The Halfmoon Township Office will be closed Monday, May 27th to observe Memorial Day.
Summer Park Program begins June 17th for Little People and June 18th for Big Kids park and ends July 25th, 2013 The program is ran at the Township Municipal Lane Park, 100 Municipal Lane, Stormstown.
Just as a reminder - Your child has to be 5 years old and have attended Kindergarten to attend Big Peoples Park.
Download FEMA's Smartphone App
FEMA has a smartphone app that provides information on disaster preparedness and a map to active shelters. The app can be downloaded for free from your service provider. Visit the following line for more information:
CATA and the Township are working together in an attempt to increase ridership on the CATA services presently being provided within the Township.
As a background, when CATA was first instituted within the Township back in 2008, 54 citizens indicated they wished to use the weekly commuter bus service. Since that time ridership has never reached this 54 number and at best was 24 individuals and for the last year dropped to six riders per weekday that get on or off a Halfmoon Township bus stop. In addition, the CATA Ride program for the senior citizens or citizens who need assistance has only seen a total of four riders in the last year.
As a result of these numbers, many citizens are questioning if the Township should retain the CATA services within the Township. Staff reviewed the above numbers as well as spoke to CATA in an attempt to derive a ridership benchmark number. The number the Township would like to obtain is 15 consistent weekday riders per day. To that end, the Township encourages individuals to use the commuter service as well as the CATA Ride service. There are two morning runs, one mid day run and two evening runs.
CATA will be tracking ridership beginning in September through December, 2013, and present the data to the Township after 1/1/2014.
For more information please contact the Township office or CATA.
The Port Matilda EMS is requesting donations for perennial flowers and shrubs to enhance the landscaping at the Port Matilda EMS Building. If you are interested in donating perennial flowers or shrubs please contact the PMEMS at 814-692-1035.
Port Matilda Fire Company
GUN RAFFLE 2013
5th Annual Drawing
Saturday, October 19, 2013 - Noon - 6 p.m.
1st drawing at 1 PM
Port Matilda Fire Hall, Port Matilda, PA
$10.00 per ticket
Only 1,500 tickets sold· Doors will open at 11:30 a.m.
Food and beverages will be provided. Don't need to be present to win. Must
be 12 or older to enter, $5.00 for minors 12 - 17 all others need ticket to
enter. Each ticket can win only once.
The Tennis Court is now open!
The Clearwater Conservancy was awarded a $185,000 grant for stream restoration projects in the Halfmoon Creek Watershed. Clearwater hopes to use the grant funds along with additional private funding sources to encourage property owners in the Halfmoon Creek Watershed to participate in projects that restore stream banks and riparian areas to mitigate stream impairment.
Residents with perennial or intermittent streams running through their property who are interested in participating in this program should contact Clearwater Conservancy 237-0400.
The Halfmoon Creek Watershed has been identified by the North Central Office of the Department of Environmental Protection as a priority for mitigation efforts.
A guide to maintaining your septic system.
NOTICE TO ALL RESIDENTS
THE PORT MATILDA FIRE COMPANY NEEDS YOU!
The Port Matilda Volunteer Fire Company is one of two fire companies that service the Township as it relates to fire, resident evacuations, and other emergency concerns.
They are looking for volunteers within the Township for the following:
1. Firefighters Full member, responds to Fire/Rescue calls.
2. Volunteers to work fund raising events (i.e., serve dinners, charity events, etc.) Sometimes asked to prepare food and provide refreshments for large long calls.
If you are interested, please call the firehouse 814-692-4074 or contact the secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org
This is a great deal for the summer. Just remember that the G-bus only operates Monday - Friday.
CATA Summer Youth Pass
CATA will again offer a three-month summer OnePass to middle and high school students for a deeply discounted cost of only $59.00 (a $177.00 value). The pass offers unlimited access to all CATABUS routes Saturday, June 1, through Saturday, August 31, 2013.
High school students must present a current high school identification card to qualify for the pass. Middle school students without school identification must present a statement signed by a parent to verify middle school attendance. Two complimentary ride passes will be provided to all participants for parents and travel training purposes.
Summer Youth Passes will go on sale starting Wednesday, May 15, and are available for purchase at either CATA office. For additional information, please visit www.catabus.com or call (814) 238-CATA(2282).
The Future Land Use Map is a tool municipalities use to identify the location of future residential, commercial and mixed use development, parks and recreation facilities, and areas for agricultural and forestry uses. The Future Land Use Map will be included in the Centre Region Comprehensive Plan as a guide to future growth and development in Halfmoon Township.
The Official Map is a tool that allows municipalities to identify the future location of streets, parks, hike/bike paths, open space, and other facilities that the municipality is interested in for some of type of public use. This proposed Official Map illustrates the future location of parks, paths, trails and "share the road" designations that were identified at the Town Hall Meeting last year. The features identified on the Official Map are "paper facilities." Unless the property owner agrees to dedicate or donate the mapped land to the municipality, the municipality must work with the property owner to purchase or acquire an easement to use the land. The Official Map simply gives the municipality "first dibs" on acquiring the property for public use before a property owner decides to build or develop.
Copies of the DRAFT Official Map and DRAFT Future Land Use Map are available for review on the Township website. A formal public hearing on the Official Map will take place in February or March of 2013.
2013 Memberships for Port Matilda EMS are FINALLY in the mail! Everyone who had a 2012 membership has had their membership extended til the end of January 2013 to provide coverage.
If you do not receive your membership by January 11th, let us know by calling 814-692-1035.
Please keep in mind that Port Matilda EMS is the service provider for Halfmoon Township and you do not need to purchase a membership through Centre Life Link to have coverage with them in the event they are being used as a backup to Port Matilda EMS. It would not cover Centre Life Link service if you are in State College and out of the coverage service area for Port Matilda EMS.
New Office Hours effective 1/1/13 as follows:
Municipal Building: 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., closed for lunch noon to 1 p.m.
Maintenance Bldg: 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., closed for lunch noon to 1 p.m.
The Board of Supervisors have adopted Resolution 2012-30, to become effective January 1, 2013, to establish the fees and use of the Municipal Building located at 100 Municpal Lane, Port Matilda, PA.
Resolution 1998-9 is repealed and replaced as follows:
The Township Office meeting room is available by the public for rental only when it is not in use for Township business and meetings;
To be included in this rental would also be the public restrooms, tables and chairs located in the meeting room area;
However, under no circumstances is the office area, the separate rental of the public restrooms, or separate rental of the tables and chairs located in the meeting room available for rent;
A fee of $20 for one 24 hour period is herby established as the rental fee for the municipal building for Township residents;If key is not returned within 48 hours the key deposit will be deposited into Township accounts and not refunded.
A fee of $30 for one 24 hour period is hereby established as the rental fee for the municipal building for non-Township residents;
Non-profit groups are not charged a rental fee; a $50 key deposit is required when key is issued. If key is not returned the key deposit will be deposited into Township accounts and not refunded.
The Board of Supervisors adopted the Halfmoon Township Pavilion Reservation Agreement to become effective January 1, 2013. If you would like to reserve the Pavilion at Municipal Lane Park or at Autumn Meadow Park you must fill out the Pavilion Reservation Agreement and provide the rental fee to the Halfmoon Township Office. Unless reserved, pavilions will remain accessible and free of charge for public use.
The Board of Supervisors adopted the Halfmoon Township Field Reservation Agreement to become effective January 1, 2013. If you would like to reserve the Ball Fields at Municipal Lane Park or the Field at Autumn Meadow Park you must fill out the Field Reservation Agreement and provide the rental fee to the Halfmoon Township Office. Unless reserved, all sport fields will remain accessible and free of charge for public use.
2013 Dog Licenses are now available at the Halfmoon Township Office. Please make checks payable to Halfmoon Township if purchasing at the Township Office. Applications are available under the Applications and permits link on the left hand side of the page.
Greenmoore Gardens Farm is accepting leaf collections for composting. Residents can drop off their leaf collections on the east side of Gray’s Cemetery along State Route 550 on the Greenmoore Gardens property. There is a turn off just past the Cemetery where the collection piles have been started. Please continue using the same piles that are already in existence. Please bring only clean leaves minus any debris. Greenmore Gardens will accept leaves during daylight hours only. There is no fee to residents. Do not place bagged leaves at compost site.
For any questions please contact Mark Maloney at 814-237-0082.
The Halfmoon Township Board of Supervisors have placed a moratorium on accepting any new conservation lease applications or any advance payment requests for one year. This has been placed into effect as of July 12, 2012.
POSTING HOUSE NUMBERS: Residents should post the house number on their home per your local municipality’s specific requirements. Landlords should post the proper house number on the building and a secondary apartment or suite number. Tenants should encourage their landlord to follow the suggested policy.
The house number shall be made up of numbers and/or letters which are contrasting in color with the background on which they are affixed, as near to the front entrance as possible and practical so that the number is legible from the sidewalk (if any), the road, and the opposite side of the street--day or night. Examples are listed below. Again, please check with your municipality for their specific requirements:
- Residences, Townhouse and “In-Town” Businesses: Numbers shall be at least four (4) inches in height.
- Apartment Building and High-Rises: Numbers shall be at least six (6) inches in height. Apartment numbers for individual units within the complex shall be displayed on or above or to the side of the doorway to each unit.
- Industrial and Commercial Structures: Numbers shall be at least ten (10) inches in height.
- Private Lanes and Long Driveways: A resident whose house number is not clearly visible from the street should install a post near the end of the driveway with numbers at least four (4) inches in height, and at least forty-eight (48) inches above the ground.
Municipal Building discussion information:
On November 21,2011, the Township tested the Township's Municipal Building and conducted a mold analysis on the meeting room. The analysis indicated there were two abnormal and microtoxic molds present within the Township Building most prevalent in the meeting room. These two molds were Chaetomium and Peniccilium/Aspergillus.
Although the counts are not known to cause any major health problems and are not extremely elevated, something that is microtoxic is more of a health concern than other types of molds. See link below for mold analysis.
Residents may now receive email notifications when programs of interest to them are available to view on the web at cnet1.org. Residents may sign up to receive notifications for programs such as the Halfmoon Township Supervisors, meetings of the Centre Region COG, State College Area School Board meetings, or Penn State Lectures and Special events (just to name a few!) Simply send an email to email@example.com and specify for which programs you would like to be notified. C-NET’s online programming is “bookmarked” by agenda item, so it’s quick and easy to watch only the portion of the program of interest to you. For any questions about C-NET’s Email Notification Service, call C-NET at 238-5031.
Halfmoon Township Ordinances are now available on-line to view. Just click on the link below and search the Ordinances by entering a keyword or phrase.
The Halfmoon Township Board of Supervisors meetings air on C-NET, Channel 7 at the times listed below during the five days following the meeting:
Saturday at 4:00 p.m.
Sunday at 8:00 p.m.
Monday at 1:00 a.m.
Tuesday at 6:00 a.m.
Residents Encouraged To Sign Up To Receive Emergency Alerts
Centre Region residents are encouraged to click the link below and register to receive emergency alerts directly via their landlines, cell phones and email accounts through the Centre County Code Red System. Alerts will only be sent when critical information has to be communicated and all information will be kept confidential.
Provided below are links to 55+ activities offered through the Centre Region Parks & Recreation Program Senior Center, Centre Region Social Club & Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Penn State. Halfmoon Township is not a member of the Centre Region Parks & Recreation Program so fees will apply to each activity. Please call the phone numbers provided in the links to find information on pricing and availability.
Centre Region Senior Center
Centre Region Senior Social Club
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
Centre County Geographic Information System (GIS)
CentreMap provides free and convenient access to digital mapping for Centre County. A wide variety of local mapping information is available through CentreMap including streets, streams, trails, parcels and aerial photography. Simple tools make it easy to make maps and get detailed information about any location in Centre County.