Manager's Corner

Current News
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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 and first responders 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. The Cumberland County Department of Public Safety also provides emergency alert notifications for those who subscribe to the service. 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, 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 is currently open weekdays from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The facility will also be open the first and third Saturday of each month from April through the first Saturday of January 2024  from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The facility is closed on holidays (including holiday weekends such as Saturday, April 8 due to the Easter holiday) and during inclement weather.  For complete details on the Yard Waste Facility, click here

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 June 27, 2024 meeting, the Board of Commissioners took the following actions: 

Approved a proposed transfer of a liquor license into Hampden Township for use by BJ’s Wholesale Club, Inc. at 5415 Carlisle Pike, Mechanicsburg.

Tabled the Preliminary/Final Land Development Plan for Hyatt @ Hampden, located at 4640 and 4660 Mount Zion Drive.

Approved, with conditions, the Preliminary Subdivision and Land Development Plan for The Residences on Trindle located at 5157, 5163 and 5165 East Trindle Road.

Scheduled a Public Hearing for a Zoning Map amendment for eight (8) properties located at the southwest intersection of Good Hope and Wertzville Roads from Residential Country to Commercial Park Limited, contingent upon submission of a traffic study for review by the Township, conducting a public outreach meeting and documentation of members of the public who support the rezoning.  Hearing to be held September 26, 2024.

Scheduled a Public Hearing for a Comprehensive Plan Future Land Use and Zoning Map amendment for the 14.02 acre parcel located at 900 Lamb’s Gap Road from Apartment Office Limited to Mixed Use Overlay West.  Hearing to be held August 29, 2024.

Approved an Off-Premises Changeable Message Sign to be erected on a lot owned by Hampden Township located at the Veterans Park, 4345 Marketplace Way, in the Commercial Park Limited Zoning District.

Referred to the Planning Commission a minor text amendment to the Zoning Ordinance, Sections 1721.3.A ad 1721.3.A(6) pertaining to signs erected by a governmental body.

Accepted the voluntary resignation of Michael Winkelman, Police Sergeant, effective September 3, 2024 and authorize the necessary actions to fill the vacancy.

Approved the voluntary resignation of Zachary Futchko, Patrol Officer, effective July 5, 2024.

Ratified and approved a list of part-time and seasonal employees for various Township Departments.

Approved purchase of a traffic signal control cabinet and equipment for the intersection of Creekview and Good Hope Roads at a cost not to exceed $24,810.00 from Signal Control Products, LLC, the sole provider of Econolite. Insurance claim against at-fault party.

Approved a proposal from Lenk Tree Service for selective tree removal along portions of Sear’s Run and Orr’s Bridge Roads at a cost not to exceed $18,000.00.  Lowest of three (3) competitive quotes.

Approved purchase of materials from Capital Electric at a cost not to exceed $7,908.73 through Co-Stars Contract No. 008-165 for the upgrade of exterior lights at the Good Hope Station training pad.  Lowest of three (3) competitive quotes.

Approved a proposal from Appalachian Painting Company to paint various rooms at the Recreation Building at a cost not to exceed $7,450.00.  Lowest of three (3) competitive quotes.

Approved Resolution No. 2024-20 establishing fees to be charged for disclosing audio or video recordings under Act 22 of 2017.

Approved PA DEP Resolution for a plan revision associated with the Vibrant Church Wastewater Treatment Plant Abandonment.

Approved Resolution No. 2024-20 declaring a Township-owned golf cart as surplus for disposition.

Approved a Release Agreement with MKSD, LLC.

Approved a transfer station agreement between Hampden Township and Waste Management for their facility along Industrial Park Road.

Approved a proposal from Honor engineer Company to provide technical support for plan review inspections and permits, subject to Solicitor review and approval.

Approved release of Link Bank Letter of Credit No. 1620113093 in the amount of $570,130.00 for the Starbucks Project, PC File No. 23-07-02; subject to staff review and final approval; work is substantially compete.

Approved reduction in Link Bank Letter of Credit No. 6200099009 from $600,422.82 to $266,218.00 for the Burick Center Project, PC File No. 21-09-03.

Approved release of VIZO Financial Letter of Credit No. 130 in the amount of $2,164,718.60 for the Members 1st Federal Credit Union Headquarters Building Development, PC File No. 19-05-02; work is complete.

Denied release request for VIZO Financial Letter of Credit No. 138 for the Members 1st Federal Credit Union Outparcels Project, PC File No. 21-03-02; work is not complete.

Denied release request for Univest Bank and Trust Company Bond No. 132497314 for the 6040 Carlisle Pike Project, PC File No. 21-10-02; work is not complete.

Approved minor revisions to the Preliminary/Final Subdivision Plan for Amel and Amela Mehenovic correcting lot line locations, PC File No. 23-11-01.

Approved a Moratorium Street Cut Permit Application No. 2024-66 for a utility extension to provide new gas service to 15 Skyport Road, subject to staff review and approval.

Approved a Moratorium Street Cut Permit Application No. 2024-73 to provide new gas service at 3943 Brookridge Drive, subject to staff review and approval.

Approved warrants payable for the month of June 2024.

Approved the regular meeting minutes of May 30, 2024.

Accepted the monthly report from Police Chief Yerg.

Authorized advertisement for a noise ordinance to be adopted on July 25, 2024.

Approved advertisement for a new automated irrigation system at Armitage Golf Club.

Accepted the monthly report from Public Works Director Jeremy Miller.

Approved the promotion of Jeremy Miller to Assistant Township Manager/Public Works Director.

Approved conditional appointment of Johannes Notz to the position of Sergeant, effective as soon as practicable, to serve a one-year probationary period.

Approved conditional reinstatement of Coleen Redifer to the position of Senior Patrol Officer, effective as soon as practicable, to serve a one-year probationary period.

Approved advertisement for a Public Works Assistant Director.

Approved an amended easement for PPL on the Township-owned property at 209 S. Sporting Hill Road.

Approved two (2) pay applications and one (1) change order for the Hampden Pool renovation  project.

Approved issuance of letters to State representatives voicing the Township’s concerns regarding HB No. 1975, 1976, 1988 and 2045.

Authorized staff to issue a letter regarding the proposed Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) regulations.

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.