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Manager’s Corner

Current News – Last Revised:

May 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 April 30, 2015 Board of Commissioners Meeting, the Board took action to:

Approve an additional waiver for the Preliminary/Final Subdivision Plan for 3913 and 3915 Market Street.

Approve, with conditions, the Preliminary/Final Subdivision for TRAC, located at 4910 Simpson Ferry Road.

Approve, with conditions, the Final Subdivision and Land Development Plan for 5267 Simpson Ferry Road.

Approve, with conditions, the Final Minor Subdivision Plan for 5221, 5223 and 5225 Terrace Road.

Approve, with conditions, the Preliminary Subdivision Plan for Hunters Glen, located on the west side of Hunters Drive.

Refer to Planning Commission a request for a Conditional Use Hearing from the Cumberland Valley School District for the proposed school district facility at Bali Hai Road and Lamb’s Gap Road.

Refer to Planning Commission a request for a Zoning Ordinance Text Amendment by Smith/Packett amending Chapter 27, Part 903, Permitted Uses for the Office Park Zoning District of the Hampden Township Zoning Ordinance.

Refer to the Planning Commission a request for a Zoning Ordinance Text Amendment by Verizon Wireless amending Chapter 27, Part 1818 of the Hampden Township Zoning Ordinance.

Accept a request from Yingst Engineers & Associates, Inc. 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 July 30, 2015.

 

Public Works Department

At the April 30, 2015 Board of Commissioners Meeting, the Board took action to:

Authorize an amendment to Resolution No. 2014-43 which established the 2015 Fee Resolution for Street Cut Permit expenses.

Approve a letter of support for a watershed improvement project for Trindle Spring Run contingent upon staff and Solicitor review and approval.

Approve a Change Order for Spitler in the amount of $3,865.00 for modifications to an ambulance chassis.

Authorize advertisement of bid specifications for the 2015 I/I sewer rehabilitation project.

Authorize advertisement of bid specifications for removal of biosolids from the Wastewater Treatment Facility.

Authorize advertisement for a Traffic Signal Maintenance Contract.

Approve Buchart Horn’s proposal to prepare bid specifications and authorize advertisement for improvements to the walking trail along Armitage Golf Club.

 

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 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 April 30, 2015 Board of Commissioners Meeting, the Board took action to:   

Authorize issuance of Notice of Award, Agreement and Notice to Proceed to All Type Roofing for Contract No. 2015-03 for replacement of the roof at Sporting Hill Station at a cost of $163,250.00, contingent upon review and approval of bonding, insurances and contract agreement by staff and Solicitor.

Approve a proposal from Buchart Horn to provide Periodic Construction Monitoring Services for the Township.

Enact Ordinance No. 2015-07 authorizing and approving, inter alia, the acceptance of a loan commitment from F&M Trust and the issuance by the Township of a General Obligation Note, Series of 2015 in a principal amount not to exceed $10,000,000 for the purpose of funding road resurfacing, storm drain repairs, other related roadway improvements, and the purchase of roadway maintenance equipment.

Appoint Bobbye Gregory to the Planning Commission with a term to expire December 31, 2015.

Approve a Letter of Agreement with the Hampden Township Police Association Collective Bargaining Unit with regards to Police Department reorganization contingent upon Hampden Township Police Association execution and authorize amendments to the Civil Service Rules and Regulations.

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

Adopt Resolution No. 2015-12, updating the Cumberland County 2014 Hazard Mitigation Plan.

Approve the amended Hampden Township Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure Control Plan.

Ratify Resolution No. 2015-10, recognizing the Hampden Youth Baseball Association for serving the youth of our community in such a positive manner.

Approve Resolution No. 2015-13, recognizing Heather L. Furlong for obtaining the Girl Scout Gold Award.

Ratify disposition of Township property consisting of used cellphones.

Approve a donation of $5,000.00 to Fredricksen Library contingent upon the continued drop box service and outreach reading programs being offered at a Hampden site.

Approve requests for donations from Eagle View Middle School and Middlesex Elementary School and a request for a waiver of rental fees for Township facilities from the Cumberland Valley Football Alumni Association.

Approve the Warrants Payable for the month of April 2015.

Cancel the May 5, 2015 meeting with the next regularly scheduled meeting to be held on May 28, 2015.

Approve a letter of support for a grant funding application from Phillips Associates.

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.