Manager's Corner

Current News - Last Revised:

September 28, 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 September 27, 2018 Board of Commissioners Meeting, the Board took action to:  

Table the Preliminary/Final Subdivision and Land Development Plan for Cumberland Technology Park Lot 4A.

Approve a Lot Consolidation Agreement for lots 5915 and 5925 Wertzville Road.

Refer to Planning Commission a Zoning Ordinance Text Amendment by Ambassador Home Improvements d/b/a Renewal by Anderson to Chapter 27, part 13, Subsection 1303X(1) of the Hampden Township Code of Ordinances to change the maximum inventory storage area of the building area.

Public Works Department

At the September 27, 2018 Board of Commissioners Meeting, the Board took action to:

Approve a reduction in First National Bank Irrevocable Letter of Credit No. 3008 from $1,422,634.40 to $945,916.25 for work completed in association with the Cumberland Valley School District - New Campus Project.

Approve a reduction in Wells Fargo Bank Irrevocable Letter of Credit No. IS00000323U from $1,014,403.53 to $170,320.90 for work completed in association with the 485 St. John's Church Road Project.

Approve a proposal from Red Lion Spray, Inc., for painting the Wastewater silo at a cost not to exceed $17,285.00, the lowest of three quotes.

Approve expansion of Fleet Division Office at a cost not to exceed $4,000.00. Cost includes materials only; work to be completed by staff.

Approve purchase and installation of a Trane roof top HVAC unit for the Caddy Shack at a cost not to exceed $9,259.00; Co-Stars Contract No. 008-274.

Approve laser grade infield repairs to Salem Park Field No. 8 at a cost not to exceed $6,745.00 of which $5,820.00 is for Le GROWS, Inc. and $925.00 for diamond tex material.

Approve a proposal from Allied Exteriors, Inc. for the replacement of two bathroom roofs at Creekview North Park at a cost not to exceed $12,634.00, the lowest of three competitive quotes.

Approve Pay Estimate No. 4 in the amount of $604,120.72 to Kinsley Construction, Inc., for work associated with the 2018 Street Resurfacing Project.

Approve Pay Estimate No. 2 in the amount of $8,661.16 to Mr. Rehab, LLC, for work associated with the 2018 Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation Project.

 

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.

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.

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 September 27, 2018 Board of Commissioners Meeting, the Board took action to:

Advertise for adoption an ordinance for public gatherings.

Approve Ordinance No. 2018-18, vacating a portion of Bali Hai Road and providing for the posting of the vacated portion thereof.

Approve the purchase of a Power Scape Playsystem from GameTime in the amount of $50,695.22, Co-Stars Contract # 014-005.

Approve a request for the 2018 Jingle Bell Run for the Arthritis Foundation.

Approve requests for a donation of two greens fees, excluding cart rentals to the West Shore Chamber of Commerce Business & Industry Night and Good Hope Middle School Touch of the Valley.

Approve the Warrants Payable for the month of September 2018.

Cancel the October 2, 2018 meeting with the next regularly scheduled meeting to be held on November 1, 2018.

 

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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