Manager's Corner

Current News - Last Revised:

July 2, 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 June 27, 2019 Board of Commissioners Meeting, the Board took action to:  

Deny a request from Presbyterian Development, LLC regarding an amendment to the Comprehensive Plan Future Land Use Map.

Withdraw a request from Presbyterian Development, LLC for a Zoning Ordinance Map Amendment to rezone Parcel No. 10-20-1838-002 from Residential Suburban to Residential Towne.

Accept an offer for a time limit extension until October 1, 2019 from RGS Associates for the Preliminary/Final Subdivision and Land Development Plan for Picking Estates, Planning Commission File #18-11-01.

Accept an offer for a time limit extension until August 2, 2019 from Snyder, Secary & Associates, LLC for the Final Land Development Plan for Brambles West, Planning Commission File #19-04-01.

Table a Final Land Development Plan for Brambles West located at the end of Crossgate Drive. 

Approve, with conditions, a Preliminary/Final Subdivision and Land Development Plan for Members 1st Federal Credit Union Headquarters, located at the end of Marketplace Way. 

Approve, with conditions, a Preliminary/Final Subdivision Plan for 1790 Orr’s Bridge Road.

Approve, with conditions, a Preliminary/Final Subdivision Plan for the Brooks Property, located at 1607 Orr’s Bridge Road and Kile Drive.

Approve an extension to the recording deadline until December 2, 2019 from McNaughton Properties, L.P. for the Preliminary Subdivision and Land Development Plan for Hunter's Glen, Planning Commission File #14-11-02 in order to meet conditions of approval subject to payment of applicable fees.

Approve scheduling a Public Hearing on August 29, 2019 for a request for consideration of a Zoning Ordinance Map Amendment from Jeanette D. Bish, Audrey D. Neiswender, Barbara D. Musselman and Nancy D. Ambrose to rezone two lots located at 4550 and 4640 Mt. Zion Drive from Office Park to Commercial Park Limited.

Approve scheduling a Public Hearing on August 29, 2019 for a request for consideration of a Zoning Ordinance Text Amendment to Chapter 27, Section 1817.E1 and 1817.E2 regarding the requirements for a Self Storage onsite live in manager.


Public Works Department


At the June 27, 2019 Board of Commissioners Meeting, the Board took action to:

Declare fire engine 330 as surplus and authorize advertisement for bids or auction.

Authorize purchase of a Jacobsen 72" mower from Lawn and Golf Supply at a cost not to exceed $21,010.36 through State Contract No. 4400020096 and declare a 2006 Toro Mower as surplus.

Authorize award of salt storage shed roof replacement project to C. E. Swartz Construction, LLC at a cost not to exceed $12,250.00.

Award Creekview Park South bathroom roof reshingle project to Titan Roofing Hgb LLC at a cost not to exceed $4,575.00.

Authorize purchase of a new gate for the Public Works Facility from Security Fence Company at a cost not to exceed $8,020.00 through Co-Stars Contract No. 008-148.

Approve purchase of three pump station grinders from JWC Environmental at a cost not to exceed $63,714.92 through Co-Stars Contract No. 391234 and approve PSI Inc. proposal to install grinders at a cost not to exceed $3,000.00.

Authorize purchase of ceiling fans for Good Hope and Sporting Hill Stations from Capital Tri-State Electric at a cost not to exceed $2,844.00.

Authorize release of Erie Insurance Company Street Cut Bond Number Q905870285 in the amount of $20,000.00 for work associated with Street Cut Permit No. 2016-50; restoration is complete.

Approve Ordinance No. 2019-08, amending Chapter 21, Part 1 of the Hampden Township Code of Ordinances with respect to opening and occupying streets.

Discussion regarding No Parking Studies for Freight, Terminal and Sterling Streets.

Approve the PennDOT Renewal Letter for Municipal Snow Removal Services.

Authorize award of the 2019 Stormwater Inlet Rehabilitation Project to National Water Main Cleaning Company, LLC at a cost not to exceed $148,480.00 through Co-Stars Contract No. 016-090.

Authorize award of the 2019 Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation Project to Mr. Rehab, Inc., at a cost not to exceed $737,758.97 through Co-Stars Contract No. 061-090.

Authorize approval of a revised agreement with Dawood Engineering, Inc. for developer installed inspection services, subject to Solicitor review and approval.

Accept First Capital Engineering, Inc. proposal to provide stormwater plan review
services on an as-needed basis, subject to Solicitor review and approval.

Authorize Solicitation of quotes or advertisement of bid for Phase 2B of the Hampden Township Veterans Recognition Park.

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 June 27, 2019 Board of Commissioners Meeting, the Board took action to:

Approve the Township Audit from Maher Duessel.

Adopt a Resolution which establishes Post-Issuance Compliance Procedures to aid in the Township’s compliance with its obligations under federal tax law with respect to its tax-exempt obligations, and, as applicable, its continuing disclosure undertakings with respect to publicly offered securities.

Approve a proposed Eagle Scout project at the Veterans Recognition Park from Tommy Chase.

Approve, full-time, regular employment for Officers Bradley Corliss, Jonathan Dudek, Ernest Jenkins and Coleen Redifer effective August 1, 2019, upon successful completion of a one-year probationary period.

Authorize advertisement for a full-time Small Engine Mechanic for the Public Works Department Fleet Division.

Ratify the hiring of seasonal and part time employees for the EMS, Recreation and Public Works Departments.

Task the Civil Service Commission with Certifying an Eligibility List for the position of full-time Patrol Officer.

Approve Resolution Nos. 2019-16 and 2019-17 recognizing Sara DeMichele and Paige Potalivo for attaining the Girl Scout Gold Award.

Approve a three year contract with Mobile Device Management System from Comodo Cybersecurity at a cost of $2,400.00, the lowest of four vendors.

Approve a tennis court resurfacing project (courts 5 & 6) and tennis court crack sealing project (courts 1 through 4) to The Brenneman Company, Co-Stars contract 008-128 at a total cost of $16,700.00

Authorize advertisement of bid for residential solid waste and recycling services.

Approve the Warrants Payable for the month of June 2019.

The next Board of Commissioners meeting is to be held on August 1, 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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