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 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 @ 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 January 5, 2023 meeting, the Board of Commissioners took the following actions: 

Approve the proposed Zoning Text Amendment to Chapter 27, Part 9, Section 903(L)(1)(C) to permit Convenience Stores, with or without fuel dispensing facilities, in the Office Park “Commercial” Zoning District with no more than twelve fueling positions.

Approve, full-time, regular employment for Keith Hobba, Network Technician, effective January 6, 2023, upon successful completion of a probationary period.

Approve, full-time, regular employment for Dava Garcia, Utility Billing Clerk, effective January 6, 2023, upon successful completion of a probationary period.

Accept a notice of retirement from Greg Bilger, Public Works Department Wastewater TV Truck Operator, effective February 1, 2023 and authorize advertisement to fill a vacancy within the Department.

Accept the voluntary resignation from Police Chief Junkin effective January 31, 2023 and authorize advertisement to fill the vacancy in accordance with the law.

Approve Resolution No. 2023-01 recognizing Police Chief Junkin’s years of public service and commitment to law enforcement and Hampden Township.

Approve the immediate commencement of termination proceedings for Officer McIntyre in a manner consistent with Section 10.1 of the Township Rules, the First Class Township Code and the applicable Collective Bargaining Agreement between the Township and the Hampden Township Police Association.

Authorize participating in the Spring 2023 Cumberland County Police Testing Consortium program for the position of Patrol Officer.

Authorize advertisement to fill a vacant full-time EMT position.

Approve Change Order No. Five (5) for the 2020 Sanitary Sewer Replacement Project representing a net decrease in the awarded contract amount of $102,766.66 and approve the Certificate of Completion as all work associated with the project is complete.

Approve a three year Small Government Department Platform Program Annual Subscription from ESRI for GIS services in the amount of $16,500.00 per year under State Master Contract No. 4400022588.

Refer to the Planning Commission for review and comment the FEMA required draft update to the Township’s Floodplain Ordinance.

Approve certification for the Active Duty Hampden Township Volunteer Firefighter Local Earned Income Tax Credit in recognition of their commitment and volunteer service to the community.

Approve the 2023 Municipal Domestic Animal Protective Services Agreement with the Humane Society of the Harrisburg Area.

Authorize advertisement for competitive bids for the 2023 Township Street Resurfacing Project.

Authorize advertisement for competitive bids for lawn maintenance services at various Township-owned properties.

Approve Tuesday, October 31, 2023 from 6 to 8 p.m. as Trick or Treat night for Hampden Township.

Approve the use of the Recreation Community Room and requested waiver of the rental fee for the PA Lyme Resource Network-Harrisburg Region monthly meetings.

Authorize release of Christian Financial Resources Irrevocable Letter of Credit No. 8002481200 in the amount of $451,917.40 for the Vibrant Church Preliminary/Final Land Development Plan, PC File No. 20-06-01; project is complete.

Authorize release of Centric Bank Letter of Credit No. 430 in the amount of $396,132.88 for the Goddard School Preliminary/Final Subdivision and Land Development Plan, PC File No. 21-09-01; project is complete.

Authorize reduction of Centric Bank Irrevocable Standby Letter of Credit No. 382 from $208,250.70 to $30,095.70 for The Townes of Orrs Bridge Preliminary/Final Subdivision and Land Development Plan, PC File No. 19-02-01.

Approve the warrants payable for the month of December and a portion of January 2023.

Approve the regular meeting minutes of December 1, 2022.

The next Board of Commissioners meeting will be held February 2, 2023.

Approve the monthly report from Police Chief Junkin.

Approve the monthly report from Public Works Director Jeremy Miller.

Approve a Contribution Agreement with PennDOT for a Connects Traffic Study along a portion of Good Hope Road.

Approve a Grant Funding Agreement from Cumberland County for improvements to the Hampden Pool.

Approve the submission of a Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) Application and Business Plan for improvements to Hampden Pool.

Approve a request from the Hampden Aquatic Club for use of Hampden Pool in 2023.

Authorize issuance of a letter to Senator Rothman in support of Senate Bill 1360 being introduced in 2023-2024, Senate Co-Sponsorship Memoranda-PA State Senate, regarding stormwater fees, local government meeting advertising requirements and tax credits for volunteer firefighters.

Approve the 2023 reappointment of Erik Hume to the Vacancy Board and appointment of him to the Industrial Development Authority.

Approve the 2023 reappointment of Patrick Sullivan to the Sewer Authority,  

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.