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Manager’s Corner

Current News – Last Revised:

August 2, 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 July 28, 2016 Board of Commissioners Meeting, the Board took action to:  

Approve a special meeting to be scheduled at a later date after information is given to Grove Miller from Alpha Consulting Engineers and reviewed by the Board of Commissioners to discuss traffic improvements regarding the proposed Cumberland Valley School District Campus on Lamb’s Gap and Bali Hai Roads.

Approve, with conditions, the Preliminary/Final Land Development Plan for Burger King, located on Marketplace Way.

Approve, with conditions, the Final Land Development Plan for 108 North Saint John’s Church Road.

Approve, with conditions, the Final Land Development Plan for McCafferty Auto Group, located at 6302 Carlisle Pike.

Accept a request for a time extension until July 28, 2018 from Insite Development, Final Land Development Plan for The Oaks Phase I in order to meet conditions of approval subject to applicable fee.

Accept a request for a time extension until August 27, 2017 from Islamic Center of PA in order to meet conditions of approval subject to applicable fee.

Accept a time limit extension on the West Shore Office Park Preliminary/Final Land Development Plan until November 9, 2016.

Refer to the Planning Commission a request for a Text Amendment to the Hampden Township Zoning Ordinance Chapter 27, Part 20, Section 2002.2 to create new parking requirements for a Hospital and Medical Campus.

Schedule a Public Hearing at the request of The Laus Group (Cork & Fork) for an Inter-Municipal Transfer of a Retail Restaurant Liquor License. Public Hearing to be held September 1, 2016.

Public Works Department

At the July 28, 2016 Board of Commissioners Meeting, the Board took action to:

 

Approve a request for PennDOT to conduct a speed survey on Wertzville Road.

Deny a request from The McNaughton Company for the release of Mid Penn Bank Letter of Credit No. 487 in the amount of $9,366.00 as work has not been completed in association with Good Hope Farms South Phase 9.

Deny a request from The McNaughton Company for the release of Mid Penn Bank Letter of Credit No. 476 in the amount of $18,890.00 as work has not been completed in association with Good Hope Farms South Phase 13.

Authorize reduction of INCO DICO Group Bond No. 587648S from $214,519.00 to $52,230.75 for work completed in Trindle Spring Heights development.

Authorize release of Mid Penn Bank Letter of Credit No. 475 in the amount of $10,000.00 for work completed in association with Good Hope Farms South Phase 10 and 11.

Authorize release of Mid Penn Bank Letter of Credit No. 489 in the amount of $42,949.00 for work completed in association with Good Hope Farms South Phase 18 & 19.

Authorize the release of Mid Penn Bank Letter of Credit No. 483 in the amount of $17,612.00 for Good Hope Farms South Phase 9 as the five-year maintenance period has expired and all improvements are in good working condition.

Authorize the release of Mid Penn Bank Letter of Credit No. 485 in the amount of $28,863.99 for Good Hope Farms South Phase 10 and 11 as the five-year maintenance period has expired and all improvements are in good condition.

Authorize reduction of Mid Penn Bank Letter of Credit No. 545 from $118,700.00 to $20,378.23 for work completed in association with Good Hope Farms South Phase 14 & 15.

Authorize the release of credit from Royal Bank of Canada in the amount of $56,126.55 for work completed in association with the Mechanicsburg Family Dentistry.

Authorize the reduction of Orrstown Bank Letter of Credit No. 15-17 from $301,358.17 to $245,321.17 for work completed in association with the Trindle Square project.

Authorize release of review escrow balance in the amount of $927.50 for Triple Crown Shiremanstown WCF Site as the plan has been recorded.

Authorize release of review escrow in the amount of $2,487.50 for Eichelberger Condran Subdivision Plan as the plan has been recorded.

Authorize reduction of Integrity Bank Letter of Credit No. 1392 from $116,325.00 to $22,161.57 for work completed in association with Hawks Landing Phase III.

Authorize the installation of PolyCrete SLB Floor System with ArmorTop at Good Hope Station by Phil Mentzer & Son, Inc., at a cost not to exceed $46,300.00 through Co-Stars Contract # 00109521, subject to Solicitor and staff approval of final contract.

Authorize the purchase of a 5,000 gallon brine storage tank from GVM Snow Equipment at a cost not to exceed $4,700.00

Authorize acceptance of proposal from Enhanced Concrete Concepts for the repair of aeration tank concrete at a cost not to exceed $6,475.00.

Authorize the replacement of Sporting Hill Station garage heaters at a cost not to exceed $9,500.00. Project will be completed by Township staff.

Approve Resolution No. 2016-18 amending the Township’s Sewage Facility Plan to account for five new commercial units associated with the proposed Cumberland Tech Park – Lots 13 and 14 and Harbilas Tract project.

Approve 10,955 lft gas main extension by UGI in the Ridgeland Development subject to meeting all permit requirements and a $200,000.00 contribution to the Township for future infrastructure work.

Approve payment to Pennsy Supply Incorporated for Estimate No. 13 for 2015/2016 Street Resurfacing Project in the amount of $941,651.62.

Approve payment to National Water Main Cleaning Company for Estimate No. 4 for the 2015/2016 Sanitary Sewer Lateral Lining Project in the amount of $122,143.50.

Authorize an award for a sewer rehabilitation project in the amount of $1,081,471.00 to National Water Main, Co-Stars No. 373231, contingent upon Solicitor review and execution of a supplementary agreement.

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 @ 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 28, 2016 Board of Commissioners Meeting, the Board took action to:   

 

Task the Civil Service Commission with conducting oral exams and certifying an eligibility list for up to two vacant Patrol Officer positions.

Approve conditional appointment of William Gralski to the position of Stormwater Division Superintendent, Public Works Department, Exempt, to serve a one-year probationary period effective August 22, 2016

Approve conditional appointment of Robert Travitz to the position of Utility Worker I, Public Works Department, Grade 3, to serve a six-month probationary period effective August 15, 2016.

Approve conditional appointment of Frances Kachnoskie to the position for a Part-Time Police Civilian Support Staff, to serve a six month probationary period effective August 4, 2016.

Approve, full time, regular employment for Flush Truck Operator, William Pierce effective July 28, 2016, upon successful completion of a probationary period.

Ratify the hiring of seasonal employees for the Pro Shop and Recreation Department upon satisfactory background checks.

Approve the 2017 Budget Preparation and Adoption Schedule.

Approve advertisement for bids to install up to three preemption devices for the traffic signals at various intersections.

Approve Resolution 2016-19 for the Multimodal Transportation Fund Grant.

Approve an Engagement Letter with The PFM Group.

Approve 2016/2017 EMS Subscription Drive.

Approve Resolution Nos. 16-20, 16-21 and 16-22, recognizing William Fish, Bridget Suhr and Eric Gaspich for their time served as Junior Commissioners and authorize advertisement for the 2016/2017 Junior Commissioner Program.

Approve contracting services from American Fidelity for compliance with Affordable Care Act reporting requirements.

Approve an upgrade to the secured access system in the Hampden Township Municipal Building from Moorefield Communications, through Co-Stars Contract No. 003-198 at a cost not to exceed $5,504.22 contingent upon Solicitor and staff review and approval.

Approve a changeable message sign design to be jointly purchased by Cumberland Valley School District and Hampden Township.

Approve a request for a donation from CAPCOG for a golf gift certificate, excluding cart rental, for Armitage Golf Club.

Approve the Warrants Payable for the month of July 2016.

Cancel the August 4, 2016 meeting with the next regularly scheduled meeting to be held on September 1, 2016.

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.