Manager's Corner

Current News - Last Revised:

May 7, 2019

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s/ Keith B. Metts, Township Manager

Planning Commission

At the May 2, 2019 Board of Commissioners Meeting, the Board took action to:  

Authorize issuance of Notice of Intent to Award, Notice of Award and Notice to Proceed to the lowest responsive and responsible bidder, ECI Construction, General Construction contractor, for the new Hampden Township Municipal Building at a base bid cost of $5,327,000, subject to Solicitor, Architect and staff review and approval.
          
Accept Alternate G2, electronic message board at a cost of $10,500.00.

Authorize issuance of Notice of Intent to Award, Notice of Award and Notice to Proceed to the lowest responsive and responsible bidder, Myco Mechanical, Mechanical Construction contractor, for the new Hampden Township Municipal Building at a base bid cost of $744,000, subject to Solicitor, Architect and staff review and approval.

Reject bid submissions from Swam Electric Company and Hull Electric as not being responsive due to bid document omissions.

Authorize issuance of Notice of Intent to Award, Notice of Award and Notice to Proceed to the lowest responsive and responsible bidder, Mid-State Mechanical, Electrical Construction contractor, for the new Hampden Township Municipal Building at a base bid cost of $982,099, subject to Solicitor, Architect and staff review and approval.

Authorize issuance of Notice of Intent to Award, Notice of Award and Notice to Proceed to the lowest responsive and responsible bidder, Stouffer Mechanical, Plumbing Construction contractor, for the new Hampden Township Municipal Building at a base bid cost of $364,790, subject to Solicitor, Architect and staff review and approval.

Authorize issuance of Notice of Intent to Award, Notice of Award and Notice to Proceed to the lowest responsive and responsible bidder, Triangle Fire Protection, Fire Protection Construction contractor, for the new Hampden Township Municipal Building at a base bid cost of $124,870, subject to Solicitor, Architect and staff review and approval.

Approve, with conditions, the Preliminary/Final Subdivision and Land Development Plan for The Townes of Orr's Bridge, located at 1425 Orr’s Bridge Road.

Approve, with conditions, the Preliminary/Final Land Development Plan for Union Flats Phase 2, located along South Sporting Hill Road.

Approve, with conditions, the Final Land Development and Subdivision Plan for Laurel Ridge Estates Phase 2, located on Valley Road.

Refer to the May 8, 2019 Planning Commission Meeting a request for consideration of a Zoning Ordinance Text Amendment to Chapter 27, Section 1817.E1 and 1817.E2 regarding Self Storage onsite live in manager.



Public Works Department

At the May 2, 2019 Board of Commissioners Meeting, the Board took action to:

Authorize reduction in Fulton Bank Standby Letter of Credit No. D006013 from $97,622.24 to $6,959.15 for work completed associated with the Brandywine Extension Phase 1 Project, P.C. File #08-02-01.

Authorize reduction in Fulton Bank Standby Letter of Credit No. D006536 from $410,002.18 to $179,576.67 for work completed associated with the Brandywine Extension Phase 2 Project, P.C. File #13-11-03.

Authorize reduction in Fulton Bank Standby Letter of Credit No. D006511 from $7,487.95 to $1,650.00 for work completed associated with the Brandywine Extension Lot B Project, PC#13-11-04.

Authorize staff to issue letters requiring additional security from developers in accordance with the Municipalities Planning Code.

Authorize purchase of a 2019 Volvo L708 Wheel Loader from Highway Equipment and Supply Company at a cost not to exceed $93,500.00 through Co-Stars Contract No. 4400019959 and declare a 2006 John Deere Loader as surplus.

Authorize award of Srouji Park driveway improvements to RKL Paving and Services, LLC at a cost not to exceed $9,775.00 and purchase of paving material from Pennsy Supply, Inc., at a cost not to exceed $13,345.00 through State Contract No. 4600014422.

Authorize replacement of Conodoguinet Youth Park restroom roof at a cost not to exceed $2,856.48

Authorize acceptance and execution of Buchart Horn Engineers 2019 Periodic Construction Monitoring Services Proposal.

Authorize advertisement of an Ordinance revision modifying the sewer rates for the Thornhill and Quigley Cove Pump Station service areas.

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 May 2, 2019 Board of Commissioners Meeting, the Board took action to:

Approve conditional appointment of Jonathan Reisinger to the position of Codes Enforcement Officer, Grade 6/7, to serve a six-month probationary period effective May 22, 2019.

Approve the hiring of seasonal employees for the Recreation, Public Works and Police Departments.

Approve the voluntary resignation of David Young from the Hampden Township Industrial Development Authority.

Task the Civil Service Commission with certifying the Eligibility List for Sergeant and conducting examinations for Patrol Officers within the Hampden Township Police Department.

Approve recording of the municipal building land development plan and approve a Special Construction Inspection Services contract with Triad Engineering, Inc. at an estimated cost of $20,165.00.

Approve a professional services contract for a pool feasibility study with Waters Edge at an amount of $39,925. A grant was received to offset a portion of the cost for the study.

Approve submission of an Intergovernmental Cooperation Agreement to East Pennsboro Township for purposes of providing mutual fire and rescue services.

Approve the lease of two copiers (Police and Public Works Maintenance) from Marco at a cost of $133.17 per month through Co-Stars Contract # 001-035 contingent upon Solicitor review and approval.

Approve a professional services contract extension with LifeQuest for EMS Billing Services.

Approve the conditional acceptance of the CFA Multimodal Grant.

Approve a natural gas contract extension with Utility Rates Analysts.

Approve an electricity contract extension with Constellation.

Approve CV Softball's request to install additional fence at various Township-owned fields.

Request the Planning Commission to evaluate the establishment of an ordinance regulating intermittent residential rental properties.

Approve a request for donations of two greens fees, excluding cart rentals to Shaull Elementary.

Approve a request from the Hampden Aquatic Club contingent upon receipt of $2,000.00; covering the cost of staff and lifeguards present during the meet; and approval by the Mechanicsburg Borough Council to allow Hampden residents with pool memberships to use their pool at no cost during the day of the meet.

Approve request for a waiver of the Recreation Community Room rental fees from the United Way of the Capital Region.

Approve membership with the Mechanicsburg Chamber of Commerce.

Approve a request from Indian Creek Civic Association.

Approve the Warrants Payable for the month of April 2019.

Authorize execution of the Developer’s Agreement with Penn State Health Hampden Medical Center subject to (1) Approval of the Director of Public Works; (2) Approval of the Township Manager; (3) Approval of the Township Solicitor; (4) Payment of the Road Participation Agreement Contribution; and (5) Complying with the comments of the April 23, 2019 Memorandum of the Director of Public Works.



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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