Manager's Corner

Current News - Last Revised:

June 11, 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 May 30, 2019 Board of Commissioners Meeting, the Board took action to:  

Continue a request from Presbyterian Development, LLC regarding an amendment to the Comprehensive Plan Future Land Use Map to the June 27, 2019 meeting.

Continue a request from Presbyterian Development, LLC for a Zoning Ordinance Map Amendment to rezone Parcel No. 10-20-1838-002 from Residential Suburban to Residential Towne to the June 27, 2019 meeting.

Approve Ordinance No. 2019-06, a Chapter 22 Ordinance Text Amendment to amend the Hampden Township Code of Ordinances with respect to various definitions, plan requirements and street design.

Table the Final Land Development Plan for Brambles West, located at the end of Crossgate Drive, to the June 27, 2019 meeting.

Table the Preliminary/Final Subdivision and Land Development for Members 1st Federal Credit Union Headquarters, located at the end of Marketplace Way.

Approve the Final Subdivision and Land Development Plan for Cumberland Technology Park Lots 13 & 14 and Harbilas Tract.

Refer to the Planning Commission’s June 13, 2019 meeting a Zoning Ordinance Text Amendment to Chapter 27, Part 16-A, Section A-3, Table M-U.1 - Permitted Uses, as subsequently amended, adding new or replacing certain uses permitted by right in the M-U Mixed Use Overlay District.


Public Works Department

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

Authorize release of Developer's Surety and Indemnity Company Bond Number 587648S in the amount of $522,307.50 for Phase II of the Trindle Spring Heights project; all work has been completed.

Deny request for release of Fulton Bank Irrevocable Standby Letter of Credit No. D004430 held for Phase I of the Laurel Ridge Estates project; work has not been completed.

Authorize reduction of Fulton Bank Irrevocable Standby Letter of Credit Number D007341 from $1,009,778.00 to $628,064.69 for work completed associated with Phase 3 of the Laurel Ridge Estates Project.

Authorize upfitting of two Ford F350 pick-up trucks by A. J.'s Truck and Trailer Center, Inc. at a cost not to exceed $19,978.36 through Co-Stars Contract No. 025-129.

Authorize replacement of a four-ton ductless split system for the Armitage Meeting Room from Enginuity at a cost not to exceed $13,928.10 through Co-Stars Contract No. 008219.

Authorize amendment to Resolution No. 2018-21 which established the 2019 Fee Resolution for Land Development Plan Review and Construction Inspections.

Emergency Services

Hampden's Emergency Medical Services Department conducts an annual drive for family and individual subscriptions to 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. Subscribers also receive Advance Life Support service from West Shore EMS.

Annual Membership fees are $120 for a household and $80 for an individual. 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) Membership Enrollment Card (View)

The Township EMS, founded in 1975, cost more than $1 million annually to operate and is staffed round-the-clock by paid professional EMTs who answer around 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 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. If an evacuation is ever required, Township Police and Fire Police will assume control. 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 May 30, 2019 Board of Commissioners Meeting, the Board took action to:

Approve Ordinance No. 2019-07 Ordinance authorizing and approving, among other things, the issuance by the Township of its General Obligation Bonds, Series of 2019, in a maximum principal amount of $30,000,000, with proceeds thereof to be applied toward the refunding of certain outstanding indebtedness of the Township and the funding of certain capital projects of the Township, as further set forth in the Ordinance.Ratify the hiring of seasonal employees for the Recreation and Public Works Departments.

Ratify Resolution Nos. 2019-11 and 2019-12 recognizing Thomas Chase, Jr. and Domenico Mirarchi as 2018/2019 Junior Commissioners.

Approve Resolution No. 2019-14, recognizing Adam Michael Dundorf for obtaining the rank of Eagle Scout.

Declare as surplus items to be sold at the CAPCOG Auction.

Approve payment of dues to the West Shore Chamber of Commerce.

Approve a survey of the Carlisle Pike at a cost not to exceed $5,000 in association with the CFA Grant award.

Approve copies of Hampden Township Municipal Building project to be printed by Kimmel Bogrette.

Approve a request for donations of two greens fees, excluding cart rentals, to the Army Heritage Center Foundation.

Approve a waiver request for use of the meeting room at Armitage Golf Club from the Fraternal Order of Police.

Approve a request from the Hampden Aquatic Club for pool party events contingent upon payment to the Township for all associated staff and lighting costs.

Approve a Memorandum of Understanding with the Borough of Mechanicsburg for purposes specifically relating to Capital Area Summer League Championship Swim meets at either of the two municipal swimming facilities in July of each year.

Approve the Warrants Payable for the month of May 2019.

Approve Resolution No. 2019-15, recognizing Thomas Speck upon the occasion of his retirement.

Conditionally appoint Michael Winkelman to the position of Sergeant effective as soon as practical, serving a one-year probationary period, in accordance with the terms and conditions set forth in the Hampden Township Police Association Collective Bargaining Agreement and the Policies and Procedures Manual, as applicable.  Michael Winkelman is appropriately listed on the May 13, 2019 Eligibility List certified by the Hampden Township Civil Service Commission.  The conditional appointment is contingent upon satisfactory completion of a physical and psychological medical examinations to be conducted by vendors of the Township’s choosing.  Except as otherwise provided in the collective bargaining agreement, nothing in this conditional appointment shall create a contract of employment for any period of time.  

Approve sending a letter to the Cumberland County Commissioners in opposition to the Community Development Block Grant.
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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