Manager's Corner

Current News - Last Revised:

November 7, 2019

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 30, 2019 Board of Commissioners Meeting, the Board took action to:  

Approve, with conditions, the Preliminary/Final Land Development Plan for Penn State Health Hampden Medical Center, located at the Wentworth Corporate Center – Lot #1.

Table the Preliminary/Final Land Development Plan for Belco Community Credit Union, located on Lot 5A Mount Zion Drive.

Authorize acceptance of a plan recording time extension to May 1, 2020 from H. Edward Black and Associates, Inc. for the Cumberland Technology Park Lot 4A Preliminary Subdivision and Land Development Plan, subject to receipt of appropriate fees.


 Public Works Department

At the October 30, 2019 Board of Commissioners Meeting, the Board took action to:

Authorize purchase of a 5,000-gallon brine tank from Independent Ag Equipment, Inc. at a cost not to exceed $3,900.00 through State Contract No. 440001, $3,451.92, Tennco, Inc. at a cost not to exceed $1,094.80, and Grainger at a cost not to exceed $1,320.48.

Approve the purchase of an automobile diagnostic scanner from Snap On Inc. at cost not to exceed $3,795.00 through State Contract No. 4400018025.

Approve purchase of LED lights from Schaedler Yesco Distribution at a cost not to exceed $43,781.00 through Co Stars Contract No. 008-024 for installation at various Township owned facilities.

Approve the purchase of a Post Puller/Storm Drain Grate Lifter at a cost not to exceed $4,805.00 from Diversified Product Development.

Approve the purchase of a sewage grinder pump for Pump Station No. 4 at a cost not to exceed $20,079.56 from JWC Environmental through Co-Stars Contract No. 016-139.

Approve payment for work associated with the Hampden Township Veterans Park to Bazella Group at a cost of $20,500.00, Agar Welding Service & Steel Supply, Inc. at a cost of $2,175.00, and Pennsy Supply, Inc. at a cost of $11,420.65 subject to a reimbursement agreement with the Hampden Township Veterans Recognition Committee.

Approve Pennsylvania American Water Company 125-foot eight-inch water main extension on Terrace Road.

Approve Pay Estimate No. 4 - Final in the amount of $84,751.80 to Pennsy Supply, Inc., for work associated with the 2019 Street Resurfacing Project; project is complete and approve Change Order #1 reducing the contract by $1,394,540.81.

Approve Pay Estimate No. 1 in the amount of $133,030.81 to Mr. Rehab LLC for work associated with the 2019 Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation Project.

Approve Pay Estimate No. 1 in the amount of $62,855.68 to National Water Main Cleaning Company for work associated with the 2019 Inlet Rehabilitation Project.

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 October 30, 2019 Board of Commissioners Meeting, the Board took action to:

Approve the voluntary resignation of Al Bienstock as President of the Board of Commissioners.

Approve Commissioner John Thomas as President, Commissioner Nathan Silcox as Vice President and Commissioner John Gaspich as Assistant Secretary of the Hampden Township Board of Commissioners.

Approve Resolution No. 2019-35 recognizing and respecting the uniqueness and diversity of all persons. 

Accept the voluntary retirement of Jeffrey Snyder, Police Department Sergeant, effective January 28, 2020.

Accept the voluntary early retirement of Glenn MaGatz, Plan Review Inspection Superintendent, effective January 21, 2020, and authorize advertisement to fill the position.

Approve the hiring of a part-time Civilian Support Staff for the Police Department upon a satisfactory completion of a background check.

Approve the 2020 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 2020.

Authorize advertisement of an ordinance fixing the tax rates, confirming sewer rates and adopting trash rates for the year 2020.

Approve Resolution Nos. 2019-31, 2019-32, 2019-33 and 2019-34, recognizing Jacob Maier, Jack Clerkin, Luke Vernon and Ben Tokarz.

Ratify Resolution No. 2019-30, recognizing all of the past and present members of the Hampden Township Veterans Recognition Committee for their work and dedication to raising funds and overseeing the development of the Hampden Township Veterans Park.

Progress Report for the new municipal building and approval of invoices and any change orders in accordance with the terms of the construction contract.

Approve purchase of a Cole-Parmer police lab exhaust hood and storage base cabinet in the amount of $8,327.14

Approve the 2020 Municipal Domestic Animal Protective Service Agreement with the Humane Society of Harrisburg Area.

Approve the Department of Public Safety Pre-Planned Municipal Response System Letter of Authorization.

Approve a request for a donation of two greens fees, excluding cart rentals, to the United Cerebral Palsy Foundation of Central PA.

Approve a request from the Hampden Aquatic Club for use of the Hampden Pool in 2020.

Approve the Warrants Payable for the month of October 2019.

The next Board of Commissioners meeting is to be held on Thursday, November
21, 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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