Manager's Corner

Current News - Last Revised:

November 30, 2018

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 November 29, 2018 Board of Commissioners Meeting, the Board took action to:  

No action was taken by the Board of Commissioners at their November 29, 2018 meeting.

Public Works Department

At the November 29, 2018 Board of Commissioners Meeting, the Board took action to:

Approve release of S&T Bank Letter of Credit No. SB-002838 (formerly Integrity Bank Letter of Credit No. 1392) in the amount of $22,161.57 for the Hawks Landing project.

Authorize the release of bonding ($2,500.00) and escrow ($140.00) associated with the street cut for a sanitary sewer lateral located at 5271 Terrace Road; final inspection performed.

Authorize conditional dedication of streets within the Brandywine and Brandywine Extension projects, subject to receipt of required Maintenance Security, staff and Solicitor review and approval.

Approve Resolution No. 2018-22, authorizing modifications to the traffic signal located at South Sporting Hill Road and the proposed Township Administration Building driveway.

Approve Pay Estimate No. 4 in the amount of $95,005.15 to Mr. Rehab, LLC, for work associated with the 2018 Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation Project.

Approve a time extension to Mr. Rehab, LLC 2018 Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation Project to December 31, 2018.

Approve Pay Estimate No. 5 - Final - in the amount of $726,329.11, Change Order No. 1 resulting is a reduction of the contract by $774,320.64, and the Final Certificate to Kinsley Construction, Inc. for work associated with the 2018 Street Resurfacing project which is complete.

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 @ 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.

Commercial landscapers are permitted unlimited drop off at the Yard Waste Facility, even if the waste was not generated within Hampden Township. An application must be completed and payment made at the Hampden Township Municipal Building prior to a commercial landscaper's vehicle arriving at the Yard Waste Facility. The vehicle must be identified with the company's logo. An application form is available at the Township Municipal Building or from the following link. The cost to a commercial landscaper is $750.00 annually.


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.


At the November 29, 2018 Board of Commissioners Meeting, the Board took action to:

Adopt the 2019 budget.

Adopt Ordinance No. 2018-14, an ordinance fixing the tax rates for the year 2019.

Approve Resolution No. 2018-21, a resolution establishing fees for various Township services and building and land development/subdivision fees for 2019.

Adopt Ordinance No. 2018-15, an ordinance appropriating specific sums estimated to be required for the specific purpose of the municipal government during the year 2019.

Approve the 2019 Employee Compensation Package and the 2019 Employee Benefits Package and authorize associated changes to Appendix A of the Personnel Policies and Procedures Manual.

Approve the Township's 2019 Meeting Schedule.

Approve part-time employment for two (2) Co-Op school mechanics.

Adopt Thursday, October 31, 2019, as Hampden Township's Trick or Treat Night.

Accept the voluntary resignation of Gary Myers from the Hampden Township Planning Commission.

Approve disposal of documents in accordance with the Township's records retention policy.

Approve the 2019 Pennsylvania State Association of Township Commissioners dues.

Approve a request for a waiver of the Recreation Building Community Room rental fees for the Shamrock Shuffle 5K.

Approve the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.

Approve the purchase of gift cards for the Hampden Township Volunteer Fire Company.

Approve the Hampden Township Volunteer Fire Company Member of the Year Award.

Approve scheduling a Public Hearing for a text amendment relative to self-storage building construction.

Approve the Warrants Payable for the month of November 2018.

Cancel the December 4, 2018 and December 27, 2018 meetings and hold the next Board of Commissioners meeting on January 3, 2019.

Approve the purchase of paver blocks at both the Veterans Recognition Memorial and the Fredricksen Library.
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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