Manager's Corner

Current News - Last Revised: January 5, 2021

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 remains open from 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday, 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, 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 April 1, 2021 Meeting, the Board of Commissioners took the following actions to: 

Approve a Zoning Ordinance Text Amendment to Chapter 27, Part 13, Section 1303 to allow Kennels, Animal Hospitals and Pet Shops within the Commercial Limited Zoning District.

Refer to the Planning Commission a request for a Zoning Ordinance Map Amendment from 4035 Real Estate Holdings, LLC to rezone a .51 acre parcel of land located at 10 Oak Avenue from Residential Suburban to Commercial Limited/Mixed Use East Overlay District.

Approve, with conditions, a Preliminary/Final and Subdivision Land Development Plan for 3820-3900 Market Street submitted by Integrated Development Partners, LLC.

Approve, with conditions, a Final Land Development Plan for Penn State Health Hampden Medical Center-Phase 2A located at Wentworth Corporate Center, submitted by Snyder, Secary & Associates, LLC.

Approve, with conditions, a Preliminary/Final Subdivision and Land Development Plan for Garbrick Tract located at 6150 Souvenir Drive, submitted by Alpha Consulting Engineers, Inc.

Approve, with conditions, a Preliminary/Final Subdivision and Land Development Plan for Members 1st Outparcels located at 5000 Marketplace Way.

Approve full-time, regular employment for Steven Stilo, Sr., Assistant Fire Administration Officer, effective April 13, 2021 upon successful completion of a probationary period.

Approve full-time, regular employment for Joshua George, Public Works Maintenance Worker I, effective April 21, 2021 upon successful completion of a probationary period.

Accept the voluntary resignation of Stephen Gabert, Public Works Department Wastewater Utility Worker I, effective March 3, 2021 and authorize advertisement to fill the vacancy.

Accept the voluntary resignation of Robert Welsh, Public Works Department Maintenance  Worker I, effective April 2, 2021 and authorize advertisement to fill the vacancy.

Accept the voluntary resignation of Sherri Chippo, Ph.D., from the Hampden Township Planning Commission effective March 8, 2021.

Approve a list of part-time/seasonal employees for various Township departments.

Appoint Brooke Washburn as a Hampden Township Volunteer Fire Company Fire Police member.

Task the Civil Service Commission with conducting oral exams and certifying an eligibility list for the vacant Patrol Officer position(s).

Approve a revised agreement with Pennsylvania American Water Company for collection procedures on past due sanitary sewer accounts contingent upon staff and Solicitor review and approval.

Ratify participation in the annual Keystone Purchasing Network fuel procurement contract.

Approve Resolution No. 21-08 accepting dedication of a certain portion of Bali Hai Road subject to an acceptable deed of dedication being approved by the Township Solicitor and Public Works Director.

Accept an offer of a Time Limit Extension from BL Companies for the Discount Grocer Preliminary/Final Subdivision and Land Development from April 14, 2021 to June 13, 2021.

Approve a request for a recording time limit extension for the Cumberland Tech Park Lot 4A plan to April 30, 2022, subject to receipt of appropriate fee.

Authorize release of Travelers Casualty and Surety Bond Company of America Bond No. 106111195 in the amount of $184,889.03 for Sporting Hill Villas Phase I. Project is complete.

Approve the denial of release of remaining financial security for the Hampden Greene project. Project is not complete.

Authorize release of financial security and escrow for Street Cut Permit No. 2019-31 in the amount not to exceed $2,225.00.

Approve an Adopt a Highway agreement with Gary and Mary Myers for Creekview Road from Good Hope Road to Orrs Bridge Road.

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

Accept the monthy report from Police Chief Junkin.

Approve a mobile device management solution with Miradore at a cost not to exceed $2,000.00 per year.

Approve the annual membership with the Cumberland Area Economic Development Corporation Visitors Bureau in the amount of $250.00

Approve an annual membership with the Carlisle Area Chamber of Commerce in the amount of $260.00.

Approve warrants payable for the month of March.

Approve the meeting minutes for February 25, 2021.

Confirm the next Board of Commissioners meeting is to be held on April 29.

Authorize issuance of the Intent to Award, Award and Notice to Proceed with E.K. Services Inc., lowest responsible bidder, for the 2021 Sewer Rehabilitaion Project at a cost not to exceed $888,974.45, subject to staff and Solicitor review and approval.

Approve a request from Silver Spring Township on a proposed temporary road closure of Silver Spring Road with a three day detour route along Salem Church Road.

Approve a request from Cumberland County to install a boat access ramp at Conodoguinet Youth Park.

Appoint Commissioner Chippo as the liaison to the Planning Commission, Cumberland County Municipal Advisory Board, Central PA Association of Township Commissioners and  Emergency Medical Services.

Appoint Commissioner Gaspich as the liason to the Public Works Department and Recreation and Parks Department.

Appoint Toni Chase to fill the vacant position on the Civil Service Commission.

 

 

   

 

 

 

  
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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