Manager’s Corner

Current News – Last Revised:


June 7, 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 June 1, 2017 Board of Commissioners Meeting, the Board took action to:  


Approve an amendment to the Future Land Use Map of the Hampden Township Comprehensive Plan.

Approve 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.

Approve a text amendment to the Permitted Uses in the Office Park ‘Commercial’ District.

Approve a time extension for the the Bali Hai Road detour and Cumberland Valley School District project until September 30, 2017.

Schedule a Public Hearing for a Zoning Ordinance Text Amendment to Chapter 27 to allow for a single principal use on residential lots.

Schedule a Public Hearing for a Zoning Ordinance Text Amendment to Chapter 27 to allow Medical Marijuana Dispensaries in specified commercial zoning districts.

Schedule a Public Hearing for a Zoning Ordinance Text Amendment to Chapter 27 pertaining to permitted uses in the Residential Country and Planned Residential Development Zoning Districts.

Public Works Department

At the June 1, 2017 Board of Commissioners Meeting, the Board took action to:

Authorize issuance of the Intent to Award, Notice of Award and Notice to Proceed for the Good Hope Station Floor Resurfacing Project (Contract No. 2017-02) to Phil Mentzer and Son, Inc. in the amount of $58,050.00, subject to staff and Solicitor review and approval.

Authorize a reduction of Bryn Mawr Trust Letter of Credit No. 888 from $188,992.76 to $163,877.56 for work completed in association with the Admiral’s Quay project.

Deny performance security and inspection escrow release request for the Burger King project as work has not been completed.

Authorize advertisement of bids for the replacement of the Trindle Road-Sheely Lane traffic signal pole.

Approve an amendment to Fee Resolution No. 2016-38 relative to escrows for street cut permits.

Authorize staff to request professional service proposals from consultants for a needs assessment of an asset management program.

Approve Change Order No. 2 for a contract reduction amount of $612.63 representing underruns of the estimated quantities, Pay Estimate No. 4-Final in the amount of $21,173.70 and the Final Certificate for the 2016 Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation Project to National Water Main Cleaning Company.

Approve Pay Estimate No. 23 to Pennsy Supply in the amount of $231,545.98 for the 2015/2016 Street Resurfacing Project.

Request authorization to advertise bid specifications for Phase 2 of the Veterans Recognition Park subject to Solicitor review and approval.

Approve a proposal for Traffic Engineering Services from Grove Miller Engineering, Inc. associated with the new municipal building site plans.


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 June 1, 2017 Board of Commissioners Meeting, the Board took action to:  

Approve Resolution No. 2017-16, requesting a refunding through the Hampden Township Industrial Development Authority for the Alliance Home of Carlisle, PA d/b/a Chapel Pointe of Carlisle.

Conditionally appoint Richard Nulty, Jr. to the position of Lieutenant, within the Police Department, effective as soon as practical, serving a one-year probationary period, in accordance with the terms and conditions set forth in the Hampden Township Police Association Collective Bargaining Agreement and the Policies and Procedures Manual, as applicable. Richard Nulty, Jr. is appropriately listed on the May 5, 2017 Eligibility List certified by the Hampden Township Civil Service Commission. The conditional appointment is contingent upon satisfactory completion of physical and psychological medical examinations to be conducted by vendors of the Township’s choosing. Except as otherwise provided in the collective bargaining agreement, nothing in this conditional appointment shall create a contract of employment for any period of time.

Approve conditional appointment of Bryan Bocchi to the position of Wastewater Utility Worker III, Public Works Department, Grade 7, to serve a six month probationary period effective June 2, 2017 and authorize advertisement to fill a Wastewater Utility Worker II position.

Conditionally approve, full time, regular employment for the Public Works Maintenance Division Superintendent, Stuart Odell effective June 3, 2017, upon successful completion of a probationary period.

Ratify and authorize hiring of seasonal employees for the Recreation, Police and Public Works Departments upon satisfactory completion of background checks.

Authorize advertisement of a Text Amendment to Chapter 13, Part 5 pertaining to Massage Technicians and Establishments.

Approve Resolution Nos. 2017-19, 2017-20 and 2017-21, recognizing Doug Gochenaur, Janette Swade and Troy O’Neill for receiving the Shining Star of Life Award.

Ratify Resolution No. 2017-18, recognizing William Fish for obtaining the William T. Hornaday Silver Medal.

Approve Resolution No. 2017-14, recognizing Charlotte E. Shunk for obtaining the Girl Scout Gold Award.

Approve Resolution No. 2017-15, recognizing the employees from Keller Williams of Central PA for volunteering their time to complete a beautification project in Hampden Park.

Approve the purchase and installation of three (3) GETAC tablets from Manion Enterprises LLC through Co-Stars Contract # 335406, in the amount of $15,702.00. Purchase price offset by a grant in the amount of $7,448.21.

Approve Resolution No. 2017-17 declaring the Township’s official intent to be reimbursed for certain expenditures relating to capital projects and other expenses.

Approve retaining labor attorney services from Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC.

Declare as surplus items to be sold at the CAPCoG Auction and Municibid.

Approve a financial commitment of $98,808.00 in the 2017 municipal budget to the procurement and installation of new playground equipment at Creekview Park North. Grant application being submitted to Cumberland County for the project.

Authorize advertisement of an amendment to Chapter 16 of the Hampden Township Codified Ordinances with new regulations pertaining to the use of an aqua climbing wall at Hampden Pool.

Authorize advertisement of an Ordinance regarding the establishment of hours of use for Sporting Hill Station soccer fields.

Approve a request for a donation of two greens fees, excluding cart rentals, to the Army Heritage Center Foundation.

Approve the Warrants Payable for the month of May 2017.

Cancel the June 6, 2017 meeting with the next regularly scheduled meeting to be held on June 29, 2017.

Authorize advertisement of ordinances to adopt regulations for a Helipad and Adult Oriented Businesses.

Approve sending a letter to Representative Rothman and Senator Regan in support of House Bill 1013 billing for EMS services.

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.