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Manager’s Corner

Current News – Last Revised:

July 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

June Planning Commission Meeting was cancelled.

Public Works Department

At the June 30, 2016 Board of Commissioners Meeting, the Board took action to:

Authorize issuance of Notice of Award, Agreement and Notice to Proceed to C.M. High, Inc. for Contract No. 2016-03 for Traffic Signal Pole Replacement – Intersection of Carlisle Pike and Brondle Boulevard at a cost of $61,800.00, contingent upon review and approval of bonding, insurances and contract agreement by staff and Solicitor.

Authorize sale of 2000 Kovatch Truck, KME Renegade XLFD Walk Around Rescue, Contract No. 2016-01 through Municibid, to James Wessel, highest bidder, at an offer of $63,100.00 contingent upon review and approval of Township Solicitor.

Approve Resolution No. 2016-14 for Hawks Landing regarding dedication of streets contingent upon submission of a five (5) year maintenance security and approval from the Township Solicitor.

Approve the purchase of a ProCore 864 64″ Aerator from Turf Equipment and Supply at a cost of $26,525.94, through Co-Stars Contract 4400013056.

Approve payment to Pennsy Supply Incorporated for estimate No. 12 for the 2015/2016 Street Resurfacing Project in the amount of $1,397,945.42.

Approve payment to National Water Main Cleaning Company for estimate No. 3 for the 2015/2016 Sanitary Sewer Lateral Lining Project in the amount of $95,850.00.

Approve Change Order No. 2 to Doli Construction in the amount of $88,262.30

Approve Payment No. 2 to Doli Construction in the amount of $115,192.50.

Approve execution of Completion Certificates to Doli Construction.

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 June 30, 2016 Board of Commissioners Meeting, the Board took action to:   

Approve appointment of Shawn Fullerton as Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator.

Approve Ordinance No. 2016-03, establishing Key Lock Box requirements.

Approve Ordinance No. 2016-04, establishing Preplanning Submission requirements.

Authorize issuance of the latest version of the Caddy Shack Lease subject to execution of the lease by the lessee and approval by the Township Solicitor and Manager.

Authorize staff to finalize the draft version of the Land Use Study Scope of Work incorporating the Department of Defense and Naval Support Activity revisions.

Approve staff applying for the Multimodal Transportation Fund Grant, contingent upon receiving notification about status of prior grant submissions from the Commonwealth Financing Agency.

Approve a request from Cumberland Valley School District for a letter of support for grant funding from the Department of Community and Economic Development.

Approve an Adopt-a-Highway request from Dick Bareuther for Sears Run Road.

Approve a proposal for Township property appraisal services from Helsel Inc., Realtors at a cost not to exceed $3,000.00.

Approve a request from Pennsylvania United Cricket Association.

Approve the purchase of a changeable message sign in conjunction with Cumberland Valley School District.

Ratify Resolution No. 2016-17 for Greenways, Trails and Recreation Programs Grant.

Approve a request for a donation of a family pool pass to the Hampden Township Veteran’s Recognition Committee.

Approve the Warrants Payable for the month of June 2016.

Cancel the July 5, 2016 meeting with the next regularly scheduled meeting to be held on July 28, 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.