Manager's Corner

Current News - Last Revised:

February 1, 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 January 31, 2019 Board of Commissioners Meeting, the Board took action to:  

Approve Ordinance No. 2019-01, amending Chapter 27, removing construction material requirements for self-service storage facilities.

Schedule a Public Hearing on March 28, 2019 for a Zoning Ordinance Text Amendment by Signature Senior Living, LLC to Chapter 27, Section 1103 and 1823 of the Hampden Township Code of Ordinances regarding permitted uses for personal care home.

Approve, with conditions, the Preliminary/Final Subdivision Plan for Mary G. Picking, located at 123 Salem Church Road.

Approve, with conditions, the Final Land Development plan for Penn State Health Hampden Medical center, located at Wentworth Corporate Center Lot 1.



Public Works Department

At the January 31, 2019 Board of Commissioners Meeting, the Board took action to:

Authorize participation in the Provident Energy fossil fuel procurement program for the 2019-2020 contract period contingent upon Township Solicitor review and approval.

Authorize a reduction of F&M Trust Letter of Credit No. 5911 from $539,958.10 to $416,344.60 for work completed associated with the 5130 East Trindle Road project.

Authorize a reduction of M&T Bank Irrevocable Standby Letter of Credit No. SB544160001 from $98,874.40 to $53,638.40 for work associated with the Sporting Hill Villas Garages project.

Deny a request for a reduction of cash security from $38,874.70 to $25,999.70 for the Taco Bell project.

Deny a release request for S&T Bank Letter of Credit No. SB-0003921 held as maintenance security for the Whitetail Crossing project. Maintenance period has not expired.

Deny a request for a reduction of Orrstown Bank Letter of Credit No. 18-10 in the amount of $163,877.56 held for work associated with the Admiral's Quay project. Work has not been completed.

Authorize purchase of two police interceptors from Hondru Ford at a cost not to exceed $67,200.00 ($33,600.00 each) through Co-Stars Contract No. 13-003.


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 January 31, 2019 Board of Commissioners Meeting, the Board took action to:

Approve tasking the Civil Service Commission with conducting examinations for the rank of Sergeant within the Hampden Township Police Department.

 Approve conditional appointment of Eric Shawn Ross to the position of Golf Course Superintendent, Exempt, to serve a one-year probationary period effective as soon as practical.

Approve the hiring of seasonal employees for the Recreation Department and a part-time employee for the EMS Department upon satisfactory completion of background checks.

Approve Resolution No. 2019-02 and ratify Resolution No. 2019-03, recognizing the retirements of Diane Fox and Mark Jacobs.

Approve Resolution No. 2019-04, recognizing Stephen Goho for his years of service as the Hampden Township Volunteer Fire Company President.

Approve execution of an EMS Medical Director Agreement.

Authorize advertisement of bid specifications for the new municipal building. 

Approve a no-cost conversion of existing streetlights to LED fixtures.

Approve an Encroachment Agreement with PPL and Hampden Township for a walking trail extension contingent upon Solicitor review and approval.

Approve an additional proposal from Simone Collins for the Wertzville Road Corridor Land Use Study.

Approve the Warrants Payable for the month of January 2019.

Approve Samuel Giannelli as an Alternate to the Planning Commission with his term to expire December 31, 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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