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Manager’s Corner

Current News – Last Revised:

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

Approve, with conditions, a Final Subdivision Plan for Daniel Walchak located at 21 Stone Spring Lane and 267 Hillcrest Road.

Tabled a Preliminary/Final Minor Subdivision Plan for James E. Eichelberger and Eric Condran, located at 6203 and 6205 Valleybrook Drive.

 

Public Works Department

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

Approve advertisement, with no minimum bid amount, for the sale of a 2000 Kovatch Truck, KME Renegade XLFD Walk Around Rescue.

Approve the purchase of one police utility interceptor from Hondru Fleet at a cost of $27,175.00, Co-Stars Contract #13-003 and outfitting the vehicle through Mannion Enterprises, at a cost of $11,459.00, Co-Stars Contract # 335409.

Approve the purchase of one police Ford Sedan from Hondru Fleet at a cost of $25,825.00, Co-Stars Contract #13-003 and outfitting the vehicle through Mannion Enterprises, at a cost of $4,023.00, Co-Stars Contract # 335409.

Authorize the release of Fulton Bank Letter of Credit No. D00647 in the amount of $294,374.77 for work completed in association with the Shepherd’s Crossing Land Development Plan in accordance with Township regulations.

Authorize release of Inspection Escrow for Shepherd’s Crossing Land Development Plan in the amount of $14,690.00. All work was completed in accordance with Township regulations.

Authorize participation in the CPEC fossil fuel procurement program for the 2016-2017 contract period.

Approve a request from Romeo Land Surveying, Inc. for a reduction of the escrow amount for a plan review from $3,000 to $1,000.

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

Request that Senator Vance and Representative Rothman evaluate legislation to address state-wide concerns about feral cats.

Ratify Declaration of a Disaster Emergency placed into effect on Saturday, January 23, 2016.

Approve full time, regular employment for Wastewater Plant Operator, John Geiling effective February 3, 2016, upon successful completion of a probationary period.

Approve conditional appointment of William Pierce to the position of Flush Truck Operator, Public Works Department, Grade 6 to serve a six-month probationary period.

Authorize hiring of seasonal employees for Public Works Department upon satisfactory completion of all background checks.

Appoint Mike Reynolds as a representative to the Civil Service Commission with a term to expire December 31, 2018.

Extend the time for a public hearing to February 25, 2016 on the request of Duke’s 5302 LLC for a liquor license transfer.

Approve Ordinance No. 2016-01, amending the Township of Hampden Code of Ordinances with respect to the Certification Fee Assessed by the Hampden Township Tax Collector.

Approve an Agreement with NovusAGENDA for a Meeting Management Software Solution Program.

Approve a request from Hampden Township Fire Police to provide assistance to various municipalities for special events.

Approve a request for a donation from St. Joseph School, Monroe Elementary PTO, Sporting Hill Elementary School, and United Cerebral Palsy for a golf gift certificate.

Approve the Warrants Payable for the month of January 2016.

Cancel the February 2, 2016 meeting with the next regularly scheduled meeting to be held on February 25, 2016.

Authorize the Township Solicitor to initiate legal action to increase amounts of security posted for improvements from those developers that have failed to respond to the previous requests from Township staff.

 

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.