Manager’s Corner

Current News – Last Revised:

September 6, 2016

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 September 1, 2016 Board of Commissioners Meeting, the Board took action to:  

Approve Resolution No. 2016-26, approving the request of Cork and Fork Osteria, LLC for a Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board Inter-Municipal Transfer of a Liquor License for use at 4434 Carlisle Pike, Hampden Township, Pennsylvania.

Approve Ordinance No. 2016-05 amending Chapter 27 of the Township of Hampden Code of Ordinances to allow for production and processing of medical marijuana and to clarify permitted uses in certain zoning districts.

Accept a request for a time extension on the Preliminary/Final Land Development Plan for Kingsley G. & Theresa L. Sherman until January 11, 2017.

Schedule a Public Hearing for October 27, 2016 for a request for a Text Amendment to the Hampden Township Zoning Ordinance Chapter 27, Part 20 to create new parking requirements for a Hospital and Medical Campus.

Refer to the Planning Commission for comments and schedule a Public Hearing for October 27, 2016 for a request for a Text Amendment to the Hampden Township Zoning Ordinance Chapter 27, Part 17 regulating the size of shopping center signs.


Public Works Department

At the September 1, 2016 Board of Commissioners Meeting, the Board took action to:

Approve Resolution No. 2016-23 for Hampden Summit Phase IV regarding dedication of streets contingent upon submission of a five (5) year maintenance security and approval from the Township Solicitor.

Approve a reduction in Bryn Mawr Trust Letter of Credit No. 888 from $204,503.06 to $188,992.76 for work completed in association with the Admiral’s Quay project.

Deny a request from the McNaughton Company for the release of Mid Penn Bank Letter of Credit No. 490 in the amount of $29,385.00 because maintenance security has not been provided to the Township.

Approve the purchase of two 2017 Jeep Patriot vehicles from Hondru Dodge Jeep at a cost not to exceed $43,000.00 through Co-Stars Contract No. 26-069.

Authorize the purchase of a John Deere 2020A HD 200 SelectSpray from Finch Service, Inc. at a cost not to exceed $34,353.55 through Co-Stars Contract No. 4400011369.

Authorize purchase of and installation of a liftgate from Lancaster Truck Bodies at a cost not to exceed $4,150.00 through Co-Stars Contract No. 025-206.

Approve purchase of exterior LED lights for the Public Works Complex garage from Capital Tri-State Electric Distribution at a cost not to exceed $5,097.00 through Co-Stars Contract No. 008-165.

Approve a contract with M3T Corporation for security upgrades to the Public Works Complex gates at a cost not to exceed $20,059.88 through Co-Stars Contract No. 187658 contingent upon Solicitor review and approval.

Approve a joint MS4 advertisement through Capital Region Council of Governments.

Approval of Change Order No. 1 to National Water Main Cleaning Company in the amount of $7,250.00.

Approval of Pay Estimate No. 5 to National Water Main Cleaning Company in the amount of $391,487.50.

Approve payment to Pennsy Supply Incorporated for Pay Estimate No. 14 for the 2015/2016 Street Resurfacing Project in the amount of $232,148.63.

Approve UGI Street Cut Permit Agreement subject to Township staff and Solicitor review and approval.


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 September 1, 2016 Board of Commissioners Meeting, the Board took action to:   

Authorize participation in the Cumberland County Drug Task Force Program.

Accept a notice of voluntary resignation from Frances Kachnoskie, Part-Time Civilian Support Staff, from the Police Department effective August 8, 2016 and appoint Audrey Roy to fill the position effective September 6, 2016.

Ratify the hiring of seasonal employees for the Public Works Department who satisfactorily completed background checks.

Approve a Business Associate Agreement between Hampden Township and West Shore Advance Life Support Services, Inc. contingent upon Solicitor review and approval.

Approve a lease with Capital Region Council of Governments.

Accept the 2017 Minimum Municipal Obligation for the Hampden Township Non-Uniformed and Uniformed Pension Plans as prepared by Mockenhaupt and LeTort Management Trust Company.

Approve Resolution No. 2016-24 requiring participant contributions from uniformed employees equal to 5% of compensation, effective January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017.

Approve a request from Novitas Solutions for traffic control plan.

Approve a proposal from Pennsylvania United Cricket Association contingent upon staff and Solicitor review and approval of a Construction and Maintenance Agreement.

Ratify Resolution No. 2016-25 for a Greenways, Trails and Recreation Programs Grant.

Approve the execution of the Business Associate Agreement, Master Consulting Services Agreement, and Statement of Work with American Fidelity subject to American Fidelity executing the agreement as approved by the Township Solicitor.

Approve a request for a donation of two greens fees, excluding cart rentals, to the West Shore Chamber for the Business & Industry Night.

Approve the Warrants Payable for the month of August 2016.

Cancel the September 6, 2016 meeting with the next regularly scheduled meeting to be held on September 29, 2016.

Approve Resolution No. 2016-27 regarding Prevailing Wage.


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.