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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 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 @ 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 5:00 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.


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.


At its April 2, 2020 Meeting, the Board of Commissioners took the following actions to: 

Approve the full-time, regular employment of John Alexander, Golf Course Superintendent, as of March 26, 2020, as a result of successful completion of a probationary period.

Approve full-time, regular employment for Cody Beaver, Network Technician, as of April 15, 2020, as a result of successful completion of a probationary period.

Approve the notice of retirement of Michael Chittester, Public Works Department One Call Technician, effective April 7, 2020.

Accept the Progress Report for the new municipal building and approve invoices and any change orders in accordance with the terms of the construction contract.  Project remains under budget.                          

Approve the purchase and installation of a Voice Over IP phone system at the Hampden Pool, Public Works Maintenance Building and Tax Collector office with Prismworks at a cost of $7,860.66.

Approve the purchase and installation of a closed circuit television security system for the new municipal building from FCI Low Voltage Systems, Co-Stars vendor, at a cost not to exceed $20,377.00.

Approve a request from Waste Management to amend trash collection days for several Township neighborhoods to provide better service levels to all developments.  Notices will be mailed to the residents in the developments which are assigned different days of the week for collection.

Approve a proposal for professional services with Page, Wolfberg & Wirth LLC for legal consulting services associated with Hampden EMS in an amount not to exceed $7,710.00.

Table the Preliminary/Final Subdivision and Land Development Plan for Cumberland Technology Park Lot 4A Phase I, Planning Commission File #20-02-03, with a time limit deadline of May 13, 2020.

Table the Preliminary Land Development Plan for Al’s of Hampden Building Addition, Planning Commission File #20-03-02, with a time limit deadline of June 10, 2020.

Table the Preliminary/Final Subdivision Plan for Valley Road Community, Planning Commission File #20-03-01 with a time limit deadline of June 10, 2020.                      

Accept Integrated Development Partners’, on behalf of 4444 Carlisle Pike LP, formal withdraw of an application for a Preliminary Land Development Plan for the Hampden Terminal Apartments submitted initially on June 13, 2019 and later revised February 18, 2020.  The developer has submitted a new plan which will be presented at a future Planning Commission and Board of Commissioners meeting.

Approve Resolution No. 2020-09 authorizing the Township Manager to execute the Grant Agreement and all future grant related documents for the 2019 Automated Red Light Enforcement grant.  Grant funds will be used to make traffic signal modifications to existing signals along Wertzville Road.

Approve Resolution 2020-10 regarding a Department of Conservation and Natural Resources grant application for replacement of the waterslide at Hampden Pool.

Approve the Fredricksen Library Grandon Story Walk to be installed to Creekview North Recreation Area at no cost to Hampden Township.

Approve an Adopt a Highway sponsorship of Salem Church Road with Turn Key Realty Group.

Approve the conditional offer of employment for seasonal and part-time staff for various Township departments. Staff will only be scheduled to work as conditions permit and dictate.

Approve a request from Keystone Lodge #41 Fraternal Order of Police for the waiver of room rental fees at Armitage Meeting Room.

Approve annual membership with the Cumberland Area Economic Development Corporation in the amount of $250.00 and approve membership with the Carlisle Area Chamber of Commerce in the amount of $260.00.

Authorize re-advertisement of the proposed 2020 Street Resurfacing Project.

Authorize the purchase of a Swaploader Hooklift from U.S. Municipal at a cost not to exceed $209,695.00 through Co-Stars Contract No. 025-019 and the purchase of an International tandem axel chassis from Five Star International, LLC., at a cost not to exceed $108,980.00 through Co-Stars Contract No. 025-005.  Purchase price within allocated Capital Improvement budget allowance.

Accept Monthly Report from Director of Public Works Jeremy Miller.

Accept the March 2020 Monthly Report from Police Chief Junkin.

Authorize reduction of Centric Bank Irrevocable Letter of Credit No. 374 from $103,200.00 to $11, 329.18 for work completed associated with the 5130 East Trindle Road project.

Authorize reduction of F&M Trust Irrevocable Letter of Credit No. 5911 from $97,637.10 to $52,087.10 for work completed associated with the 5130 East Trindle Road project.

Deny a request for reduction of Fulton Bank Standby Letter of Credit No. D006536 for the Brandywine Extension Phase II project; work is not complete.

Deny a request for reduction of Mid Penn Bank Irrevocable Letter of Credit No. 756 for The Oaks project; work is not complete.

Approve the meeting minutes of February 27, 2020 and emergency meeting minutes of March 18, March 20 and March 30, 2020.

Approve the warrants payable for the month of March 2020.

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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