Manager's Corner

Current News - Last Revised:

October 2, 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 September 26, 2019 Board of Commissioners Meeting, the Board took action to:  

Approve Ordinance No. 2019-14, amending Chapter 27, section 16-A-3, Table M-U.1 regarding permitted uses in the Mixed Use Zoning District. 

Approve, with conditions, the Final Land Development Plan for Good Hope Office Park – Building #3, located at 1824 Good Hope Road.

Approve, with conditions, the Preliminary/Final Land Development Plan for Hilton-Diminick Orthodontics located at 4850 Woodland Drive.

Approve, with conditions, the Preliminary/Final Land Development Plan for Legend of Silver Creek – Personal Care Home, located at 415 and 375 Lamb’s Gap Road.

Approve, with conditions, the Preliminary/Final Subdivision Plan for Over Lands of Donato & Patricia A. Giusti, located at 6200 Westover Drive.

Table the Revised Final Land Development Plan for Penn State Health Hampden Medical Center, located at the Wentworth Corporate Center – Lot #1.

Accept an offer for a time limit extension until February 28, 2020 from Integrated Development Partners for the Preliminary/Final Land Development Plan for Hampden Terminal Apartments, Planning Commission File #19-07-03.

Accept an offer for a time limit extension until February 28, 2020 from Advantage Engineering Services, LLC for the Preliminary/Final Subdivision and Land Development Plan for Village of Copperleaf, Planning Commission File #19-07-01.

Accept an offer for a time limit extension until February 28, 2020 from Advantage Engineering Services, LLC for the Preliminary/Final Land Development Plan for Jasper Ridge, Planning Commission File #19-05-01.

Approve an extension to the conditions deadline until September 30, 2020 from H. Edward Black and Associates, Ltd. for the Preliminary Subdivision and Land Development Plan for Cumberland Technology Park Lots 13 & 14 and Harbilas Tract, Planning Commission File #16-11-01, in order to meet conditions of approval subject to payment of applicable fees.

Approve an extension to a recording deadline until September 30, 2020 from H. Edward Black and Associates, Ltd. for the Phase 1 Final Subdivision and Land Development Plan for Cumberland Technology Park Lots 13 & 14 and Harbilas Tract, Planning Commission, File #17-03-01, in order to meet conditions of approval subject to payment of applicable fees.

Direct the Township Solicitor to draft and advertise a text amendment concerning the elimination of the Residential Hotel Use in the Commercial General and Commercial Limited Districts.



 Public Works Department

At the September 26, 2019 Board of Commissioners Meeting, the Board took action to:

Approve reduction of First National Bank Irrevocable Standby Letter of Credit No. 3008 from $945,818.80 to $177,874.34 for work completed associated with the Cumberland Valley School Project.

Approve reduction of Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. Irrevocable Standby Letter of Credit No. IS000004568U from $835,652.53 to $112,043.41 for work completed associated with the 5600 Carlisle Pike Project.

Approve release of inspection balance for Street Cut Permit No. 2018-60 – 35 Eastgate Drive - $472.50, No. 2018-61 - 3530 Countryside Lane - $472.50; No. 2018-62 - 891 Mandy Lane - $472.50 and 2018-63 - 3536 Countryside Lane - $472.50; projects complete.

Authorize purchase of a 10-foot V Box Spreader from E.M. Kutz, Inc. at a cost not to exceed $26,112.00 through Co-Stars Contract No. 025-053.

Authorize sale of 1988 Pierce Lance Pumper to Tpcontracting in the amount of $7,500.00, apparent high bidder through Municibid.

Approve Findley Construction proposal to pave cart paths at Armitage Golf Club at a cost not to exceed $7,000.00 and purchase materials from Pennsy Supply at a cost not to exceed $17,000.00 through state contract.  

Approve the purchase of four golf carts for Armitage Golf Club from Golf Car Specialties at a cost not to exceed $18,640.00 through Co-Stars .  

Authorize request for design and specifications to construct a training pad at Good Hope Fire Station.

Approve the purchase of gate operator from Security Fence Company at a cost not to exceed $9,725.00 through Co-Stars Contract No. 008-148 and purchase of electric supplies from Capital Tri-State Electric at a cost not to exceed $4,311.00

Approve Pay Estimate No. 1-Final in the amount of $16,650.00 to C.M. High, Inc, for work associated with the traffic signal pole replacement at the intersection of Carlisle Pike and Skyport Road; project is complete.

Approve Pay Estimate No. 3 in the amount of $1,079,431.43 to Pennsy Supply, Inc. for work associated with the 2019 Street Resurfacing Project and Change Order No. 1 reducing the total project value to $1,954,133.49.

Approve a Change Order for roadway line striping in the amount of $1,178.90 with Alpha Control, Inc. through the CAPCOG Bid.

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 September 26, 2019 Board of Commissioners Meeting, the Board took action to:

Approve an Eagle Scout project proposed by Liam Anderson.

Approve, full-time, regular employment for Dennis Heisey, Public Works Department MS-4 Coordinator, effective October 10, 2019, as a result of successful completion of a probationary period.

Approve conditional appointment of Cody Beaver to the position of Network Technician, Grade 7/8, to serve a six-month probationary period effective as soon a practicable.

Accept the voluntary retirement of Donn Gutshall, Public Works Department Fleet Division Superintendent, effective December 17, 2019, and authorize advertisement to fill the position.

Accept the voluntary retirement of Thomas McClarren, Public Works Department Small Engine Mechanic, effective December 17, 2019.

Approve the hiring of a part-time employee for the EMS Department.

Approve Ordinance No. 2019-15, amending Chapter 2, Part 1.A of the Township of Hampden Code of Ordinances concerning dogs, and Chapter 16, Part 1, Appendix A to permit dogs in certain Township Parks.

Authorize Chief Flinn III of the Hampden Township Volunteer Fire Company to coordinate with Cumberland County implementation of new CAD fire response boxes in the Township.

Approve Resolution Nos. 2019-28 and 2019-29, recognizing Aidan Wilhelm and Tommy Jamieson for obtaining the rank of Eagle Scout.

Approve an Agreement for Mechanical Plan Review and Inspection Services with Approved Code Services, Inc.

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 #3 - $945.00 and eci Construction – Pay App #4 - $284,168.17.

Approve Thomas Chase, Jr., Anika Gupta, Ben Johnson, Christian Olenick and Isabella Roy as 2019/2020 Junior Commissioners.

Authorize purchase of a new spam filter from Edgewave/GoSecure at a cost not to exceed $2,400.00.

Approve the Warrants Payable for the month of September 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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