Manager's Corner

Current News

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 is currently open weekdays from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The facility will also be open the first and third Saturday of each month through the first Saturday of January 2022 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The facility is closed on holidays (including holiday weekends such as Saturday, July 3 due to the 4th of July) and during inclement weather.  For complete details on the Yard Waste Facility, click here

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 September 30, 2021 meeting, the Board of Commissioners took the following actions to:  

Approve with conditions, the Preliminary/Final Land Development Plan for Villas of Copperleaf (fka Village of Copperleaf).

Deny a request to refer to the Planning Commission a proposed Comprehensive Plan Future Land Use Map Amendment from Hampden Townsquare, LLC to rezone two parcels of land located at 100 Reeser Road and 4451 Motter Lane from Residential Low Density to Urban Mixed Use.

Deny a request to refer to the Planning Commission a proposed Zoning Ordinance Map Amendment from Hampden Townsquare, LLC to rezone two parcels of land located at 100 Reeser Road amd 4451 Motter Lane from Residential Suburban to Commercial Limited and Mixed Use Zoning District Overlay.

Refer to the Planning Commission a request for a proposed Zoning Ordinance Text Amendment to Chapter 27, Section 1815.E(1) to allow playground equipment at childcare facilities to be located in the side yard.

Approve, full-time, regular employment for Robert Campbell, EMT, effective September 29, 2021, as a result of successful completion of a probationary period.

Approve, full-time, regular employment for Derrick Siegfried, Police Sergeant, effective October 21, 2021, as a result of successful completion of a probationary period.

Approve conditional appointment of Pamela Quick to the full-time position of Police Civilian Support Staff II effective as soon as practicable to serve a six month probationary period.

Approve hiring of three (3) part-time Emergency Medical Technicians.

Accept the voluntary resignation of Eric Crowley, Public Works Maintenance Worker I, effective September 15, 2021 and authorize advertisement to fill the vacancy.

Accept the voluntary resignation of Michelle Watts, Police Civilian Support Staff I, effective October 1, 2021.

Approve Pay Estimate No. 2 to Pennsy Supply Inc. in the amount of $933,548.79 for work completed associated with the 2021 Street Resurfacing Project.

Approve the purchase of LED lights for the Public Works garage from Capital Electric at a cost not to exceed $14,935.00 through Co-Stars Contract No. 008-619.

Approve a four (4) year security camera maintenance contract with FCI Low Voltage in the amount of $14,520.00 billed annually at $3,630.00

Approve a new equipment lease with Doceo for copiers to be used at Armitage Golf Club and Good Hope Station at a cost not to exceed $159.00 per month for both copiers.

Accept a proposal from Findley’s Construction Company, Inc. for paving cart paths at Armitage Golf Club at a cost not to exceed $8,000.00 and purchase black top from Pennsy Supply at a cost not to exceed $16,000.00 through State contract.

Accept a proposal from CE Swartz Construction, LLC to replace the concession stand roof at Salem Park at a cost not to exceed $5,785.00.

Approve purchase of galvanized drop pipes with S.S. cables and headers to drop pipe gaskets for the wastewater digester at a cost not to exceed $25,318.00 from Schreiber (sole source).

Approve a professional services contract with Dawood Engineering, Inc. for administration and inspection services for the Millennium Way road resurfacing project at a cost not to exceed $3,760.00.

Approve an Adopt a Highway/Recreation Area agreement with Indian Creek Civic Association for Srouji Park.

Approve minor modification to the Good Hope Road Office Park No. 4 Land Development Plan consisting of a reduction in the size of the building footprint.  All other conditions of prior approval remain in effect.

Authorize release of Travelers Casualty and Surety Company of America Bond No. 107118965 in the amount of $116,117.65 for work completed associated with the Union Flats Phase II Project; project is complete.

Authorize release of cash financial security in the amount of $17,035.04 and remaining escrow for work completed associated with the 4805 East Trindle Road Project, project is complete.

Approve Street Cut Permit Application No. 2021-96 for the repair of a gas main at 6265  Run Cross Lane (street was paved within the past five years).

Approve Street Cut Permit Application No. 2021-99 for the  repair of a gas main at 6275 Run Cross Lane (street was paved within the past five years).

Approve Street Cut Permit Application No. 2021-110 to repair a gas service at 6163 Moorgate Drive (street was paved within the past five years).

Approve Street Cut Permit Application No. 2021-114 to repair a gas service at 504 Kentwood Drive (street was paved within the past five years).

Approve Street Cut Permit Application No. 2021-113 to repair a gas service at 120 Hill Lane (street was paved within the past five years – this year). Permit will require a minimum of curb to curb resurfacing at a distance of at least 20 feet in each direction from location of repair.

Approve the warrants payable for the month of September.

Approve the regular meeting minutes for September 2, 2021 and the special meeting minutes for September 21, 2021.

Confirm the next Board of Commissioners meeting is to be held on Wednesday, October  27, 2021.

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

Approve the Township Solicitor and the Township Manager to take steps necessary to offer Sterling Street as private street to Eastern Consolidation and Distribution Services, Inc. and to grant and access easement to the Township for maintaining the sanitary sewer and pump station.

Approve the Township Manager and Township Solicitor seek proposals from commercial realtors to assist in the marketing and sale of the Township property at 230 S. Sporting Hill Road.

Approve notifying PennDOT and other Commonwealth agencies and elected officials of Hampden Township’s concern regarding proposed tolling of the I-83 Bridge.

Appoint Niyathi Chagantipati, Medha Gereddy and Kaitlyn Silcox to the 2021-2022 Junior Commissioners program.

Approve the settlement against opioid distributors as recommended by the Pennsylvania Attorney General.

 
                   
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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