Manager's Corner

Current News - Last Revised:

November 25, 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 November 21, 2019 Board of Commissioners Meeting, the Board took action to:  

Approve Ordinance No. 2019-16, rezoning two lots along Mt. Zion Drive in the existing Office Park (O-P) District to Commercial Park Limited (C-PL) District.

Approve Ordinance No. 2019-17, amending Chapter 27, eliminating Residential Hotels as a permitted use in the Commercial General and Commercial Limited districts.

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

Refer to the December 12, 2019 Planning Commission Meeting a request for consideration of a Zoning Ordinance Text Amendment to Chapter 27, Part 17, Section 17.21 pertaining to the regulation of signs on a hospital and medical campus. Request submitted by Penn State Health.

Accept an offer for a time limit extension until February 28, 2020 from RGS Associates for the Preliminary/Final Land Development Plan for Picking Estates, Planning Commission file #18-11-01.


 Public Works Department

At the November 21, 2019 Board of Commissioners Meeting, the Board took action to:

Deny dedication of certain streets within the Grandon Farms Development.

Approve Resolution Nos. 2019-39 and 2019-40 for traffic signal modifications associated with the Penn State Health Hampden Medical Center Project subject to Traffic Engineer review and approval.

Accept a proposal from Gannett Fleming to complete design and construction drawings for the Caddy Shack roof modifications at a cost not to exceed $12,500.00.

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 November 21, 2019 Board of Commissioners Meeting, the Board took action to:

Approve, full-time, regular employment for Jonathan Reisinger, Community Development Code Enforcement Officer, effective November 22, 2019 as a result of successful completion of a probationary period.

Ratify Resolution Nos. 2019-36 and 2019-37, recognizing the retirements of Donn Gutshall and Tom McClarren.

Approve Resolution No. 2019-38 establishing a revised list of recyclable items (colored and clear glass; aluminum/tin cans; #1 plastic PET containers, #2 plastic HDPE containers, and containers with symbol #5; newspaper; milk and juice cartons; and corrugated cardboard of a size that will fit in the recycling container) for collection from residential dwellings effective January 1, 2020.

Approve the PA State Association of Township Commissioners 2020 membership for Hampden Township at a cost of $3,634.55.

Approve the purchase of $50.00 gift cards for the Hampden Township Volunteer Fire Company “Active Duty Members” at a cost not to exceed $2,000.00.

Approve the Workshop Meeting Minutes of October 23, 2019 and Meeting Minutes of October 30, 2019.

Approve the Warrants Payable for the month of November 2019.

Approve the next Board of Commissioners meeting to be held on Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at 5:30 p.m.

Approve conditional appointment of Thomas Frey to the position of Public Works Department Small Engine Mechanic, Grade 6/7, to serve a six-month probationary period effective as soon as practicable.

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 #6 - $40,770.00.

Approve Change Order #5 to eciConstruction in the add amount of $1,230.00; Change Order #6 to eciConstruction for the add amount of $568.00; Change Order #8 to eciConstruction for the add amount of $1,718.00; Change Order #1 to Mid-State Mechanical for the add amount of $14,915.00; Change Order #2 to Mid-State Mechanical for the deduct amount of $4,584.00; Change Order #3 to Mid-State Mechanical for the deduct amount of $4,432.00; and Change Order #4 to Mid-State Mechanical for the add amount of $220.00 for the New Municipal Building.

Approve a contract amendment with Kimmel Bogrette to modify the proposed raingarden at the New Municipal Building at a cost not to exceed $7,815.00.

Approve a contract with Dawood Engineering at a cost not to exceed $73,900.00 as the traffic engineer for traffic improvements along the Carlisle Pike at the 581 overpass to the intersection with S. Sporting Hill Road.  Project partially funded by a $400,000.00 grant.

Approve the Hampden Township 2020 Meeting Schedule.  Meeting dates will be publically advertised and added to the website in late December.

Approve the 2020 Hampden Township Trick or Treat Night on Thursday, October 29, 2020 with a rain date of Saturday, October 31, 2020.

Approve the 2020 Fun Food Fest and Fireworks on Saturday, June 27, 2020 with a rain date of Sunday, June 28, 2020.

Authorize Township staff and Solicitor to prepare and advertise competitive bid documents for the possible sale of the existing Township Municipal Building.

Approve sending letters of opposition to State Officials regarding House Bill 1862 regarding EMS billing services.

Approve sending letters of support to State Officials regarding House Bill 1347 regarding EMS billing services.



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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