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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 September 29, 2022 meeting, the Board of Commissioners took the following actions: 

Tabled a Comprehensive Plan Future Land Use Map amendment, Zoning Map amendment and Zoning Ordinance Text Amendment for an approximate 120 acre parcel of land located at the corner of Good Hope Road and Technology Parkway.

Authorize advertisement of a Public Hearing for a proposed Zoning Ordinance Text Amendment to Chapter 27, Part 17, Section 1721 to permit Changeable Message Signs as Wall Signs in the Commercial General and Commercial Limited Zoning Districts. Request submitted by Cloud10 Holdco, LLC for an approved car wash facility at the corner of Carlisle Pike and Brondle Blvd.

Refer to the Planning Commission a proposed Text Amendment to Chapter 27, Part 13, Section 1303 to permit Convenience Stores, with fuel dispensing facilities, in the Commercial Limited Zoning District with no more than 12 fueling positions.  Request submitted by Koloman Development, LLC for a proposed project at the corner of the Carlisle Pike and St. John’s Church Road.

Refer to the Planning Commission a proposed 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 restriction on the number of fueling positions. Request submitted by Berkley, LLC for a proposed project located off of Technology Parkway and Mt. Zion Drive.

Accept a proposal from Pumping Solutions, Inc. for bypass pumping installation at Pump Station No. 23 at a cost not to exceed $22,266.00 through Co-Stars Contract No. 016-E22-228.

Accept a proposal from Trane Technologies for software/hardware HVAC upgrade and maintenance services at a cost not to exceed $27,959.00 through Co-Stars Contract No. 008-E22-847.  System is currently in place at the Hampden Township Municipal Building, Good Hope Station and Wastewater Administration Building which needs upgraded.

Approve a proposal from Pennsy Supply to pave an additional pathway at the Veterans Recognition Park from the existing access path to the two new hardscaped flagpoles at a cost of $9,320.00.

Approve the purchase of Microsoft Office 365 license subscription from ITsavvy at a current monthly cost of $1,508.00.

Approve an agreement with ITsavvy at a cost not to exceed $8,125.00 for professional services to migrate Microsoft Exchange mailboxes to cloud based service.

Adopt Ordinance No 2022-09 pertaining to Act 57 of 2022 regarding real estate tax late fee waivers when a documented reason for late payment can be attested to by the property owner.

Adopt Resolution No. 2022-18 establishing a Hampden Township Fire Rescue Fee Schedule assessing insurance companies reasonable fees associated with emergency response by the Hampden Township Volunteer Fire Company.

Approve an Adopt a Highway-Park application with NAPA Transportation, Inc. for Salem Park.

Ratify a donation of a 2023 Hampden Resident Family Pool gift certificate to the Hampden Township Veterans Recognition Committee for its annual golf outing Silent Auction.

Deny release of cash financial security in the amount of $38,874.70 for the Taco Bell Final Land Development Plan, PC File No. 17-01-02. Project has not been closed out.

Deny the McNaughton Company’s request for release of HARCO Letter of Credit No. 795425 for Street Cut Permit No. 2021-136, 2130 Lamb’s Gap Road, in the amount of $16,399.00. The maintenance period has not expired.

Approve calling upon collection of developer provided security for final preparation and paving of the streets in The Meadows of Lamb’s Gap if the streets are not completed by the developer in accordance with Township standards for offer of dedication to the Township by October 27, 2022.

Approve warrants payable for the month of September 2022.

Approve the regular meeting minutes of September 1, 2022.

The next Board of Commissioners meeting is to be held on Thursday, October 27, 2022.

Approve the appointment of the selected Police Officer to participate in the Cumberland County Special Response Team program.

Accept the monthly report from Police Chief Junkin.

Approve referral to the Planning Commission revisions to Chapter 22, Land Development Ordinance, for review and recommendations to the Board of Commissioners.

Approve the purchase of an F250 pick-up truck from Fred Beans Ford at a cost of $55,000.00 through a Co-Stars Contract.

Accept the monthly report from Public Works Director Jeremy Miller.

Approve a 3 year contract with Results Energy Consulting, Inc. for the natural gas service to Township buildings.

Approve a quote from Security Fence of $24,990.00 and a Gordian quote of $61,576.60, through Keystone Purchasing Network, for a total of $86,566.60 for improvements to the Hampden Park Pickleball Court.

Appoint Parimala Rajesh and Kaitlyn Silcox to the 2022-2023 Junior Commissioners program.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.