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Manager’s Corner

Current News – Last Revised:

July 10, 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 July 2, 2015 Board of Commissioners Meeting, the Board took action to:

Table the Preliminary/Final Land Development Plan for Drive Time Auto Company, LLC, located at 6230 and 6240 Carlisle Pike.

Accept Yingst Engineers & Associates, Inc. proposal 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 August 31, 2015.

Approve the written decision granting conditional use approval to Cumberland Valley School District.

Approve referring to the Planning Commission a request for a Zoning Ordinance Map Amendment by the Co-Trustees of the V. David Thompson Disclaimer Trust and other property owners amending Chapter 27 of the Hampden Township Zoning Ordinance.

Approve scheduling a Public Hearing for August 27, 2015 for a Zoning Ordinance Text Amendment by Smith/Packett amending Chapter 27, Part 9, Section 903, Permitted Uses for the Office Park Zoning District and Part 2, Section 203, Specific Words and Phrases of the Hampden Township Zoning

 

Public Works Department

At the July 2, 2015 Board of Commissioners Meeting, the Board took action to:

Declare as surplus the 2000 KME Renegade XLFD Walkaround Heavy Rescue and adopt Resolution No. 2015-21, a resolution authorizing the sale of surplus Township property and authorize advertisement for bids.

Award a contract for professional services for the maintenance of Township-owned traffic signals to Pennsylvania PERCS, Inc. at an annual cost of $6,520.00.

Approve Resolution No. 2015-19 for Whitetail Crossing regarding dedication of streets contingent upon submission of a 5 year maintenance security.

Approve a Grant of Right of Way Agreement with PPL.

Request the Township Solicitor to prepare an Ordinance for adoption to adjust the speed limit on Mountainview Road between Technology Parkway and Orr’s Bridge Road.

Require staff to adjust financial security amounts for public improvements proposed to be dedicated to the Township in compliance with the Municipalities Planning Code.

 

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. 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 July 2, 2015 Board of Commissioners Meeting, the Board took action to:   

Approve participating in Silent Dispatch with the Cumberland County 911 Center.

Approve development of a Special Needs Resident Data program.

Accept the retirement of Ken Good from the Public Works Department Wastewater Division effective August 18, 2015, approve Resolution No. 15-22 recognizing his service and authorize advertisement to fill the vacant position.

Authorize the hiring of part-time Emergency Medical Technicians and seasonal Public Works and Recreation Department employees upon satisfactory completion of a background check.

Ratify Resolution No. 2015-18 for the Greenways, Trails and Recreation Grant for the development of a Veterans Recognition Memorial Park.

Approve future execution of a 3rd Party Services Agreement with Worxtime.

Approve the submission of the 2015 Land Partnerships Grant Application and the Cumberland Valley Visitors Bureau Grant concepts.

Approve Resolution No. 2015-20 recognizing the retirement of Captain Timothy W. Colyer from the Naval Supply Systems Command, Business Systems Center.

Approve appointment of Carolyn Pfeifer as the Fredricksen Library Representative with a term to expire December 31, 2015.

Approve the submission of a Multimodal Transportation Fund grant.

Declare as surplus two security cages and rear seat protectors from police cruisers to be sold at the CAPCoG Auction.

Approve a request from East Pennsboro Township Fire Police for assistance from Hampden Township Fire Police for various special events.

Approve a request for a waiver of rental fees from National Wild Turkey Federation for use of the Good Hope Station Community Room and from Halav Lav Dance Ministries International for use of the Hampden Park picnic pavilion and walking trail and a donation of a family pool pass to the Hampden Township Veteran’s Recognition Committee.

Approve the Warrants Payable for the month of June 2015.

Cancel the July 7, 2015 meeting with the next regularly scheduled meeting to be held on July 30, 2015.

Approve sending letter to state officials in opposition to House Bill 1082 and Senate Bill 356.

 

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.