Manager’s Corner

Current News – Last Revised:

October 30, 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 October 27, 2015 Board of Commissioners Meeting, the Board took action to:

Approve Ordinance No. 15-16, amending the Zoning Map of Hampden Township by rezoning a portion of the A-O-L Apartment Office Limited District to C-L Commercial Limited Zoning District along the Carlisle Pike.

Approve, with conditions, a Preliminary/Final Land Development Plan for Cumberland Technology Park Lots 13 & 14 and the Harbilas Tract Subdivision, located at Technology Parkway and Good Hope Roads.

Approve, with conditions, a Final Land Development Plan for The Crossings at West Shore, located at the northeast corner of Good Hope Road and Technology Parkway.

Schedule a Public Hearing at the request of The Laus Group (Cork & Fork) for an Economic Development Liquor License. Public Hearing to be held November 24, 2015.


Public Works Department

At the October 27, 2015 Board of Commissioners Meeting, the Board took action to:

Approve an Operation and Maintenance Agreement for Stormwater Best Management Practices for Lot 54 in the Preserves subject to approval from the Preserves Homeowner’s Association and County Conservation District.

Approve conducting a Stop Control Study at Gleim Court and Caissons Court.

Approve advertisement of an Ordinance to restrict on-street parking along the East side of S. 38th Street.

Approve entering into agreements with the developers of Grandon Farms, Good Hope Farms South and Brandywine for an escrow for installation of streetlights pending 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 October 27, 2015 Board of Commissioners Meeting, the Board took action to:   

Approve the 2016 Tentative Budget and authorize advertisement of an ordinance appropriating specific sums estimated to be required for the specific purpose of the municipal government during the year 2016.

Authorize advertisement of an ordinance fixing the tax rates, adopting sewer rates and confirming trash rates for the year 2016.

Approve a transfer of $217,711.38 from the General Fund to the Liquid Fuels Tax Fund in accordance with the 2012-2014 Audit.

Approve Ordinance No. 15-17, amending Chapter 7 of the Hampden Township Code of Ordinances to:

1. Require clear space around, and unobstructed access to, fire hydrants; and
2. To allow for Police Officers to take enforcement action on open burning without a permit; and
3. To amend background check requirements for Human Massage Technicians.

Authorize purchase of Power-Pro XT Ambulance Cot at a cost of $16,273.00 from Stryker the lowest of three competitive quotes.

Approve advertisement for and hiring of a part-time employee to assist the Utility Billing Department.

Approve Resolution No. 2015-34, recognizing William Bryan Fish for obtaining the rank of Eagle Scout.

Approve the appointment of Terry McNemar to the position of Volunteer Fire Police Officer at the recommendation of the Hampden Township Fire Police Captain.

Approve a request from the Hampden Township Volunteer Fire Company to allow qualified members to use E-330 to take the drivers test to obtain a CDL.

Approve an amended agreement with the Pennsylvania Municipal Health Insurance Cooperative effective January 1, 2016 contingent upon final review and approval by the staff and Township Solicitor.

Approve a software Service Agreement with Active Network, LLC for the Recreation Department

Approve an agreement with Hometown Press to publish four newsletter issues in 2016.

Approve the Warrants Payable for the month of October 2015.

Cancel the November 3, 2015 meeting with the next regularly scheduled meeting to be held on Tuesday, November 24, 2015.

Accept an offer of dedication of land from James Grandon for Lot D adjacent to Creekview South Park.

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.