Manager’s Corner

Current News – Last Revised:

September 8, 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 August 27, 2015 Board of Commissioners Meeting, the Board took action to:

Approve Ordinance 15-12 approving the Text Amendment request by Smith/Packett allowing Memory Care Services, Personal Care Homes and Senior Living Facilities as Permitted Uses in the Office Park Zoning District.

Approve, with conditions, a Preliminary/Final Land Development Plan for Islamic Center of PA, located at 5138 East Trindle Road.

Accept H. Edward Black and Associates, Ltd. proposal to table the Preliminary/Final Subdivision Plan for Cumberland Tech Park/Harbilas Property until further notice and approve a time limit extension on the plan until January 16, 2016.

Reschedule a public hearing for a Zoning Ordinance Map Amendment by Co-Trustees of the V. David Thompson Disclaimer Trust and other property owners amending Chapter 27 of the Hampden Township Zoning Ordinance. Public Hearing to be held October 27, 2015.

Approve sending to Planning Commisison a request for a Text Amendment to allow Breweries and Microbreweries and other brewing establishments as Permitted Uses in the Commercial Limited Zoning District.


Public Works Department

At the August 27, 2015 Board of Commissioners Meeting, the Board took action to:

Authorize issuance of Notice of Award, Agreement and Notice to Proceed to RA Hill Construction for Contract No. 2015-08 for Boardwalk Stability Remediation (Armitage) at a cost of $55,700.00, contingent upon review and approval of bonding, insurances and contract agreement by staff and Solicitor.

Authorize issuance of Notice of Award, Agreement and Notice to Proceed to Doli Construction for Contract No. 2015-09 for 2015 Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation Project at a cost of $547,369.00, contingent upon review and approval of bonding, insurances and contract agreement by staff and Solicitor.

Deny a request for reduction in a Letter of Credit for Silver Creek at Hampden. Facilities to be dedicated do not comply with Township Standards.

Authorize the reduction of Integrity Bank Letter of Credit No. 1188 for Hawks Landing from $160,382 to $111,775 for work completed in accordance with Township standards.

Authorize the reduction of Bryn Mawr Trust Co. of Credit No. 888 for Admiral’s Quay from $520,808.43 to $400,571 for work completed in accordance with Township standards.

Approve advertisement of requests for bids for the 2015/2016 Sanitary Sewer Lateral Lining Project.

Approve UGI’s request for the extension of 235 linear feet of a gas main in the right-of-way of Stephen’s Crossing to serve four existing homes.

Approve putting money in the 2016 budget for construction of a sidewalk along a portion of Lamb’s Gap Road and pursue donations from adjacent landowners.

Approve staff preparing a grant application for a rain garden at Armitage Golf Club for a DEP Local Water Quality Grant Program.


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 @ 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.



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.



At the August 27, 2015 Board of Commissioners Meeting, the Board took action to:   

Approve conditional appointment of Joe Gochenaur to the position of Wastewater Division TV Truck Operator, Public Works Department, Grade 7 to serve a six-month probationary period and authorize advertisement of vacancy for the position of Public Works Maintenance Worker I and II, as needed.

Authorize hiring of a part-time Preschool Teacher for the Recreation Department and a seasonal employee for Armitage Pro Shop upon satisfactory completion of a background check.

Approve Fund Asset Allocation changes to the 457(b) employee investment plan with MassMutual.

Approve the proposal for the Arthritis Foundation Jingle Bell Run on December 12, 2015.

Approve a request for a waiver of rental fees from The Student Athlete Soccer Association for use of an athletic field and a donation of a family pool pass to Holy Spirit’s Share the Spirit Gala 2015, the West Shore Chamber Business & Industry Night and the CV Boys’ Lacrosse Boosters.

Approve the Warrants Payable for the month of August 2015.

Cancel the September 1, 2015 meeting with the next regularly scheduled meeting to be held on October 1, 2015.

Accept the offer of donation of four parcels along Good Hope Road from Dr. Srouji conditioned upon final review and approval of Township Solicitor.

Reject an offer of a grant from Cumberland County Housing and Redevelopment Authority.

Approve payment of additional invoices for services from Simone Collins associated with the Comprehensive Plan Update.

Conditionally accept a proposal for professional services from Simone Collins for development of an Official Map contingent upon Solicitor review and approval.

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.