PL Custom at a cost not to exceed $144,208.00 through Co-Stars Contract No. 13-079.

Authorize the purchase of a PDL pipe and cable locator from Eastcom Associates, Inc., at a cost not to exceed $7,700.00.

Authorize the purchase of a Toro 328-D Groundsmaster with 72″ Recycler Mower Deck from Turf Equipment and Supply Company at a cost not to exceed
$19,075.83 through Co-Stars Contract No. 4400013056 and declare as surplus a 2000 328 Toro mower.

Authorize the purchase of an under-carriage wash system from Enzo’s Cleaning Solutions, LLC., at a cost not to exceed $2,400.00 through Co-Stars Contract No. 0000504740.

Authorize the purchase of a 4500P Ventrac Tractor with MJ840 Contour Mower from Lawn and Golf Supply Company, Inc., at a cost not to exceed $26,887.76 through Co-Stars Contract No. 4400011404 and declare as surplus 1999 National Mower.

Authorize the purchase an Envirosight Push Camera from A & H Equipment at a cost not to exceed $8,582.00 through Co-Stars Contract No. 025-044

Authorize the execution of the INet Renewal Agreement – Industrial Scientific Corporation.

Reaffirm the emergency replacement of the traffic signal pole at the intersection of Trindle Road and Sheely Lane by Pennsylvania PERCS at a cost not to exceed $13,211.48 and authorize advertisement of bids to replace the traffic signal pole.

Authorize the acceptance and execution of a street lighting agreement for The Meadows at Lamb’s Gap.

Approve Resolution No. 2017-04 amending the Township’s Sewage Facilities Plan to account for 23 new EDUs associated with the proposed 5600 Carlisle Pike Project.

Conditionally approve a Land Development Agreement Amendment for Charter Homes at The Preserve Phases One through Five and authorize the release of the existing performance securities for Phases One through Five of The Preserve, as a signed security has been provided in the amount of $55,221.46 for all phases.

Authorize release of Orrstown Bank Letter of Credit No. 15-17 in the amount of $128,658.05 held for the Trindle Square Project. The Developer has no intention to move forward with the remaining portion of the Project at this time.

Authorize advertisement of bid specifications of a floor sealing project at the Good Hope Station.

Authorize the advertisement of bids for the 2017 Street Resurfacing Project.

Authorize Gannett Fleming to assist with preparation of a grant application for reconstruction of Simie Street using pervious paving.

 

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 February 2, 2017 Board of Commissioners Meeting, the Board took action to:  

Accept a notice of retirement from Steven Shissler, Police Lieutenant, effective
August 29, 2017 and task the Civil Service Commission with developing an eligibility list to fill the vacancy.

Accept a notice of retirement from Mark D. Anderson, Codes Enforcement Officer,
effective April 28, 2017 and authorize advertisement to fill the vacancy.

Conditionally approve, full time, regular employment for Public Works Wastewater
Utility Worker I, Robert Travitz, effective February 15, 2017, contingent upon
obtaining his PA Commercial Driver’s License and successful completion of the
remaining probationary period.

Approve a request from Cumberland Valley School District for a detour along Bali Hai Road.

Notify Republic Services of the Township’s desire to extend the current residential Solid Waste and Recycling Contract No. 2014-05 through December 31, 2019 in accordance with the terms and provisions of the current agreement.

Approve a Professional Services Contract for the July 8, 2017 Fireworks display
with American Fireworks in the amount of $8,250.00.

Extend the term of Contract No. 90-08-03-26, Swimming Pool Concession Stand
with Tony’s Concessions, from April 1, 2017 through March 31, 2018.

Approve a request from the Hampden Aquatic Club for home swim meets to be held on
July 1, July 15 and July 25.

Approve requests for the waiver of Community Room rental fees from
Toastmasters, Four Diamonds Cumberland Valley MiniTHON and Stop Hunger
Now organizations.

Approve a request for a donation of two greens fees, excluding cart rentals, to Silver
Spring Elementary School.

Approve an Enterprise Agreement for GIS Software.

Approve the Warrants Payable for the month of January 2017.

Cancel the February 7, 2017 meeting with the next regularly scheduled meeting to
be held on March 2, 2017.

 

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.