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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 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 its February 27, 2020 meeting, the Board of Commissioners took the following actions to:

Accept an offer for a time limit extension until May 1, 2020 from Presbyterian Development, LLC for the Preliminary/Final Land Development Plan for the Picking Estates residential development located at 123 Salem Church Road, Planning Commission File #18-11-01.

Authorize advertisement of a Land Development Ordinance Text Amendment to Chapter 22, providing for emergency access for certain subdivisions or land development. A public hearing will be held on April 30, 2020.

Authorize advertisement of a Land Development Ordinance Text Amendment to Chapter 22, providing emergency access for certain subdivisions or land development. A public hearing will be held on April 30, 2020.

Approve the hiring of seasonal employees for various Township departments.

Accept the voluntary retirement of Michael Chittester, Public Works Department One Call Technician,effective May 1, 2020 and approve a Resolution recognizing his years of service.

Approve the conditional appointment of Michelle Watts to fill the vacancy for a part-time Civilian Support Staff for the Hampden Township Police Department effective February 28, 2020 to serve a six-month probationary period.

Approve a list of Fire Police Officers for the Hampden Township Volunteer Fire Company.

Approve the donation of two greens fees, excluding cart rental, to Hampden Elementary.

Approve a request for a waiver of a rental fee for the Breast Cancer Warriors 5k fund raiser.

Authorize reduction in Wells Fargo Irrevocable Standby Letter of Credit No. IS000004568U from $112,043.41 to $78,987.16 for the 5600 Carlisle Pike Project.

Authorize release of cash financial security in the amount of $3,236.63 associated with the RMJ Holdings, LLC Project.

Authorize release of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company Bond No. SNN4004460 in the amount of $11,000.00 for work associated with the Crossings at West Shore Project.Authorize reduction in Mid Penn Bank Irrevocable Standby Letter of Credit No. 756 from $312,113.52 to $294,978.54 for the Oaks project.

Deny a reduction of improvement financial security for the Cumberland Valley School District as documentation of work completed has not been submitted.

Approve a motion to authorize the Solicitor to prepare and advertise an ordinance allowing the Chief of Police to suspend enforcement of vehicle and traffic restrictions in Hampden Township for a period not in excess of 72 hours when necessary to accommodate public work projects.

Approve the meeting minutes of January 30, 2020.

Approve the warrants payable for the month of February 2020.

Authorize advertisement of bid specifications for the 2020 road resurfacing project.

Approve conditional appointment of Claudia Doyle to the position of Administrative Executive Secretary to serve a six month probationary period effective as soon as practicable.

Approve conditional appointment of Tom Frey to the position of Public Works Department Fleet Mechanic to serve a six month probationary period effective March 11, 2020..

Approve conditional appointment of Ryan Fausnacht to the position of Public Works Department Assistant Golf Superintendent to serve a six month probationary period effective March 11, 2020;

Authorize advertisement of job vacancies for the positions of Public Works Department Small Engine Mechanic and Maintenance Worker I.

Approve payment of invoices and any change orders associated with the new municipal building in accordance with the terms of the construction contract.

Approve purchase of police interview room video system from Watch Guard at a cost not to exceed $10,300.00, Co-Stars contract No. 012-073.

Approve purchase of police evidence secured storage lockers, shelving systems and gun lockers with racks from Diversified Storage Solutions, Inc. at a cost not to exceed $39,578.18 through Co-Stars Contract No. 319-600.

Authorize execution of a three year renewal for the Township's GIS program at a cost of $16,500 per year to ESRI, Inc. contingent upon Solicitor review and approval.

Approve a financial contribution of $5,000.00 and a resident family of four pool membership to the Fredricksen Library.


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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