Manager's Corner

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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 through the first Saturday of January 2023 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The facility is closed on holidays (including holiday weekends such as Saturday, April 16 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 2, 2022 meeting, the Board of Commissioners took the following actions: 

Approve a proposed Eagle Scout project by Ryan Calvanelli at the Conodoguinet Youth Park.

Approve a proposed Zoning Ordinance Text Amendment to Chapter 27, Part 2, Section 203; Part 11, Section 1112; and Part 19 Conditional Use permitting Contractor’s Equipment Storage in the Apartment Office Limited zoning district.

Approve, with conditions, the Final Subdivision plan for Ruth S. Shellabear, located at 3915 Sullivan Street and 3712 Leyland Drive.

Table the Preliminary/Final Land Development Plan for Townes of Hampden located on Wertzville Road.

Approve, full-time, regular employment for Jeremy Spicher, Public Works Department Plan Review Inspection Group Superintendent, effective June 16, 2022, upon successful completion of a probationary period.

Ratify and approve the hiring of part-time and seasonal employees for various Township Departments.

Approve a list of Hampden Township Volunteer Fire Company Fire Police Officers who successfully completed background checks. These additional volunteers include Roni Gossweiler, Mike Crider and Charlie Bridger.

Approve a five year professional  service agreement with MaherDuessel for annual financial audit services.

Approve a contract with Findley Construction Co., Inc. at a cost not to exceed $3,000.00 and purchase of asphalt from Pennsy Supply, Inc. through a State contract at a cost not to exceed $5,437.50 for paving the access drive to the Conodoguinet Youth Park.

Approve a proposal from Breneman Company to resurface and color coat the existing basketball court at Creekview North Park at a cost not to exceed $17,500.00.  The lowest of three competitive quotes requested by the Township.

Approve a proposal from Gordian to resurface and color coat the existing tennis courts (2) at Hampden Park at a cost not to exceed $41,400.00.  The lowest of three competitive quotes requested by the Township.

Approve a contract with D.E. Gemill for line striping and signalized intersection pavement markings at a cost not to exceed $40,000.00 through the Capital Region Council of Governments contract.

Approve a proposal from Pumping Solutions, Inc. for Pump Station No. 12 seal water upgrade project at a cost not to exceed $17,200.00, lowest of three competitive quotes.

Accept a proposal from Mr. Rehab, LLC to repair grouting leaks at Pump Station Nos. 1, 7, 11, 14 and 23 at a total cost not to exceed $26,318.00 through Co-Stars Contract No. 016-037.

Approve a time limit extension for the Townes of Hampden Preliminary/Final Land Development Plan, PC File No. 22-03-01, from June 8, 2022 to July 1, 2022.

Approve release of Fulton Bank Letter of Credit No. D006224 for the Landover Preliminary/Final Subdivision Plan, PC File No. 13-09-01, in the amount of $229,942.42 and release of Fulton Bank Letter of Credit No. D007451 for the Landover 6-Unit Final Land Development Plan, PC File No. 17-06-01, in the amount of $28,017.00.

Approve release of Link Bank Letter of Credit No. 753138 in the amount of $75,371.00 and the remaining infrastructure escrow balance for the Daybreak Church Preliminary/Final Land Development Plan, PC File No. 19-12-02.

Approve Pay Estimate No. 7 Pennsy Supply, Inc. in the amount of $25,809.60 and Change Order No. 3 deduct for work completed associated with the 2021 Street Resurfacing Project (paving of Srouji Park parking lot and path).

Approve waiver of permit fees and stormwater management review requirements for a walking path extension along Technology Parkway from UPMC West Shore to Mt. View Road.

Approve Street Cut Permit Application No. 2022-10 for a gas leak repair at 302 St. Marks Drive, subject to staff comments being satisfactorily addressed.

Approve Street Cut Permit Application No. 2022-63 to extend a gas main at Heatherwood Court and Greenbriar Lane, subject to staff comments being satisfactorily addressed.

Approve Street Cut Permit Application No. 2022-147 for replacing gas service at 16 Donald Street, subject to staff comments being satisfactorily addressed.

Approve Resolution No. 2022-12 declaring certain Township-owned items as surplus for disposal or sale at the annual CAPCOG Auction.

Approve a request from Soroptimist International of West Shore to waive the rental fee for a picnic pavilion at Creekview North Park.

Approve the warrants payable for the month of May 2022.

Approve the regular meeting minutes of April 28 and special meeting minutes of May 16, 2022.

Confirm the next Board of Commissioners meeting is to be held on Thursday, June 30, 2022.

Accept the monthly report from Police Chief Junkin.

Accept the monthly report from the Public Works Director, Jeremy Miller.

Authorize advertisement of a public relations and communications position for Hampden Township.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.