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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 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 @ for additional information 

Yard Waste Recycling

The yard waste facility remains open from 7:00 AM to 3:00 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, 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.


At its July 1, 2021 meeting, the Board of Commissioners took the following actions to: 

Approve a Resolution for a Comprehensive Plan Future Land Use Map amendment from 4035 Real Estate Holdings, LLC to change a .51 acre parcel of land located at 10 Oak Avenue from Residential Low Density to Urban Mixed Use.

Approve 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.

Approve full-time, regular employment for Justin Groelly, Public Works Maintenance Worker I, to serve a six-month probationary period as soon as practicable.

Approve full-time, regular employment for Tye Beaver, Public Works Wastewater Worker I, to serve a six-month probationary period as soon as practicable.

Approve full-time, regular employment for Jacob Lesher, Public Works Wastewater Worker I, to serve a six-month probationary period as soon as practicable.

Conditionally appoint David Oaster to the position of Hampden Township Patrol Officer, upon completion of Act 120 certification, to serve a one-year probationary period of employment in accordance with the terms and conditions set forth in the Hampden Township Police Association Collective Bargaining Agreement and the Policies and Procedures Manual.

Accept the voluntary resignation from Trisha McClain-Myers, Police Civilian Support Staff II, effective July 9, 2021 and authorize advertisement to fill the vacancy.

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

Authorize the purchase of a 2022 Ford 350 Pick Up Service Body from Fred Beans Ford at a cost not to exceed $38,727.00 through Co-Stars Contract No. 025-362 and a 2022 Ford 350 pick up truck from Fred Beans Ford through Co-Starts Contract No. 025-362  at a cost not to exceed $31,410.00 (total cost $70,137.00) and upfit both vehicles by AJ's Truck and Trailer Center through Co-Stars Contract No. 025-129 at a cost not to exceed $13,815.50 for the Service Body and $13,102.20 for the pick up truck (total cost $26,917.50). 

Authorize the replacement of a generator fuel tank for Pump Station No. 8  at a cost not to exceed $15,591.00 by Cleveland Brothers Equipment Co., Inc., the lowest of three competitive quotes. 

Reaffirm approval and execution of  the Department of Treasury Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds and Assurances of Compliance With Civil Rights Requirements agreements associated with the American Recovery Plan.

Authorize acceptance of a proposal from D. E. Gemmill for street line-striping and pavement markings at various intersections throughout the Township at a cost not to exceed $35,900.00 through Council of Governments Bid.

Approve  Pay Estimate No. 1 in the amount of $59,671.26 to Gannett Fleming for work associated with the 2021 Sanitary Sewer Replacement Project.

Authorize approval and execution of an Amendment to the Biosolids Transportation and Utilization Service Agreement with Synagro Central, LLC. The amendment provides for a two (2) year extension of the existing contract with no cost increase.

Authorize advertisement of a revision to Chapter 15 of the Codified Ordinances to include a stop sign at the intersection of Armitage Way and Armitage Way ( a loop street).

Reaffirm approval and execution of Resolution No. 2021-16 authorizing submission of documents to the PA Department of Transportation on behalf of Hampden Township.

Reaffirm approval and execution of a Commonwealth and Municipal Traffic Signal Maintenance Agreement subject to Solicitor and staff review.

Accept dedication of additional right-of-way along 4957 Carlisle Pike for the Carlisle Pike-Sporting Hill Road Improvement Project.

Adopt Ordinance No. 2021-05 amending Chapter 13, Part 1 of the Hampden Township Code of Ordinances with respect to Soliciting and Peddling Licenses.  

Approve a waiver and refund of the Township’s permit fee for installation of a public safety radio tower owned by Cumberland County.  The new tower will replace the existing tower adjacent to Lamb’s Gap Road in the state game lands. Based upon reported cost of construction, the permit fee would be $9,619.50.

Authorize advertisement of bid specifications for various proposed improvements at the Hampden Township Veterans Recognition Park.  Project partially funded by a Department of Conservation and Natural Resources park grant.

Approve an Adopt a Highway/Recreation Area agreement with Hampden Township Democratic Club for Skyport Road and Creekview North Park.

Authorize Intent to Award, Notice of Award and Notice to Proceed to Pennsy Supply, Inc. at a cost not to exceed $235,752.55 for the Carlisle Pike and Sporting Hill Road intersection improvement project, subject to Solicitor and staff review and approval.

Accept the monthy report from Police Chief Junkin.

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

Approve warrants payable for the month of June.

Approve the meeting minutes for May 27, 2021.

Confirm the next Board of Commissioners meeting is to be held on July 29, 2021.





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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