Manager’s Corner

Current News – Last Revised:


March 7, 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 March 2, 2017 Board of Commissioners Meeting, the Board took action to:  

Approve Ordinance No. 2017-01, a Zoning Ordinance Map Amendment by Fishing Creek Valley Associates, L.P. to rezone two parcels on Valley Road from Commercial Park Limited to Apartment Office and amending Chapter 27 of the Hampden Township Zoning Ordinance.

Approve Ordinance No. 2017-02, amending Chapters 22 and 27 of the Hampden Township Code of Ordinances with respect to the public release of permit applications and the definition of Land Development.

Approve, with conditions, the Final Land Development Plan for ‘Greenlin Kennels’ 1810 Lamb’s Gap Road, located at 1810 Lamb’s Gap Road.

Table the Final Land Development Plan for Taco Bell, located on the northeast corner of Valley Road and Marketplace Way.

Approve, with conditions, the Preliminary/Final Subdivision Plan for Over Lands of RMJ Holdings, LLC, located at 4030 Mountain View Road.

Accept a request for a time extension until May 26, 2017 from Romeo Land Surveying, Inc. for the Final Minor Subdivision Plan for Lands of David R. Bretz and Bertha Bretz in order to meet conditions of approval subject to applicable fee.


Public Works Department

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


Authorize a reduction in Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company Subdivision Improvement Bond No. SNN4004460 from $597,513.95 to $209,543.95 for work completed in association with The Crossings at West Shore project.

Authorize reduction in Casualty and Surety Company of America Bond No. 10611195 from $1,913,897.37 to $598,277.33 for work completed in association with the Sporting Hill Villas project.

Deny release of Letters of Credit associated with the Jamestown Square Phase I project; work is not complete.

Authorize the purchase of a front-end loader scale at a cost not to exceed $12,300.00 from Highway Equipment and Supply Company through Co-Stars Contract
No. 4400015170.

Authorize the purchase of a 2017 Ford F-350 4×4 from Hondru Fleet at a cost not to exceed $32,220.00 through Co-Stars Contract No. 25-006.

Authorize the purchase of shelving units for the Park Street Garage from W.W. Grainger, Inc., at a cost not to exceed $5,943.91 through Co-Stars Contract No. 008-021 and Home Depot at a cost not to exceed $3,380.00 for a total cost of $9,323.91.

Approve the installation of a traffic signal preemption device by Atlantic Transportation Systems, Inc. at a cost of $9,950.00 for the intersection of Orr’s Bridge Road and Wertzville Road.

Authorize advertisement of an Ordinance to recognize traffic signals and stop signs at certain locations.

Approve Pay Estimate No. 20 to Pennsy Supply in the amount of $165,252.02 for the 2015/2016 Street Resurfacing Project.

Approve National Water Main Cleaning Company’s proposal for stormwater inlet rehabilitation at a cost not to exceed $55,300.00 through Co-Stars Contract No. 016-090. Work is being completed in advance of the 2017 road 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 @ 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 March 2, 2017 Board of Commissioners Meeting, the Board took action to:  

Approve conditional appointment of Shawn Peck to the position of Pump Station Foreman, Public Works Department, Grade 8, to serve a 12-month probationary period effective March 3, 2017.

Authorize hiring of seasonal employees for the Recreation, Public Works and Armitage Golf Club upon satisfactory completion of background checks.

Accept the voluntary resignation of Christine Line from the Hampden Township Zoning Hearing Board effective February 1, 2017.

Appoint Jim Yaple to the Zoning Hearing Board with a term to expire December 31, 2018.

Approve a request for a tennis and basketball court crack seal and resurfacing project to The Breneman Company in the amount of $37,950.00 through Co-Stars No. 008128.

Award a professional services contract to H. Edward Black and Associates, Ltd. in the amount of $7,650.00 for site layout design services associated with awarded DCNR Grant program.

Approve purchase of an Aquaclimb wall from Pyramide USA Inc. in the amount of $17,541.00 contingent upon manufacturer being approved as a Co-Stars Vendor and Township approval of the Co-Stars Contract.

Approve the conversion of the Hampden Pool filter building disinfection system.

Approve a request for a donation of two greens fees, excluding cart rentals, to
United Cerebral Palsy, Hampden Elementary School and Cleve J. Fredricksen Library.

Approve the Warrants Payable for the month of February 2017.

Cancel the March 7, 2017 meeting with the next regularly scheduled meeting to be
held on March 30, 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.