Manager's Corner

Current News

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

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 Penn State Health Life Lion.

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 lives 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,extra batteries, water and non-perishable food along with any prescribed medicines in your home.

Armitage Golf Club

Armitage Golf Club, routinely voted as “Simply The Best” public course, offers Corporate 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.

SEE OUR SEPARATE WEBSITE @ http://www.armitagegolfclub.com for additional information 

Yard Waste Recycling

The Yard Waste Facility is currently open weekdays from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The facility will also be open the first and third Saturday of each month through the first Saturday of January 2022 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The facility is closed on holidays (including holiday weekends such as Saturday, July 3 due to the 4th of July) and during inclement weather.  For complete details on the Yard Waste Facility, click here

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, County and Township are separate taxing bodies and the Township receives no tax revenue from the School District or County and there is no revenue sharing between them.

Miscellaneous

At its January 3, 2022 meeting, the Board of Commissioners took the following actions: 

Oath of Office administered by Magisterial District Judge Silcox to Commissioners Sherri B. Chippo, John P. Gaspich, Jr. and Nathan P. Silcox.

Oath of Office administered by Magisterial District Judge Silcox to Tax Collector Alexandria Huber.

Oath of Office administered by Magisterial District Judge Silcox to Hampden Township Constable Brock Warner.

Appoint John V. Thomas as the Temporary Chairperson of the Board of Commissioners.

Appoint Nathan P. Silcox to the Office of President of the Hampden Township Board of Commissioners.

Appoint Sherri P. Chippo to the Office of Vice President of the Hampden Township Board of Commissioners.

Reappoint John P. Gaspich, Jr. to the Office of Assistant Secretary of the Hampden Township Board of Commissioners.

Reappoint Keith B. Metts as the Township Manager/Secretary.

Reappoint Keith O. Brenneman, Law Office of Keith O. Brenneman, P.C., as the Township Solicitor.

Reappoint Jennifer Caron, Eckert Seamans, as the Township Bond Counsel.

Reappoint Bob Conrad and appoint Fred Shadel to the Golf Advisory Board.

Reappoint Christine Line to the Planning Commission.

Reappoint Matthew Todaro to the Sewer Authority.

Reappoint Erik Hume to the Vacancy Board.

Appoint John V. Thomas and Jim Ross to the Industrial Decvelopment Authority.

Reappoint Carolyn Pfeifer as the Township’s representative to the Fredricksen Library.

Oath of Office administered by Magisterial District Judge Silcox to Patrol Officer David Oaster.

Approve advertising a Public Hearing on February 24, 2022 for a proposed Zoning Ordinance Text Amendment to Chapter 27, Part 20, Section 2001 to allow for shared parking calculations for Multi-Use Facilities.

Approve conditional appointment of Bryan Kisner to fill a vacancy for a full-time EMT position, effective January 21, 2022, to serve a six month probationary period.

Approve, full-time, regular employment for Jacob Lesher, Public Works Wastewater Worker I, effective January 19, 2022, as a result of successful completion of a probationary period.

Approve Pay Estimate No. 5 to Pennsy Supply in the amount of $142,635.97 for work completed associated with the 2021 Street Resurfacing Project.

Authorize purchase of two (2) hybrid police interceptors from Fred Beans Ford at a cost not to exceed $74,187.00 through Co-Stars Contract No. 013-204.

Authorize purchase of a Ford Explorer from Fred Beans Ford at a cost not to exceed $30,225.00 through Co-Stars Contract No. 026-144.

Approve the sale of three (3) surplus service weapons previously used by the Hampden Township Police Department to the most responsive bidder, Stuart Odell, in the amount of $1,130.00. The weapons were declared as surplus and publicly advertised for competitive bids to any eligible party.

Approve Resolution 2022-01 declaring as surplus a 2003 KME Fire Engine and authorize advertisement for competitive bids to sell the apparatus.

Approve Resolution 2022-02 declaring as surplus three (3) out of service Police Department Tasers and authorize destruction of them in accordance with recommended disposal practices.

Approve the 2022 Board of Commissioners’ meeting Ordinance No. 2022-01.

Approve certification for the Active Duty Hampden Township Volunteer Firefighter Local Earned Income Tax Credit in recognition of their commitment and volunteer service to the community.

Reaffirm the Solicitor’s approval, execution and submission of the settlement participation documents in the National Prescription Opioid Litigation with respect to the Johnson & Johnson/Jansen settlement, the distributor settlement and the Pennsylvania Intrastate Allocation Participation Trust Order.

Approve Resolution 2022-03 supporting the owner’s request to include a property at 295 Pine Hill Road, located in East Pennsboro Township, as an Agricultural Security Zone.  A portion of the property exists within Hampden Township.

Authorize release of performance security Orrstown Bank Letter of Credit No. 18-10 in the amount of $194,639.76 and remaining escrow not to exceed $36,162.75 for the Admiral’s Quay Project; maintenance security in place.

Approve Monday, October 31, 2022 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. as Trick or Treat night for Hampden Township.

Approve the warrants payable for the month of December 2021 and a portion of January 2022.

Approve the regular meeting minutes for December 2, 2021.

Confirm the next Board of Commissioners meeting is to be held on Thursday, January  27, 2022.

Accept the monthly report from Police Chief Junkin.

Authorize participation in the Cumberland County Police Testing Consortium program.

Approve the purchase of a Hook Lift body from MJR Equipment at a cost not to exceed  $265,800.00 through Co-Stars Contract No. 025-171.

Approve the purchase of a new ambulance from Phase 2 Vehicle Solutions, LLC at a cost not to exceed $266,591.00 through Co-Stars Contract No.013-179.  Purchase price reflects discounts and trade in value of a 2013 ambulance in the amount of $27,000.00

Approve advertisement of bids for lawn maintenance services at various Township-owned properties.

Approve advertisement of bids for the 2022 Township Street Resurfacing Project.

Accept the monthly report from the Public Works Director, Jeremy Miller.

Approve readvertising the sale of the old municipal building in the Real Estate section in the news media.

Approve Resolution No. 2022-04, a Resolution amending various fees for Township services in 2022.

Approve issuance of Requests For Proposals to create a Recreation Master Plan associated with the 18 acre Township-owned property located on Smith Drive.

Approve the Report on the vacating of Sterling Street.

Authorize the Solicitor to prepare and advertise an ordinance vacating Sterling Street at the appropriate time after filing of the Report in the Office of the Recorder of deeds of Cumberland County.

Authorize the execution of the shared access and maintenance agreement among Hampden  Township, Baron Ventures and Eastern Logistics, Inc.

Approve a request for a financial donation from the Mechanicsburg Area Meals on Wheels in the amount of $250.00.

                     
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 Website.

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