Manager’s Corner

Current News – Last Revised:

August 5, 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 July 30, 2015 Board of Commissioners Meeting, the Board took action to:

Approve Ordinance 15-11 authorizing a Text Amendment by Verizon Wireless amending Chapter 27, Part 1818 of the Hampden Township Zoning Ordinance.

Approve a lease with Verizon Wireless for a wireless communications tower on the Township-owned property at the intersection of Wertzville and Valley Road.

Approve, with conditions, a Final Land Development Plan for Jamestown Square, located at the North East corner of Skyport Road and Westover Drive.

Approve, with conditions, a Preliminary/Final Land Development Plan for Gilligan’s Bar and Grill located at 5002 Carlisle Pike.

Approved, with conditions, a Preliminary/Final Land Development Plan for Drive Time Auto Company, LLC, located at 6230 and 6240 Carlisle Pike.

Table the Preliminary/Final Land Development Plan for Islamic Center of PA, located at 5138 East Trindle Road.

Approve scheduling a Public Hearing for October 1, 2015 for a proposed Zoning Ordinance Map Amendment by the Co-Trustees of the V. David Thompson Disclaimer Trust and other property owners amending Chapter 27 of the Hampden Township Zoning Ordinance.

Authorize issuance of Notice of Award, Agreement and Notice to Proceed to Synagro Technologies for Contract No. 2015-07 for Transportation, Disposal and/or Utilization of


Public Works Department

At the July 30, 2015 Board of Commissioners Meeting, the Board took action to:

Authorize issuance of Notice of Award, Agreement and Notice to Proceed to Synagro Technologies for Contract No. 2015-07 for Transportation, Disposal and/or Utilization of Biosolids at a cost not to exceed $504,300.00, contingent upon review and approval of bonding, insurances and contract agreement by staff and Solicitor.

Authorize issuance of Notice of Award, Agreement and Notice to Proceed to Rausch Electronics for Contract No. 2015-06 for Furnishing & Installing a RCA Proline with Lateral Launcher into a Cargo Van at a cost of $298,570.00, contingent upon review and approval of bonding, insurances and contract agreement by staff and Solicitor.

Adopt Ordinance No. 15-10, establishing speed limits on portions of Mountainview Road.

Authorize the release of Atlantic Specialty Insurance Company Bond No. 8000003869 for Wendy’s in the amount of $20,523.80 for work completed.

Authorize the reduction of Integrity Bank Letter of Credit No. 1355 for Hawks Landing from $558,304.45 in the amount of $135,401.00 for work completed.

Authorize the reduction of Integrity Bank Letter of Credit No. 1392 for Hawks Landing from $123,982.00 in the amount of $116,325.00 for work completed

Approve Change Order No. 2 for the 2014 Sanitary Sewer System Mainline Lining Project extending the contract period to October 2, 2015.

Approve Change Order No. 1 for the Caddy Shack HVAC Upgrade (Roof Structure) Project adding crickets to the roof curbs. Total value of the Change Order is $632.88.

Approve Resolution No. 2015-23 for Gleim Drive regarding dedication of streets contingent upon submission of a 5 year maintenance security and approval of the Township Solicitor.

Approve Orr’s Bridge Road bridge design and advising the county of the Board’s decision on fensing and lights.


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

Accept a notice of retirement from Corporal Kevin Shaughnessy from the Police Department effective July 21, 2015 and ratify Resolution No. 15-24 recognizing his service.

Authorize advertisement to fill the vacancy for the position of Sergeant with the Hampden Township Police Department and task the Civil Service Commission with conducting physical agility, written, oral examinations and all other necessary actions to create an Eligibility List.

Approve full time, regular employment for Wastewater I/I Foreman, Andrew Morales effective July 30, 2015, after successful completion of a probationary period.

Approve conditional appointment of John Geiling to the position of Wastewater Division Plant Operator, Public Works Department, Grade 10 to serve a six-month probationary period.

Authorize advertisement to fill the vacancy of Wastewater Division TV Truck Operator.

Accept the 2016 Minimum Municipal Obligation for the Hampden Township Non-Uniformed and Uniformed Pension Plans, as prepared by Mockenhaupt Benefits Group.

Approve Resolution No. 15-25 requiring participant contributions from uniformed employees equal to 4.5% of compensation, effective January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016.

Authorize the hiring of a seasonal Public Works employee upon satisfactory completion of a background check.

Approve the 2016 Budget Preparation and Adoption Schedule.

Table the discussion about Fund Asset Allocation changes to the 457(b) employee investment plan with MassMutual.

Approve a Mutual Aid Reciprocity Agreement for Hampden EMS contingent upon all EMS providers executing the Agreement as written and upon Solicitor approval.

Ratify Resolutions recognizing the efforts and service of the Junior Commissioners and authorize advertisement of the 2015/2016 Junior Commissioner Program.

Ratify Resolutions for PinnacleHealth and Adam Webb.

Approve an amendment to the Worxtime Agreement to address Affordable Care Act reporting requirements.

Ratify Resolution for Tom Russell.

Approve Resolution No. 15-33 regarding the Multimodal Transportation Fund grant program.

Approve an amendment to the WageWorks Health Care Flexible Spending Account and adopt Resolution No. 15-32.

Approve minor revisions to the Hampden Township Safety Manual.

Approve minor revisions to the Hampden Pool membership pricing options.

Table a discussion regarding a Community Development Block Grant.

Ratify Resolution No. 2015-28 recognizing the retirement of Captain Jeff Rathbun from the Naval Supply Systems Command, Business Systems Center.

Approve the Warrants Payable for the month of July 2015.

Cancel the August 4, 2015 meeting with the next regularly scheduled meeting to be held on August 27, 2015.


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.