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 @ 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.


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.


At its December 14, 2020 Meeting, the Board of Commissioners took the following actions to: 

Approve the certification for the Active Duty Hampden Township Volunteer Firefighter Tax Credit.

Approve Ordinance No. 20-14, authorizing execution of a cable franchise agreement between Hampden Township and Verizon Pennsylvania, LLC.

Approve Pay Estimate No. 4- Final in the amount of $666,533.66 and Change Order No. 2 in the amount of $612,175.37 to Pennsy Supply, Inc. for work associated with the 2020 street resurfacing project.

Approve Resolution No. 20-26, accepting dedication of a certain portion of Sporting Hill Road located in the Sporting Hill Villas development subject to an acceptable deed of dedication being approved by the Solicitor.

Approve Resolution No. 20-28, accepting dedication of certain streets located in Grandon Farms development, Phase VI, subject to Solicitor review and approval of all necessary documents.

Accept an offer of a Time Limit Extension for the Buckwalter property from January 6, 2021 to April 30, 2021.

Accept an offer of a Time Limit Extension for the Village of Copperleaf from December, 31, 2020 to July 30, 2021.

Approve an Adopt a Highway agreement with Dr. Ryan Argot for Lamb’s Gap Road from the Carlisle Pike to the Conodoguinet Creek.

Approve the warrants payable for the month of November 2020.

Approve the meeting minutes of November 24, 2020.

Cancel the December 30, 2020 Board of Commissioners meeting and approve the next Board of Commissioners meeting to be held on Thursday, January 7, 2021.

Adopt the 2021 budget. 

Adopt Ordinance No. 20-13, an ordinance adopting Real Estate Tax,  sewer rates and trash rates and reaffirming the adoption of the Hampden Township Code of Ordinances.

Adopt Ordinance 20-12, an ordinance appropriating specific sums estimated to be required for the specific purposes of the municipal government during the year 2021.

Approve Resolution No. 20-27, a resolution establishing fees for various Township services and building and land development/subdivision fees for 2021.

Approve the 2021 Employee Compensation and Benefits Package and authorize associated changes to Appendix A of the Personnel Policies and Procedures Manual.

Approve the progress report for the new municipal building and invoices.

Approve the 2021 meeting schedule.

Accepted the voluntary resignation from Michael Langan, Hampden Township Tax Collector, effective January 1, 2021.

Approve the 2021 reappointments of Ed Myslewicz, Roger Lose and Diane Foutres to the Golf Advisory Board.

Approve the 2021 reappointment of Ken Fetrow to the Civil Service Commission.

Approve the 2021 appointments of Mark Jones, member, and Saad Syed, Alternate, to the Planning Commission.

Approve the 2021 reappointment of Carolyn Pfeifer as the Fredricksen Library Representative.

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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