Manager's Corner

Current News - Last Revised:

September 9, 2019

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s/ Keith B. Metts, Township Manager

Planning Commission

At the August 29, 2019 Board of Commissioners Meeting, the Board took action to:  

Approve Ordinance No. 2019-13, amending Chapter 27 of the Township of Hampden Code of Ordinances with respect to live-in managers for self-service storage facilities.  Request submitted by Braam Hattingh.

Table the request from Jeanette Bish, Audrey D. Neiswender, Barbara Musselman and Nancy Ambrose for a zoning map amendment at 4550 and 4640 Mt. Zion Drive.

Approve, with conditions, the Final Land Development Plan for Brambles West located at the end of Crossgate Drive.

Approve, with conditions, the Preliminary/Final Land Development Plan for 300 South Sporting Hill Road.

Table the Final Land Development Plan for Good Hope Office Park – Building #3, located at 1824 Good Hope Road.

Table the Revised Final Land Development Plan for Penn State Health Hampden Medical Center, located at the Wentworth Corporate Center – Lot #1.

Accept an offer for a time limit extension until January 1, 2020 from RGS Associates for the Preliminary/Final Subdivision and Land Development Plan for Picking Estates, Planning Commission File #18-11-01.

Approve Resolution No. 2019-25 amending the Township's Sewage Facility Plan to account for 49 new EDUs associated with the proposed Hunter's Glen project.


 Public Works Department

At the August 29, 2019 Board of Commissioners Meeting, the Board took action to:

Approve the upfitting of two police interceptors by B. Moyer Radio Communications at a cost not to exceed $24,344.52 ($12,172.26 each) through Co-Stars Contract No.012-146 and Sweeney Signs at a cost not to exceed $1,500.00 ($750.00 each).

Approve a release of PPL Street Cut Escrows for Permit No. 2018-04 in the amount of $1,147.95, Permit No. 2018-55 in the amount of $467.80 and Permit No. 2018-92 in the amount of $414.25.

Ratify participation in the CapCOG 2019-2020 Salt Bid.

Authorize advertisement of bids for the replacement of the traffic signal pole
located at the Creekview/Lamb's Gap Roads intersection.

Approve requiring sidewalks to be constructed along the Carlisle Pike from Silver Springs Road to Salem Church Road in anticipation of PennDOT’s resurfacing project on the Carlisle Pike.  

Authorize issuance of Request for Proposals for Caddy Shack Roof Design.

Approve Findley Construction at a cost not to exceed $5,000.00 to pave cart paths for hole nos. 8 and 16 at Armitage Golf Club.

Approve revisions to the MS4 Pollutant Reduction Plan.

Approve Pay Estimate No. 2 in the amount of $724,702.06 to Pennsy Supply, Inc. for work associated with the 2019 Street Resurfacing Project.

Award the Final Phase of the Veterans Memorial to Bazella Group at a cost not to exceed $20,500.00 and to purchase the materials necessary to complete that project at a cost not to exceed $10,000.00 subject to agreement with the Veterans Recognition Committee to reimburse the Township for those costs.

Authorize extension of walking path between Indian Creek and Sleepy Hollow Developments and Sears Run Road.  Work to be performed by Township Public Works staff and lowest respective bidder.

Emergency Services

Hampden's Emergency Medical Services Department conducts an annual subscription drive to help partially 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 through a mutual aide agreement. Subscribers also receive Advance Life Support service from Geisinger EMS.

Annual Membership fee varies depending upon the number of individuals in the household.  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 (View) Subscription Enrollment Card (View)

The Township EMS, founded in 1975, cost more than $1 million annually to operate and is staffed around-the-clock by paid professional EMTs who answer approximately 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 all-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. 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.

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 August 29, 2019 Board of Commissioners Meeting, the Board took action to:

Conditionally appoint Crawford Gingrich to the position of Sergeant, effective as soon as practicable, to serve a one-year probationary period of employment in accordance with the terms and conditions set forth in the Hampden Township Police Association Collective Bargaining Agreement and the Policies and Procedures Manual, as applicable, who has been certified to the May 13, 2019 Eligibility List by the Hampden Township Civil Service Commission. Compensation to be set at the hourly rate in effect at that time. The conditional appointment is contingent upon satisfactory polygraph, physical and psychological medical examinations to be conducted by WorkNet and Dr. Louis B. Laguna respectively. Except as otherwise provided in the collective bargaining agreement, nothing in this conditional appointment shall create a contract of employment for any period of time.

Conditionally appoint Cody Phillips to the position of Patrol Officer, effective as soon as practicable, to serve a one-year probationary period of employment in accordance with the terms and conditions set forth in the Hampden Township Police Association Collective Bargaining Agreement and the Policies and Procedures Manual, as applicable, who has been certified to the July 23, 2019 Eligibility List by the Hampden Township Civil Service Commission. Compensation to be set at the hourly rate in effect at that time. The conditional appointment is contingent upon satisfactory polygraph, physical and psychological medical examinations to be conducted by WorkNet and Dr. Louis B. Laguna respectively. Except as otherwise provided in the collective bargaining agreement, nothing in this conditional appointment shall create a contract of employment for any period of time.

Accept the voluntary resignation of Philip Burton from the position of Public Works Department Duty Crew Leader effective August 27, 2019.

Authorize advertisement for a part-time Civilian Support Staff for the Hampden Township Police Department.

Ratify the hiring of seasonal employees for the Recreation and Public Works Departments.

Accept the 2020 Minimum Municipal Obligation for the Hampden Township Non-Uniformed and Uniformed Pension Plans as prepared by Mockenhaupt.

Approve a contract with Waste Management for the 2020-2022 Solid Waste and Recycling Collection Services.

Approve Ordinance No. 2019-11, authorizing entry into an Intergovernmental Cooperation Agreement with East Pennsboro Township for purposes of providing mutual fire and rescue services.

Approve Ordinance No. 2019-12, amending Chapter 16, Part 1, Appendix A of the Township of Hampden Code of Ordinances to provide rules applicable to Srouji Park.

Approve Resolution No. 2019-24 recognizing Captain Kyle Bryan upon the Change of Command to his successor.

Approve an Adopt-A-Highway agreement with Mechanicsburg North Rotary Club for Orr's Bridge Road between Wertzville Road and Creekview Road.

Approve payment applications certified by architect and recommended for payment by staff for the New Municipal Building in the following amounts:  Myco Mechanical – Pay App #2 - $10,395.00; Stouffer Mechanical – Pay App #2 - $14,400.00 and eci Construction – Pay App #3 - $516,420.36.

Approve Change Order #2 to eci Construction in the deduct amount of $4,293.00 for the New Municipal Building.

Approve Change Order #3 to eci Construction in the deduct amount of $171.00 for the New Municipal Building.

Approve a natural gas meter connection fee with UGI for $9,500.00.

Approve revisions to the Hampden Township Safety and Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure Control Manuals.

Approve the Warrants Payable for the month of August 2019.

Cancel the November 26, 2019 Board of Commissioners Meeting and approve an alternate meeting date of November 21 for advertisement.

The next Board of Commissioners meeting is to be held on September 26, 2019.


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.

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