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Welcome to Halfmoon Township

Halfmoon Township is a rural area that has long been a major source of agricultural products. This rural atmosphere, with its low population density and proximity to the cultural attractions of Penn State University, has become appealing to people who have historically dwelled in or near a city; consequently, over the past twenty years, the population has increased dramatically, while the farming population has decreased. Still, Halfmoon Township has maintained its rural feeling, with all the associated pros and cons that come with country living.

If you would like to be added to our email list serve and receive email updates about what is happening in Halfmoon Township you may do so by emailing Amy Smith at townshipclerk@halfmoontwp.us

 Bench Dedication

July 24, 2014 - Bench Dedication and Appreciation Ceremony for Bob Eberhart (Wildlife Corridor, Halfmoon Township)

 What's New

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Want to make a donation to your volunteer Emergency Medical Service and Fire Company provider? 
 
Port Matilda EMS
402 S. High Street
Port Matilda, PA  16870
 
Port Matilda Fire Company
P.O. Box 472
Port Matilda, PA  16870
PMEMS & PMFC

DID YOU KNOW?

CATA NOW HAS A SMART PHONE APP WHICH WILL SHOW YOU SCHEDULES AND TIMES FOR G ROUTE AND THEY HAVE A RIDE FOR FIVE PROGRAM realtime.catabus.com

 

 

CATA Bus
Autumn Newsletter
The Board of Supervisors will hold budget meetings on:
September 11th, hold budget meeting after regular meeting;
September 25th, hold budget meeting after regular meeting;
October 6th, hold budget meeting at 6:30 p.m.;
October 9th, hold budget meeting after regular meeting;
Public Hearing, November 20th
 
Meetings are open to the public and held at the Municipal Building located at 100 Municipal Lane. 
Budget Meetings
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.
 
Zoning Officer Hours:  Monday & Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to noon and Wednesdays from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

New Office Hours
The Tennis Court is open. 
Tennis Court
Halfmoon Township Town Hall meeting on the Parks Master Plan is now available to view online at cnet1.org.  A direct link to the online program is below:

Town Hall Meeting
Reminder:  There are no dogs permitted in Halfmoon Township Parks. 
Parks

From PA Dept of Revenue & Finance:  Online Property Tax/Rent Rebate Form Ordering

The Property Tax/Rent Rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians age 65 and older; widows and widowers age 50 and older; and people with disabilities age 18 and older. The program expansion increased the income limit from $15,000 to $35,000 (which excludes half of Social Security income) for homeowners and raises the maximum rebate for both homeowners and renters from $500 to $650. The income limit for renters is $15,000.

www.revenue.state.pa.us

Rebate Program
 

What Do You Think About the Parks and Recreation in Halfmoon Township?

 

We’re working a creating master plans for our two Township Parks: Half Moon Township Park by the Township Building off of Route 550 and Autumn Meadow Park. We’ll use the master plans to help improve the parks to make them great public spaces for residents of all ages and interests.

 

Here’s your chance to tell us your ideas, suggestions, and concerns – right from the convenience of your own home!

 

 So it is very important for you to take a few minutes of time to give us your opinion by completing the online questionnaire!

 

Would you also please help us by telling your friends and neighbors about the online survey and encouraging them to go online to complete questionnaire? We’d like to hear from as many of our citizens as possible. Click link below to take the survey.

 

Survey

 

For further information, please contact Susan Steele, Halfmoon Township Manager at (814) 692-9800 or by e-mail at manager@halfmoontwp.us

 

 

Survey
 Just a reminder regarding the Township's dumping regulations. 
 
Attached are pictures of household garbage bags that were placed at the Ira Lane Recycling area during the Memorial Day weekend.  The bags were there by 3:00 p.m. on Memorial Day and were still there at 9:00 a.m. the day after.  Please note the following so as to avoid any problems in the future:
 
    1.    Recyclables are not to be left outside of the containers in bags
    2.    Only items that ARE recyclable are to be disposed of
    3.    Many of these items as shown are household garbage or hazardous waste containers     and     therefore are considered "dumped"
    4.    The Township Ordinances state the following:
 
    Section 195-25--Dumping Prohibited.  No person, firm or corporation shall use or permit to be used any spot or place within the Township as a public or private dump for waste.
 
    Section 195-29--Violations and Penalties.  Any person who violates or permits a violation of this article shall, upon conviction in a summary proceeding before a Magisterial District Judge after the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure, be guilty of a summary offense and shall be punishable by a fine or not more than $1,000, plus costs of prosecution.  In default of payment thereof, the defendant may be sentenced to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 90 days.  Each day or portion thereof that such violation continues or is permitted to continue shall constitute a separate offense, and each section of this article that is violated shall also constitute a separate offense.
 
Garbage Waste
Grass Clippings are accepted at no cost at the Glenn O. Hawbaker Recycling Center 24 hours a day.  There is a concrete barrier just outside the entrance where you can leave your grass clippings.  Please take them out of the bag and take any bagging with you.  There are also other materials accepted that may involve a fee.  Please see link below to find pricing information. 
 
 
Location:   110 Hawbaker Industrial Drive Street
    State College, PA 16803
Telephone:

 

(814) 272-0008

Grass Clippings

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.

 

 
Official Map

ACT 13 (Natural Gas Impact Fee)

 

2013 Unconventional Gas Well Fund Useage Report

Act 13
A message from Port Matilda EMS to area residents --

This ambulance company serves the community, but without the support of the community, we may not be here much longer.  We are being bled dry financially by insurance companies who fail to fully reimburse us for service provided; by Medicare which reimburses us for 20% of the bill or less; by workers compensation insurance costs which escalate year after year.
We recently mailed out our Membership Drive Subscriptions.  Last year only 558 of the over 4000 memberships were returned.  That's a mere 13% of the community supporting us financially.  If only 50% of the community were to support us, that would account for over half of our budgeted expenses.
Purchasing a Membership not only ensures ambulance coverage for your family, it ensures ambulance coverage for your community.
For the same price of dinner out and a movie for you and your family, you could purchase a one-year Membership from this ambulance company.
Will you please support us now so we can be there for you?
 
Port Matilda EMS
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.
 
The meetings are also available to watch online at C-NET 
Halfmoon Township Board of Supervisors meetings on C-NET
2014 Dog Licenses are now available at the Halfmoon Township Office.  Lifetime Dog Licenses can only be purchased at the Treasurer's Office in the Willowbank Building in Bellefonte.
 
Regular Fee
Male - 8.95
Neutered Male - 6.95
Female - 8.95
Spayed Female - 6.95
 
Person with disability or senior citizen fee - must be 65 years or older
Male 6.95
Neutered Male - 4.95
Female - 6.95
Spayed Female - 4.95
 
Make checks payable to Halfmoon Township. 
 
Office hours are Monday - Friday
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
closed 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.
 
Dog License
 

 

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.

 

A copy of the DRAFT Future Land Use Map are available for review on the Township website.

 
Listening Sessions
For more information on Health Care options for Veterans please see link below.
 
VA Healthcare
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: http://www.fema.gov/smartphone-app


Display the Yellow Dot in Your Vehicle

Pennsylvania’s Yellow Dot Program was created to assist citizens in the “golden hour” of emergency care following a traffic accident when they may not be able to communicate their needs themselves. Placing a yellow dot in your vehicle’s rear window alerts first responders to check your glove compartment for vital information to ensure you receive the medical attention you need.The program is a cooperative effort among the Pennsylvania Departments of Transportation, Health and Aging; the Pennsylvania State Police, The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission and first responders and local law enforcement. More information, including how to obtain a yellow dot kit, can be found at: www.yellowdot.pa.gov
Emergency Information
A guide to maintaining your septic system.
 
 
Septic Smart Guide

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 pmfc15secretary@yahoo.com

Volunteers Needed

Link to CATA Bus mobile applications for iphone and android:  http://catabus.com/Announcements/Mobileapps.html

Mobile Apps Link
Pension Plan Disclosure Statement

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. 

Leaf Collection

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:

Examples:

  • 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.

Posting House Numbers
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.
 
 
 
Municipal Building Feasibility Study

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 chahn@centreconnect.org 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.

C-NET email notifications
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.
 
Halfmoon Township Code
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.
Code Red

Provided below are links to Emergency Management information through the Centre Region Emergency Management Agency.

Centre Region Emergency Management website:   www.crcog.net/EM

Centre Region Emergency Management Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/centreregionready

Centre Region Emergency Management Twitter page:  http://twitter.com/cremalerts

Centre Region Emergency Management Agency
Halfmoon Township Regional Services & Program Participation

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

Senior Citizen 55+ programs
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.
 
Centre County Geographic Information System (GIS)