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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

 What's New

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ACT 13 (Natural Gas Impact Fee)

 

2013 Unconventional Gas Well Fund Useage Report

Act 13

Primary Election Day – Tuesday, May 20th from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Halfmoon Township has been divided into two districts – If you are in Halfmoon East Central (pink) you will vote at the Halfmoon Christian Fellowship Church – If you are in Halfmoon Proper (green) you will vote at the Halfmoon Township Municipal Building in Stormstown. 

Halfmoon (Precinct 55)
Halfmoon Township Municipal Building,
100 Municipal Lane,
Port Matilda

Halfmoon East Central (Precinct 90)
Halfmoon Christian Fellowship Church,
1776 Halfmoon Valley Road,
Port Matilda

Polling Places
Port Matilda EMS will be hosting a Rabies Vaccination Clinic at the Station on May 3, 2014. Cost is $11.00 per animal and $10.00 for each additional animal per household. The clinic will run from 9:00 am till 11:00 pm. Please have all animals leashed or in carriers.
Port Matilda EMS
The Community Yard Sale will be held Friday, May 16th & Saturday, May 17th, 2014.  You set your own times.
Community Yard Sale
Halfmoon Township will hold Riff Raff Days for Township residents on Friday, May 16th from 8-6 and Saturday from 8-4:30.  Items should be brought to the Halfmoon Township Maintenance Building located behind Autumn Meadow Park.  There will be a $2.00 charge per tire for businesses.  Please see list below for acceptable and non-acceptable items. 
 
 
Goodwill will also be in attendance to collect Electronic Items.  See link below to view acceptable items.
 
 
Goodwill will also be collecting clothes and shoes.
 
Riff Raff Days
The Ice Skating Rink at Municipal Park is CLOSED.   
Ice Rink
Clearwater Conservancy
18th Annual
Watershed Cleanup Day
 
Saturday, April 26, 2014
8 am - Noon
(Picnic to follow at Spring Creek Park)
 
If you would like to participate in the 2014 Watershed Cleanup Day Event please contact Lori at (814) 237-0400 or lori@clearwaterconservancy.org
 
Watershed Cleanup Day
Halfmoon Township Easter Party
April 13th from 2-4 p.m.
100 Municipal Lane, Stormstown
 
See flyer for more details!
 
 
Easter Party
Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event
 
Friday, May 2, 2014
Saturday, May 3, 2014
 
Why: To safeguard children, pets and emergency responders and to protect our environment.
 
When: Friday, May 2, 2014, from 10 am to 6 pm.
Saturday, May 3, 2014, from 8 am to 2 pm.
 
Where: Centre County Recycling & Refuse Authority located at 253 Transfer Road near the Nittany Mall off Route 26.
 
What: Insecticides, weed killers, pool chemicals, cleaners, poisons, corrosives, flammables, oil-based paints, CFL bulbs and most other hazardous chemicals from household only.
 
DO NOT BRING: latex paint, used motor oil, antifreeze, medications and alkaline batteries. Please call with any questions.
 
Centre County Recycling & Refuse Authority
(814) 238-7005
Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event

Port Matilda EMS is accepting applications for a part-time EMT.

The position covers primarily daylight shifts on weekdays and weekends, with occasional evening shifts available.
Current EMT, CPR, HazMat Ops, driver's license and EVOC are required.

Please email PortCaptain27@gmail.com or call 814-692-1035 for an application.

Help Wanted

After much inquiry from our residents regarding the Greenwald Family who lost their home in a fire and much of their belongings, I would like to provide an update on some items that are needed.

**Fire Fighter and his family need your help!!** 

On Tuesday January 28th at 10PM Port Matilda Fire Company 15 was alerted to a structure fire on Port Matilda Highway assisting our neighboring Philipsburg Fire Dept.  Turns out the home belonged to Port Matilda Firefighter Dave "Axe" Greenwald, his wife Megan and their 1 year old daughter.  Even with a quick response and quickly getting the fire under control the home was ruled a total loss.   Very few items are salvageable.  To make things a little more urgent Megan is expecting their second child in June.   

To help out our Brother and his family we have set up a trust account At First National Bank (FNB) in State College under the name Dave and Megan Greenwald.  You can drop a donation at any Branch Office in State College or you can also mail to:

First National Bank

1667 North Atherton Street

State College PA, 16803 

If you have other items you would like to donate or any questions, please contact Lorie Price at 814-571-2440.

The family just found out they are having a boy. 

Newborn Baby items needed – changing table, bassinet, bathtub ring, diapers, baby food, baby wipes, pack n play, clothes.

Men’s shirts XL

Men’s Cargo Pants 34 X 32

Women’s light weight coat – size XL or XLL

Children’s – 18 mo. summer clothes and size 3 diapers

The family is also looking for a house to rent for 6-9 months or more until they can get into a new house. If anyone is aware of a house for rent in the Port Matilda area, please contact Lori Price 571-2440.

Gift cards are being donated as well for groceries and needed day to day items.

If you would like to donate items or gift cards they can be dropped off at the Municipal Office in Stormstown for collection by the Port Matilda Fire Company or the Fire Company will pick the items up at your home. 

A representative of the Fire Company expressed gratitude and thanks for your willingness to want to help this family and their fellow Fireman. 

Port Matilda Fire Company
2014 Winter Newsletter

Road Crew Paves the Way for a Safer Drive

Basic statistics:

            1.         The Township is responsible for maintaining 21.69 miles of roads

            2.         The State maintains the 8.84 miles of SR 550 which is in the Township

            3.         There are approximately 40 cul de sacs the Township maintains

4.         The Township road crew consists of one Roadmaster and one Public Works Laborer. 

5.         All individuals who work on Township roads must possess CDL licenses,

6.         All individuals cannot work more than a 12-14 hour shift.

7.         Occasionally due to the above legal restraints, the Township will hire additional part independent contractors and laborers to assist in snow removal.

8.         The Township has two plows to use for snow removal.

The Township receives notice as much as possible prior to an important winter event from the National Weather Service.  The notices contain information as to when the storm will arrive, the anticipated time of impact, type of precipitation, and expected quantities. 

The Township Roadmaster then reviews the National Weather Service information and schedules himself and staff accordingly. 

These plans include but are not necessarily limited to:

            1.         Placing anti-skid on Township roadways before the snowstorm whenever possible

            2.         After 2-3 inches have accumulated, the road crews will begin plowing the roads. 

3.         During the storm (Each road is plowed no more than once every two hours.  It sometimes may be longer depending on type of snow as well as shift hours, refueling, maintenance issues):

Plows will be out at all the times between the hours of 5:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. during the storm (except between 7:00 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. as to avoid interfering with school bus students and travel)

One staff member is responsible for Smith Roads and all points west.  The other individual is responsible for Ira Lane and all points east.

                        It takes each individual an average of two hours to plow his assigned route. 

During the storm, the road crews only plow to keep the roadways open.  Roads are not widened nor cul de sacs plowed until the storm ends. 

            4.         After the storm is over (Completion time around 8-10 hours):

                        Road crews widen all roadways (approximately time 5-7 hours to complete)

                        Road crews plow and widen cul de sacs (approximate time 3 hours to complete)

Reminders: 

All vehicles need to be removed from the roadways after 2 inches or more of snow have fallen. 

It is illegal to plow snow from a driveway and push it out into roadway as well as deposit it across street

Roads on open hilltops drift quickly.  Examples are Saddleridge, Houtz, Sawmill and Darrich.  Drive these open areas with caution during the storm.

Thank you for your assistance.  The Road Crew and Township staff wants to continue to serve everyone as quickly as possible.  Therefore, if you see anything the road crew has missed or needs attention right away, do not hesitate to give the Township a call at 814-692-9800.  As soon as possible, office staff will give the road crews your message and get to the area as quickly as possible.

Snow Removal & Mailbox Repair Policy

Snow Policy
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 Supervisors of Halfmoon Township have hired the consulting form of Johnson, Mirmian & Thompson ("JMT") to conduct a Master Parks Plan for the Township.  This study will not only access what park amenities the Township presently has but will also make recommendations as to improvements.  Accordingly, this is not only an interesting and important study but one in which we need citizen involvement to assure the future of the Township's parks are in accordance with what the Township's citizens wish and would use.  

Therefore, the Supervisors are looking for seven individuals who would like to serve at the heart of his study, which is the steering committee.  The duties of this committee would be to meet with the Park Consultant at least four times, and if the individual wished, to attend four public meetings and any focus groups.  If you are interested or desire more information please contact Susan Steele at manager@halfmoontwp.us by February 15, 2014.

Volunteers Needed
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
Please note: 
 
Port Matilda EMS have mailed out their membership forms.  We encourage you to support your local EMS with a membership. 
 
Centre LifeLink, the ambulance service based in State College, has mailed their annual membership forms (you may have received one in the mail). The primary ambulance service for all residents of Halfmoon Township is Port Matilda EMS. The membership forms for Port Matilda EMS will be mailed out shortly.
 
Any questions regarding ambulance service coverage areas may be directed to Sandra Neal, PMEMS President, PortMatildaEMS@gmail.com
PMEMS Memberships
Have you ever wondered if you have what it takes to be an active member of an ambulance service?  Why not try it for a day?  Participate in their Observer Program!  Contact them at PortMatildaEMS@gmail.com for more information.
 
Port Matilda EMS
Contact:  Barbara Fleischer, 814-883-1337, barb.fleischer@gmail.com, or Lori Clayton, lafc30@gmail.com, 814-692-8077 for more information on the 2014 Garden Club schedule.

2014 Garden Club Information
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
Halfmoon Board of Supervisors Chair, Mark Stevenson, at the recently completed half-court basketball facility at Autumn Meadow Park.  The Board conducted a Parks and Recreation Town Hall meeting in the spring of 2012 and received citizen input on the need for more recreational facilities at Autumn Meadow.  Several individuals suggested a basketball court to allow kids (and adults) from the surrounding neighborhoods the chance to play some hoops.  The project came in on time and on budget.  The Board would like to thank our Township Engineer, Township Manager, Township Clerk, and Road/Parks Crew for their hard work to make this goal a reality for residents.
 
Chairman, Mark Stevenson
Half Court at Autumn Meadow
For more information on Health Care options for Veterans please see link below.
 
VA Healthcare

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.

 

A public hearing will be held October 10th at 7:00 p.m. The public is welcome to attend and provide comments.  Below is a copy of the DRAFT Official Map.

 
Official Map
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
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.

New Office Hours

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)