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Manager’s Corner

Current News – Last Revised:

November 4, 2014

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 October 29, 2014 Board of Commissioners Meeting, the Board took action to:

Approve a Zoning Ordinance Map Amendment by Keys Pealers, LTD (Pealer’s Flowers) and other property owners amending Chapter 27 of the Hampden Township Zoning Ordinance.

Approve, with conditions, the Final Land Development/Subdivision Plan for Mechanicsburg Family Dentistry, located at 4824 and 4826 East Trindle Road.

Accept H. Edward Black and Associates, Ltd.’s proposal to approve a time extension on the Preliminary/Final Subdivision and Land Development Plan for Lot 10 at Cumberland Technology Park until July 2, 2016.

Accept Madden Engineering Service’s proposal to table the Jamestown Square land development plan until further notice and approve a time extension on the plan until January 31, 2015.

Public Works Department

At the October 29, 2014 Board of Commissioners Meeting, the Board took action to:

Authorize a reduction of the INSCO Insurance Services, Inc. Letter of Credit No. 587119S from $361,988 to $99,766.00 for work completed in association with the Silver Creek at Hampden Phase III Project.

Ratify the Developer’s Agreement with Admiral’s Quay.

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 $105 for a household and $75 for an individual. The fee provides unlimited emergency calls for residents. The Township also partially funds operational expenses.

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 is underway at Armitage.  The project is scheduled for completion by the end of the year.  The bunkers will look great in the Spring of 2015 so 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 October 29, 2014 Board of Commissioners Meeting, the Board took action to:   

Approve full time, regular employment for Police Chief, Steven Junkin, effective November 10, 2014, after successful completion of a probationary period.

Approve the 2015 Tentative Budget.

Authorize advertisement of an ordinance appropriating specific sums estimated to be required for the specific purpose of the municipal government during the year 2015.

Authorize advertisement of an ordinance fixing the tax rates, confirming sewer rates and adopting trash rates for the year 2015.

Task the Civil Service Commission with certification of an eligibility list to fill up to three Patrol Officer positions.

Approve the Proposal Letter from The PFM Group to serve as Independent Financial Advisor for Hampden Township with respect to the potential upcoming financing for capital projects.

Authorize a contract with Pennsylvania Telephone Products to install a phone and voicemail system at Good Hope Station at a cost not to exceed $6,350.00.

Approve the 2015 Township Meeting Schedule.

Appoint Lily Hess, Madeleine O’Neil, Ann-Queen Sedhom and Eric Gaspich for the 2014-2015 Junior Commissioner Term.

Approve a request for a donation from Cumberland Valley Eagle Foundation.

Approve the Warrants Payable for the month of October 2014.

Cancel the November 4, 2014 meeting with the next regularly scheduled meeting to be held on Tuesday, November 25, 2014.

As a reminder, if you belong to a club or civic association which desires to participate in the Township’s Adopt-A-Highway Program, please click here to obtain the details about the program and complete an application.

Please remember that trees must be trimmed to a height of 8 feet above all sidewalks and 12-1/2 feet above all streets. The sole purpose of this ordinance is for the safety of pedestrians and larger vehicles which must navigate our streets, particularly emergency services vehicles and street sweepers.

We would like to remind everyone that, if you have a fire hydrant on your property, welcomed or not, it is the property owner’s responsibility to maintain the area surrounding the fire hydrant to keep it clear of all obstruction. This includes grass, weeds and, unfortunately, snow. We appreciate your cooperation and hope that you realize the work that you put in greatly enhances your safety and that of your neighbors.

Please be aware of the requirement to have your dog licensed annually. Dog licenses can be purchased at the Hampden Township Municipal Building. Please see our receptionist to complete an application and obtain a license.

Meals on Wheels is a charitable organization that helps many residents within the Township and the Commissioners have agreed to proportionately support this program in order to assist our needy, less-fortunate neighbors.  The “Meals on Wheels” program needs drivers on the West Shore.

 

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.