Current News – Last Revised:
March 5, 2014
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s/ Keith B. Metts, Township Manager
At the February 27, 2014 Board of Commissioners Meeting, the Board took action to:
Table the Preliminary/Final Land Development Plan for 1800 Good Hope Road, located at 1800 Good Hope Road.
Approve with conditions, a Preliminary/Final Land Development Plan for Shepherd’s Crossing, located at 201 Lamb’s Gap Road.
Approve sending to the Planning Commission a request for a Zoning Ordinance Text Amendment to Chapter 27 of the Hampden Township Zoning Ordinance for the purpose of simplifying building height requirements where the Office-Park zone abuts a residential zone.
Public Works Department
At the February 27, 2014Board of Commissioners Meeting, the Board took action to:
Approve the purchase of a Cub Cadet Tank Zero Turn Mower 60” cut at a price of $12,459.00 through Co-Stars Contract # 4400011388.
Approve a Notice of Award to purchase a 2008 37 Foot Insulated Hydraulic Telescopic Aerial Device to Altec Nueco, LLC at a cost of $55,750.00 subject to Solicitor and staff review, inspection and approval.
Accept proposal from Buchart Horn, Inc. to provide inspection services upon request of the Township.
Accept a proposal from Gannett Fleming for preparation of bid specifications for clarifier launder covers for Roth Lane Treatment Plant at a cost not to exceed $4,750.00.
Approve Resolution No. 14-06 , regarding a Sewage Facility Plan Revision for New Land Development for Brandywine Extension Phase 2.
Approve the release of Commerce Bank Irrevocable Letter of Credit Number 1867 in the amount of $9,600.00 for Signal Hill Phase 4. The maintenance period has expired.
Award the Preventative Maintenance Contract for HVAC systems in various Township facilities to Remco at a cost of $14,189.
Approve a Scope of Services Contract with Gannett Fleming for an Infiltration and Inflow (I & I) Reduction Program Flow Meter Study at a price of $22,900.00.
Approve the release of security for site improvements for 6350 Brackbill Boulevard in the amount of $13,299.00. All facilities have been constructed in accordance with the approved Land Development Plan.
Approve street cut permits from Verizon Pennsylvania, LLC for Airport Drive, Ashford Village, Grand Meadows, Governors Glen, Hampden Square, Hampden Station, Kingswood, Memory Lane, Ridgeland and Westbury Developments subject to addressing all comments and payment of applicable fees.
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 $100 for a household and $70 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.
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 $225.00 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 February 27, 2014 Board of Commissioners Meeting, the Board took action to:
Approve the request for the Transfer of Restaurant Liquor License No. R-16343 by Weis Markets, Inc. into Hampden Township, for use at the intersection of Wertzville Road and Valley Road, Enola, Hampden Township, Pennsylvania and the execution of the Resoultion to approve the transfer.
Approve the January 30, 2014 Agenda Meeting Minutes, the Special Meeting Minutes of February 24, 2014 and February 25, 2014.
Approve the hiring of seasonal employees for Recreation, Public Works and Armitage Pro Shop.
Approve Ordinance No. 14-03, amending Chapter 18 of the Hampden Township Code of Ordinances to provide for charging interest on municipal claims filed on delinquent accounts and to amend legal services fees.
Approve Ordinance No. 14-04, amending Chapter 24 of the Hampden Township Code of Ordinances with respect to fees assessed by the Hampden Township Tax Collector.
Approve Ordinance No. 14-05, amending Chapter 7 of the Hampden Township Code of Ordinances providing for standards regarding burning with and without the issuance of a permit.
Table GolfNow Software License, Marketing and Technology Agreement.
Approve an Addendum to the Lease Agreement with De Lage Landen Financial Services, Inc. for Police Department copier.
Approve disposal of documents in accordance with the Township’s records retention policy.
Approve the resignation of Keren Roberts from the Zoning Hearing Board and appoint Jamie Keener as a Regular Member to the Zoning Hearing Board.
Approve a waiver of picnic pavilion rental fee from New Hope Ministries.
Approve the Warrants Payable for the month of February 2014.
Approve canceling the March 4, 2014 meeting with the next regularly scheduled meeting to be held on March 27, 2014.
Approve the execution of an agreement with Community Aid for clothing collection bin services.
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. For more information or to volunteer for this worthwhile community service, please call Tony Toter at 766-2623.
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.