Manager's Corner

Current News - Last Revised: January 5, 2021

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 @ http://www.armitagegolfclub.com for additional information 

Yard Waste Recycling

The yard waste facility remains open from 7:00 AM to 4:00 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.

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, 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.

Miscellaneous

At its April 29, 2021 Meeting, the Board of Commissioners took the following actions to: 

Approve a Zoning Ordinance Text Amendment to Chapter 27, Part 17, Section 1721 (Sign Regulations) for Business Office Signs.

Approve, with conditions, a Final Land Development Plan for The Point at Sporting Hill located at North Sporting Hill Road and Cumberland Avenue, submitted by Snyder, Secary & Associates, LLC.

Authorize advertisement of a public hearing for the July 1, 2021 Board of Commissioners meeting for a Comprehensive Plan amendment and 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 a referral of a  Zoning Ordinance Text Amendment to Chapter 27, Part 17, Section 1721 to modify Business Office Building and Business Office Complex sign regulations to the May 13, 2021 Planning Commission meeting.

Approve the conditional appointment of John Geiling to the  position of Public Works Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator II to serve a one year probationary period as soon as practicable.

Approve the conditional appointment of Christopher McClintock to fill the vacant position of Public Works Maintenance Worker II  to serve a six month probationary period as soon as practicable.

Approve the conditional appointment of Russell Olson to fill the vacant position of Public Works Maintenance Worker II  to serve a six month probationary period as soon as practicable.

Approve Resolution No. 21-09 recognizing Wilbur Fake, Jr. for his many years of employment with Hampden Township and congratulating him upon the occasion of his retirement on May 4, 2021. 

Accept the voluntary resignation of Carla Lentz, Municipal Services Clerk, effective April 27, 2021 and authorize advertisement to fill the vacancy.

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

Approve a Township website contract host with Revize at a one-time cost of $12,400.00, lowest cost of four (4) proposals.

Approve Resolution No. 21-11 authorizing the sale of certain surplus Township property from the old municipal building.  Items to be made available for purchase from the public during the 2021 Capital Region Council of Governments auction.

Approve a request from Fredricksen Library for donation of a 2021 Hampden Resident Family Pool Membership.

Approve a request from Soroptimist International of West Shore to waive the rental fee for a picnic pavilion.

Approve an annual membership with the Mechanicsburg Chamber of Commerce in the amount of $130.00

Accept an offer of a Time Limit Deadline Extension from Alpha Consulting Engineers, Inc. for the Buckwalter Preliminary/Final Land Development Plan from April 30, 2021 to July 31, 2021.

Approve Resolution No. 21-10 authorizing modifications of the Hadley Place Sewage Facilities Planning Module.

Authorize release of S&T Bank Irrevocable Letter of Credit No. SB-004045 in the amount of $75,892.00 for the Hawks Landing project.

Authorize the reduction in Mid Penn Bank Irrevocable Letter of Credit No. 756 from
$186,567.85 to $148,700.00 for work completed associated with The Oaks project.

Authorize the release of AmeriChoice Federal Credit Union Irrevocable Letter of Credit No. 900 in the amount of $75,371.00 for Daybreak Church project subject to approval of replacement security.

Approve an Access Easement Agreement with PPL for Old Lamb’s Gap Road for maintenance service associated with existing utility lines.

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

Accept the monthy report from Police Chief Junkin.

Approve warrants payable for the month of April.

Approve the meeting minutes for April 1, 2021.

Confirm the next Board of Commissioners meeting is to be held on May, 27.

Authorize advertisement of bids for the Carlisle Pike/Sporting Hill Road intersection improvement project.

Award reconstruction of the Public Works Salt Storage Shed to Houck at a cost of $22,562.00 through Co-Stars contingent upon Solicitor review and approval.

Approve minor amendments to the Hampden Township Civil Service Rules and Regulations.

Authorize advertisement of bids to extend the walking path around the new Municipal Building and Sporting Hill Station properties.

Approve Resolution No. 21-12 in support of evaluating the creation of an Industrial and Commercial Development Authority.

  
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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