Manager’s Corner

Current News – Last Revised:


April 3, 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 30, 2017 Board of Commissioners Meeting, the Board took action to:  


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

Approve, with conditions, the Final Land Development and Subdivision Plan for Cumberland Technology Park Lots 13 & 14 and Harbilas Tract, located on Technology Parkway and Good Hope Road.

Schedule a Public Hearing for June 1, 2017 for a request to update the Hampden Township Comprehensive Plan.

Schedule a Public Hearing for June 1, 2017 for a Zoning Ordinance Map Amendment by Mt. Zion Associates L.P. to rezone a portion of Tax Parcel Number 10-15-1283-022 at 1550 Good Hope Road from Residential Towne to Office Park amending Chapter 27 of the Hampden Township Zoning Ordinance.

Schedule a Public Hearing for June 1, 2017 for a text amendment to the Permitted Uses in the Office Park ‘Commercial’ District.

Public Works Department

At the March 30, 2017 Board of Commissioners Meeting, the Board took action to:

Authorize issuance of Notice of Award, Agreement and Notice to Proceed to Pennsy Supply for Contract No. 2017-01 for 2017 Street Resurfacing Project at a cost of $1,894,057.34, contingent upon review and approval of bonding, insurances and contract agreement by staff and Solicitor.

Authorize a reduction of performance security for The Preserves from $55,221.46 to $37,212.12 and authorize release of Community Bank Letter of Credit No. 99-2004-091 in the amount of $34,748.68; Westchester Fire Insurance Bond Number KO7178153 in the amount of $9,459.66, Lexon Insurance Bond No. 1020845 in the amount of $9,083.91 and Westchester Fire Insurance Bond No. K07178177 in the amount of $1,929.21 subject to receipt of replacement securities from the developer.

Authorize the release of Metro Bank Letter of Credit No. 1924 in the amount of $106,835.00, Metro Bank Letter of Credit No. 2099 in the amount of $32,519.52 and Metro Bank Letter of Credit No. 2104 in the amount of $940,712.30 for the Grandon Farms Development subject to receipt of replacement securities from the developer.

Authorize the purchase and installation of HVAC mechanical controls at the Wastewater Treatment Plant Filter Building from Trane Building Services at a cost not to exceed $42,454.00 through Co-Stars Contract No. 008-274.

Authorize the purchase and installation of HVAC mechanical controls at Good Hope Station from Trane Building Services at a cost not to exceed $42,801.00 through Co-Stars Contract No. 008-274.

Authorize the installation of a new gate operator at the Park Street Facility by Security Fence at a cost not to exceed $4,710.00 through Co-Stars Contract No. 008-148.

Authorize the modifications to Good Hope Fire Station Fitness Center at a cost not to exceed $8,269.11.

Authorize the purchase of a new hoop building from PR Builders at a cost not to exceed $4,239.00.

Approve Pay Estimate No. 21 to Pennsy Supply in the amount of $69,713.05 for the 2015/2016 Street Resurfacing Project.

Authorize a letter of commitment for matching funds toward the proposed Simie Street resurfacing and raingarden project in the amount of $104,000.00.

Authorize award of the 2017 Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation Project to Mr. Rehab at a cost not to exceed $1,842,180.50 through Co-Stars Contract No. 16037.


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 30, 2017 Board of Commissioners Meeting, the Board took action to:  


Authorize advertisement of a full-time position for Public Works Department Wastewater Division Maintenance Worker III.

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

Accept the voluntary resignation of Michael Gossert as Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator and appoint Steve Goho to fill the vacancy.

Approve Resolution Nos. 2017-05 and 2017-06, recognizing Carson Schulz and John Smith for obtaining the rank of Eagle Scout.

Approve a request to install four (4) sets of Pickleball Court play lines at a cost of $1,800.00 through Co-Stars Contract No. 008-128 to The Breneman Company and excavate and install eight (8) Pickleball net post sleeves in the amount of $4,635.00 to Parvin Paving Company.

Authorize advertisement for bids for demolition of structures at 207 and 209 S. Sporting Hill Road.

Accept an offer from Republic Services to extend the current Solid Waste and Recycling Services Contract 14-05 through December 31, 2019 in accordance with the terms of the contract with no change to services or fees.

Approve the renewal of the annual membership with the Carlisle Area Chamber of

Approve the Warrants Payable for the month of March 2017.

Cancel the April 4, 2017 meeting with the next regularly scheduled meeting to be held on April 27, 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.