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 February 25, 2021 Meeting, the Board of Commissioners took the following actions to: 

Approve a proposed Eagle Scout project from Kyle Shehan.

Authorize advertisement of a public hearing for the April 29, 2021 Board of Commissioners meeting to consider adoption of a proposed Zoning Ordinance Text Amendment to Chapter 27, Part 17, Section 1721 (Sign Regulations) for Business Office Signs.

Table the Preliminary/Final Subdivision and Land Development Plan for 3820-3900 Market Street, located at 3820-3900 Market Street.

Approve, with conditions, the Preliminary/Final Land Development Plan for Senior Living Facility at 1706 Good Hope Road.

Table the Preliminary/Final Subdivision and Land Development Plan for Garbrick Tract, located at 6150 Souvenir Drive.

Approve the voluntary resignation of Michael Stare, EMT, effective February 14, 2021.

Approve conditional appointment of Robert Campbell to the position of Emergency Medical Technician to serve a six-month probationary period as soon as practicable.

Approve conditional appointment of Corey Clark to the position of Public Works Department Maintenance Worker I to serve a six month probationary period as soon as practicable.

Approve conditional appointment of Jeremy Potter to the position of Public Works Department Fleet Division Small Engine Mechanic to serve a six month probationary period as soon as practicable.

Approve conditional appointment of Stephen Gabert to the position of Public Works Department Wastewater Utility Worker I to serve a six month probationary period as soon as practicable.

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

Approve Steve Stilo, Sr. as Hampden Township Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator and Steve Goho as the Assistant  Emergency Management Coordinator.

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

Accept a notice from Alexandria Huber, Hampden Township Tax Collector, to appoint Michael Langan as Hampden Township Deputy Tax Collector.

Approve a proposal from The Breneman Company, lowest quote provided, for resurfacing two (2) tennis courts at Hampden Park in an amount not to exceed $18,700.00.

Authorize purchase of a Toro Greensmaster mower for Armitage Golf Club from Turf Equipment and Supply Company at a cost not to exceed $32,396.22 from Co-Stars Contract No. 4400020108. 

Authorize purchase of a 2014 used Smithco Greens Roller for Armitage Golf Club from Lawn and Golf Supply Co., Inc. at a cost not to exceed $2,500.00.

Approve a professional service agreement with Capital Support Services to digitally scan permits and large plan files at a cost not to exceed $21,000.00.  Lowest price of numerous proposals.

Approve Resolution No. 21-06 declaring various items related to IT services as surplus.  Any devices with internal memory have been overwritten or wiped of data.

Approve the disposition of surplus cellphones in an estimated amount of less than $1,000.00 to E-Cycle.

Adopt Ordinance No. 21-01 establishing the regular meeting location, date and time for Board of Commissioners meetings.

Approve a  request from the Cleve J. Fredrickson Library for a financial contribution in the amount of $5,000.00.

Accept an offer of a Time Limit Extension from Integrated Development Partners for the 3820-3900 Market Street Preliminary/Final Land Development Plan from March 10, 2021 to April 30, 2021.

Accept an offer of a Time Limit Extension from Alpha Consulting Engineers, Inc. for the Garbrick Tract Preliminary/Final Subdivision and Land Development Plan from March 10, 2021 to April 30, 2021.

Approve a request for a recording time limit extension for the Legend of Silver Creek Personal Home Care plan to March 26, 2020, subject to receipt of appropriate fee.

Accept the withdrawal of the Preliminary/Final Subdivision Plan for Cumberland Technology Park Lots 13 & 14 and Harbilas Tract and approve release of the remaining escrow at the applicant’s request.

Authorize release of PNC Bank NA Irrevocable Letter of Credit No. 18131527-00-000 in the amount of $1,545,000.44 for the UPMC Pinnacle West Shore Hospital Phase 2 Expansion project. Project complete.

Authorize reduction in Harco National Insurance Company Bond No. 0762507 from $357,416.68 to $62,244.43, for work completed associated with the Good Hope Office Park Building No. 3 project.

Authorize release of Fulton Bank Irrevocable Letter of Credit No. D004430 for Laurel Ridge Estates Phase I and Fulton Bank Irrevocable Letter of Credit No. D007341 for Laurel Ridge Estates Phase III subject to receipt of appropriate financial securities.

Authorize reduction in Travelers Casualty and Surety Company of America from $1,277,941.12 to $116,117.65 for work completed associated with the Union Flats Phase 2 project.

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 February.

Approve the meeting minutes for January 28, 2021.

Confirm the next Board of Commissioners meeting is to be held on April 1.

Accept a professional services proposal from Gannett Fleming for construction services associated with the 2021 Sanitary Sewer Replacement Project at a cost not to exceed $61,000.00.

Authorize acceptance of a design proposal submitted by Grove Miller Engineering, Inc. for traffic engineering services to relocate a signal mast within the existing right-of-way at the intersection of Lamb’s Gap Road and Creekview Road at a cost not to exceed $4,100.00.

Authorize staff to move forward with the training pad expansion project at Good Hope Station.

Reject a bid from QnC Construction for the Hampden Pool Waterslide Tower Restoration project.

Adopt a Resolution appointing Sherri B. Chippo to fill the vacancy in the office of Township Commissioner to serve until the first Monday in January, 2022.

Approve the establishment of an employee recognition program in honor of Commissioner Kenneth E. Fetrow.

 

  
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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