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January 9, 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 January 3, 2017 Board of Commissioners Meeting, the Board took action to:  

Approve, with conditions, the Final Subdivision Plan for Over Lands of Scott W. Harvey Estate, located at 6342 North Powderhorn Road.

Accept a request to table the plan and grant a time extension until April 28, 2017 for the Final Land Development Plan for 32 Central Boulevard, PC File 16-07-03.

Approve scheduling a Public Hearing on March 2, 2017 to hear a request for consideration of a Zoning Ordinance Map Amendment by Fishing Creek Valley Associates, L.P. to rezone two parcels on Valley Road from Commercial Park Limited to Apartment Office amending Chapter 27 of the Hampden Township Zoning Ordinance.

 

Public Works Department

At the January 3, 2017 Board of Commissioners Meeting, the Board took action to:

Deny a request for release of Mid Penn Bank Letter of Credit No. 487 associated with the Good Hope Farms South Phase 9 Project; work not completed.

Deny a release of Mid Penn Bank Letter of Credit No. 476 in association with the Good Hope Farms South Phase 13 Project; work not completed.

Authorize release of Mid Penn Bank Letter of Credit No. 505 in the amount of $32,915.00 for work completed in association with the Good Hope Farms South Phase 12 Project.

Authorize release of Mid Penn Bank Letter of Credit No. 545 in the amount of $20,378.23 for work completed in association with the Good Hope Farms South Phase 14 & 15 Project.

Authorize release of Mid Penn Bank Letter of Credit No. 518 in the amount of $18,116.00 for work completed in association with the Good Hope Farms South Phase 18 & 19 Project.

Approve a reduction in Fulton Bank Letter of Credit No. D006013 from $101,154.00 to $97,622.24 for work completed in association with the Brandywine Phase I Project.

Approve a reduction in Fulton Bank Letter of Credit No. D006536 from $490,482.00 to $410,002.18 for work completed in association with the Brandywine Extension Phase II Project.

Approve a reduction in Fulton Bank Letter of Credit No. D006511 from $20,569.45 to $7,487.95 for work completed in association with the Brandywine Extension Lot B Project.

Authorize a reduction in Fulton Bank Letter of Credit No. D006224 from $107,878.23 to $85,111.20 for work completed in association with the Landover Project.

Approve release of cash security in the amount of $27,500.00 and release of inspection escrow and all remaining inspection escrows for work completed in association with the Giant Food Store at Hampden Marketplace Project.

Authorize reduction in cash security from $200,000.00 to $9,541.40 for work completed in association with the Burger King Project.

Authorize the purchase of a Henderson Brine System from MJR Equipment at a cost not to exceed $90,000.00 through Co-Stars Contract No. 025-171 and purchase of installation materials at a cost not to exceed $10,000.00.

Approve an energy Demand Response Master Service Agreement, subject to staff and Solicitor review and approval.

Approve Pay Estimate No. 18 to Pennsy Supply in the amount of $494,492.65 for the 2015/2016 Street Resurfacing Project.

Approve Pay Estimate No. 19 to Pennsy Supply in the amount of $118,593.00 for the 2015/2016 Street Resurfacing Project.

Approve Pay Estimate No. 3 to National Water Main Cleaning Company in the amount of $773,078.42 for the 2016 Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation Project.

Approve Change Order No. 1 to the National Water Main Company, 2016 Sanitary Sewer Rehab Project extending the completion date to April 28, 2017 and adjusting the retainage to 5%.

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 3, 2017 Board of Commissioners Meeting, the Board took action to:  

 

Conditionally approve, full time, regular employment for Public Works Director, Jeremy Miller, effective January 4, 2017, upon successful completion of the remaining probationary period.

Accept a notice of retirement from Mike Orris, Pump Station Foreman, effective January 31, 2017, ratify Resolution No. 2017- 02, in recognition of his many years of service and authorize advertisement to fill the vacant position.

Approve the hiring of Part-Time employees for the Public Works Department.

Accept the voluntary resignation of Claudia Williams from the Hampden Township Planning Commission effective December 31, 2016.

Appoint Christine Line to serve on the Planning Commission effective February 1, 2017.

Authorize advertisement of a Public Hearing on March 2, 2017 regarding minor amendments to Chapter 22 and Chapter 27 of the Township Ordinances.

Authorize a release of the Irrevocable Letter of Credit posted by S&T Bank on behalf of Mount Zion Associates in the amount of $107,286.41 in accordance with the terms of the Road Participation Agreement.

Approve a one-year contract extension with Life Line Billing Systems, LLC.

Advertise a Request for Proposals for the Joint Land Use Study.

Issue a Request for Proposals for Municipal Building Architectural and Civil Engineering Services.

Approve issuance of an RFP for 2017 fireworks display.

Approve NAVSUP Active Duty Military members participating in Township recreation activities at the applicable resident rate.

Reaffirm appointment of the Township Manager to serve as the Hampden Township ADA Coordinator and Solid Waste Coordinator.

Approve an Adopt-A-Highway agreement with Karen and Friends for Mountain View Road.

Ratify Resolution No. 2017-01 for a Multimodal Transportation Fund Grant.

Approve requests for a waiver of rental fees from Girls on the Run and New Hope Ministries.

Approve a request for a donation of two greens fees, excluding cart rentals, to Sporting Hill PTO.

Approve the Warrants Payable for the month of December 2016.

The next regularly scheduled meeting to be held on February 2, 2017.

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.