Manager’s Corner

Current News – Last Revised:

December 5, 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 December 1, 2016 Board of Commissioners Meeting, the Board took action to:  


Deny Ordinance No. 2016-14, which requested an amendment to the Zoning Map of eight parcels at the corner of Wertzville and Good Hope Roads from Residential Country to Commercial Limited and amending the Hampden Township Zoning Ordinance to allow for outdoor food service without ‘in-car’ or ‘drive-in’ service.

Approve, with conditions, the Preliminary/Final Land Development Plan for Lamb’s Gap Animal Hospital, located at 1806 Lamb’s Gap Road.

Approve, with conditions, the Preliminary Subdivision Plan for Cumberland Technology Park Lots 13 & 14 and Harbilas Tract, located on Technology Parkway and Good Hope Road.

Approve, with conditions, the Final Land Development Plan for West Shore Hospital – Phase 2 Expansion, located at 1995 Technology Parkway.

Accept a request for a time extension until January 6, 2018 for the Final Land Development Plan for 5600 Carlisle Pike, PC File No. 15-10-02, in order to meet conditions of approval subject to applicable fee.

Approve a waiver of Preliminary/Final Subdivision Plan review and associated fees for The Allen Minor Subdivision Plan which site improvements will be located in East Pennsboro Township.

Refer to the Planning Commission for comments a request for 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.

Refer to the Planning Commission for comments a request for 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. Additionally, consider a request for a text amendment to the Permitted Uses in the Office Park District.

Accept a request for a time extension until February 7, 2017 for the Final Land Development Plan for 32 Central Boulevard, PC File 16-07-03.

Public Works Department

At the December 1, 2016 Board of Commissioners Meeting, the Board took action to:

Approve Ordinance No. 2016-09, amending the existing intermunicipal agreement with Hampden Township, Hampden Township Sewer Authority, Silver Spring Authority and Silver Spring Township providing sanitary sewer service to a portion of Silver Spring Township.

Approve Ordinance No. 2016-10, adopting posted speed limits along various Township local access streets.

Approve a reduction in Integrity Bank Letter of Credit No. 1478 for the 1800 Good Hope Project from $74,615.75 to $1,500.00 due to the developer’s desire to not complete the project. The remaining security is to ensure proper stabilization of the site.

Approve release of BB&T Letter of Credit No. 992007059 in the amount of $66,156.77 for work completed in association with the Hampden Summit Phase IV project.

Authorize execution of the Stormwater Facilities Construction and Maintenance Agreement and authorize Herbert, Rowland & Grubic, Inc to act as the Township’s agent to apply for a PennDOT Highway Occupancy Permit for the Hampden Greene project.

Authorize execution of the Stormwater Facilities Construction and Maintenance Agreement and authorize Alpha Consulting Engineers to act as the Township’s agent to apply for a PennDOT Highway Occupancy Permit for the Cumberland Valley School District project.
Authorize a time extension to Contract No. 2016-03 – Traffic Signal Pole Replacement with C.M. High, Inc. to February 8, 2017.

Adopt Resolution No. 2016-37 to amend the traffic signal permit at the intersection of Marketplace Way and Valley Road.

Approve Detraglia Excavating Inc. proposal for Sanitary Sewer Repair in the amount not to exceed $9,200.00, the lowest of three quotes received.

Authorize execution of Service Agreement to provide MS-4 assistance to Lower Allen Township subject to staff availability.

Approve Pay Estimate No. 17 to Pennsy Supply in the amount of $457,227.14 for the 2015/2016 Street Resurfacing Project.

Approve Pay Estimate No. 8 to National Water Main Cleaning Company in the amount of $30,325.00 for the 2015/2016 Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation Project.

Approve Pay Estimate No. 2 to National Water Main Cleaning Company in the amount of $234,798.75 for the 2016 Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation Project.



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 December 1, 2016 Board of Commissioners Meeting, the Board took action to:  


Approve a Hampden Township Bank Loan Proposal to refinance some existing debt.

Approve conditional appointment of Ashley Mixell to the position of Part-Time EMT, to serve a six month probationary period effective as soon as possible.

Adopt the 2017 budget.

Adopt Ordinance No. 2016-11, an ordinance fixing the tax rates for the year 2017.

Approve Resolution No. 2016-36, a resolution establishing fees for various Township services and building and land development/subdivision fees for 2017.

Adopt Ordinance No. 2016-12, an ordinance appropriating specific sums estimated to be required for the specific purpose of the municipal government during the year 2017.

Approve the 2017 Employee Compensation Package and the 2017 Employee Benefits Package and authorize associated changes to Appendix A of the Personnel Policies and Procedures Manual.

Request authorization for a reduction in the Irrevocable Letter of Credit posted by S&T Bank on behalf of Mount Zion Associates to $110,421.47 in accordance with the terms of the Road Participation Agreement.

Approve Ordinance No. 2016-13, an agreement between Silver Spring Township and Hampden Township with respect to code inspection at the proposed Cumberland Valley School District education facility located in both Townships.

Conditionally approve the 2017 Appointments/Reappointments to various Boards, Commissions and Authorities.

Approve the 2017 Municipal Domestic Animal Protective Service Agreement with the Human Society of Harrisburg Area.

Approve the waiver of rental fee for the 2017 Shamrock Shuffle event.

Adopt Tuesday, October 31, 2017 as Trick or Treat Night for Hampden Township.

Approve disposal of documents in accordance with the Township’s records retention policy.

Approve the Warrants Payable for the month of November 2016.

Cancel the December 6, 2016 meeting with the next regularly scheduled meeting to be held on December 29, 2016.

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.