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Current News – Last Revised:

 

July 28, 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 July 27, 2017 Board of Commissioners Meeting, the Board took action to:  

 

Approve a Zoning Ordinance Text Amendment to Chapter 27 to allow for a single
principal use on residential lots.

Approve a Zoning Ordinance Text Amendment to Chapter 27 to allow Medical
Marijuana Dispensaries in specified commercial zoning districts.

Approve a Zoning Ordinance Text Amendment to Chapter 27 pertaining to permitted
uses in the Residential Country and Planned Residential Development
Zoning Districts.

Approve a Zoning Ordinance Text Amendment to Chapter 27 for Adult Oriented
Businesses.

Table the Final Land Development Plan for 5130 E. Trindle Road Self Service Storage,
located at 5130 E. Trindle Road.

Approve, with conditions, the Preliminary/Final Subdivision Plan for 5020 Erb’s Bridge Road, located at 5020 Erb’s Bridge Road.

Approve, with conditions, the Preliminary/Final Subdivision Plan for Lands of Jeffrey R. and Nichole R. Burton and Avery Glen, LLC, located on Lamb’s Gap Road and Lehman Court.

Public Works Department

At the July 27, 2017 Board of Commissioners Meeting, the Board took action to:

 

Authorize the release of cash escrow for the Bretz Subdivision Plan in the amount of $303.75. All work has been completed.

Authorize the purchase of a Western 8.5′ Snow Plow from A. J.’s Truck and Trailer Center, Inc., at a cost not to exceed $4,437.00 through Co-Stars Contract No. 025-129.

Approve the purchase of SC1000 Display Module at a cost not to exceed $5,719.12 from HACH through Co-Stars No. 020-002.

Approve a proposal for a Wastewater System Inspection Report from Gannett Fleming, Inc., at a cost not to exceed $13,200.00.

Authorize issuance of the Intent to Award, Notice of Award and Notice to Proceed for the replacement of the Trindle Road-Sheely Lane traffic signal pole to C.M. High, Inc. in the amount of $19,750.00, subject to staff and Solicitor review and approval.

Ratify authorization for Pomegranate Realty Group to proceed with additional site work at 5600 Carlisle Pike conditioned upon required security and project proceeding at developer’s own risk.

Approve a stormwater waiver request for the 485 Saint John’s Church Road project.

Approve the proposal from PPL Electric Utilities for replacement of lights at Forest Acres.

Approve Change Order No. 1 to A.T.O. Excavating, Inc., for the 207 South Sporting Hill Road Demolition Project to extend project deadline to September 8, 2017.

Approve Pay Estimate No. 1 to Mr. Rehab in the amount of $440,611.00 for the 2017 Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation Project.

Approve Change Order No. 3 in the amount of -$715,885.84 and Pay Estimate No. 25-FINAL to Pennsy Supply in the amount of $529,683.82 for the 2015/2016 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 July 27, 2017 Board of Commissioners Meeting, the Board took action to:  

 

Conditionally approve, full-time, regular employment for the Public Works Stormwater Division Superintendent, William Gralski effective August 22, 2017, upon successful completion of a probationary period.

Authorize the hiring of part-time employees for the EMS Department and a seasonal employee for Armitage Golf Club upon satisfactory completion of background checks.

Ratify Resolution Nos. 2017-25, 2017-26 and 2017-27 recognizing Mimi Chase, William Fish and Harshan Sivaraju for their time served as Junior Commissioners and authorize advertisement of the 2017/2018 Junior Commissioner Program.

Approve Resolution Nos. 2017-24, 2017-28, 2017-29 and 2017-30 recognizing Michael Christopher Smith, Jackson McLaughlin, Matt McCandless and Andrew Heidelbaugh for obtaining the rank of Eagle Scout.

Approve the 2018 Budget Preparation and Adoption Schedule.

Ratify and approve declaration of surplus equipment from Township inventory.

Schedule a Public Hearing on September 28, 2017 to adopt an Ordinance for the Active Volunteer Firefighter Local Earned Income Tax Credit.

Approve an amendment to Fee Resolution No. 2016-38 relative to an EMS Medical Assist Non-Transport Fee.

Authorize issuance of the Intent to Award, Notice of Award and Notice to Proceed for the Hampden Park Play Area to Kinsley Construction in the amount of $175,649.15, with acceptance of Deduct Alternate 5 and Add Alternate 1, subject to staff and Solicitor review and approval.

Authorize purchase of a Laminated Wood Gable Shelter from Bitting Recreation in the amount of $21,600.00 through Co-Stars Contract No. 14-177246.

Approve placement of collection boxes at the Hampden Township Municipal Building and Recreation Department for the United Way’s “Day of Caring” program.

Approve requests for a donation of two greens fees, excluding cart rentals, to the Capital Region Council of Governments and Green Ridge Elementary School.

Approve the Warrants Payable for the month of July 2017.

Authorize the Solicitor to require the developer of the Hunter’s Gate development to complete all public improvements and offer streets for dedication by August 31, 2017 and if not done by that date inform the developer that the Township will complete the improvements, prepare the Deed of Dedication and confirm the sufficiency of the title at the expense of the developer.

Authorize the Solicitor to require the developer of the Silver Creek development to complete all public improvements and offer streets for dedication by August 31, 2017 and if not done by that date inform the developer that the Township will complete the improvements, prepare the Deed of Dedication and confirm the sufficiency of the title at the expense of the developer.

Authorize the Solicitor to require the developer of the Jamestown Square development to complete all public improvements by August 31, 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.