Manager’s Corner

Current News – Last Revised:

October 4, 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 September 29, 2016 Board of Commissioners Meeting, the Board took action to:  

Schedule a Public Hearing for December 1, 2016 at the request of Good Hope Commons, subject to the applicant including in the Zoning Map Amendment request the two parcels at the southwest corner of Wertzville Road and Good Hope Road being rezoned to Commercial Limited.

Accept a request for a time extension until October 27, 2017 for the Preliminary/Final Subdivision Plan for Cumberland Tech Park Lots 13, 14 and Harbilas Tract PC File No. 14-11-03 in order to meet conditions of approval subject to applicable fee.

Public Works Department

At the September 29, 2016 Board of Commissioners Meeting, the Board took action to:

Authorize the Solicitor to call on the Letter of Credit and proceed with all actions to collect funds necessary to complete public improvements at Hunters Gate if paving is not started by the developer by October 17, 2016 unless delayed due to reasonable causes given by the contractor or weather and that the developer continue snow removal services until the streets are offered for dedication and accepted by the Township.

Deny the request of Builders Preferred for reduction in the Mid Penn Bank Letter of Credit; however, if the roadways of Hunters Gate are paved as represented by the developer starting October 17, 2016, the Director of Public Works is authorized to release a portion of the Letter of Credit upon completion of the paving.

Approve Resolution No. 2016-30 for Grand Meadows development regarding dedication of streets contingent upon submission of a five (5) year maintenance security and approval from the Township Solicitor.

Approve Resolution No. 2016-31 for The Preserve development regarding dedication of streets contingent upon submission of a five (5) year maintenance security and approval from the Township Solicitor.

Approve Resolution No. 2016-32 for Good Hope Farms South Phase 14 and 15 regarding dedication of streets contingent upon submission of a five (5) year maintenance security and approval from the Township Solicitor.

Approve a reduction in an Orrstown Bank Letter of Credit No. 15-17 from $245,321.17 to $128,658.05 for work completed in association with the Trindle Square project.

Approve release of Mid Penn Bank Letter of Credit No. 490 in the amount of $29,385.00 held for the Good Hope Farms South Phases 18 & 19. The five (5) year maintenance period has expired and all improvements are in good condition.

Approve release of Integrity Bank Letter of Credit No. 1289 in the amount of $36,865.00 held for the Good Hope Farms South Phase 13. The five (5) year maintenance period has expired and all improvements are in good condition.

Authorize issuance of Notice of Award, Agreement and Notice to Proceed to PA PERCS for Contract No. 2016-04 for Traffic Signal Preemption Installation – S. Sporting Hill Road/Delbrook Road/Navy Facility; N. Sporting Hill Road/Erb’s Bridge Road; and Trindle Road/Manor Drive at a cost not to exceed $37,503.62 contingent upon Solicitor review and approval.

Authorize purchase of a Kubota KX040 Mini Excavator at a price not to exceed $37,080.30 from Messick Farm Equipment Inc. through Co-Stars Contract No. 4400011441

Approve the purchase of a wheel loader at a price not to exceed $89,155.00 from Highway Equipment and Supply Company through HGACBuy Contract No. EM06-15 contingent upon Solicitor review and approval.

Approve Pay Estimate No. 15 to Pennsy Supply in the amount of $122,237.81 for the 2015/2016 Street Resurfacing Project.

Approve Change Order No. 2 extending the 2015/2016 Street Resurfacing project completion date from October 14, 2016 to July 28, 2017.

Approve Pay Estimate No. 6 to National Water Main Cleaning Company in the amount of $149,316.25.


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 September 29, 2016 Board of Commissioners Meeting, the Board took action to:   

Approve minor revisions to the Emergency Operations Plan for Hampden Township.

Ratify Resolution Nos. 2016-28 and 2016-29, recognizing Matthew Geisler and Maximillian O’Brien for obtaining the rank of Eagle Scout.

Approve an Adopt-a-Highway agreement with Appalachia Technologies for Memory Lane.

Authorize staff to purchase a play system from GameTime, Costars Vendor, contingent upon Solicitor review and approval at the stated amount of $28,100.00 for Hampden Park.

Approve revisions to the Personnel Policies and Procedures Manual to comply with Affordable Care Act regulations.

Approve a request from Conodoguinet Creek Watershed Association.

Approve a Memorandum of Understanding with Pennsylvania Association of Cricket.

Approve a request for a donation of two greens fees, excluding cart rentals, to Cumberland Valley High School Girls Soccer.

Approve the Warrants Payable for the month of September 2016.

Cancel the October 4, 2016 meeting with the next regularly scheduled meeting to be held on October 27, 2016.

Accept the proposal as presented by Mockenhaupt Benefits Group to evaluate plan design options for the Township’s pension plans.


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.