THE TOWNSHIP OF HALFMOON IS TAKING APPLICATIONS FOR A PART-TIME PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT LABORER who will begin tentatively at the end of April through September. This individual must be capable of utilizing township equipment, pass flagger training course, help with weekend Riff Raff one weekend out of the year, must have a valid PA Driver’s License, CDL preferred. This is a part time position for around 18 - 25 hours per week. Compensation $15.00 an hour. If interested submit your resume, salary requirements and level of interest by March 28, 2014 to: Township Roadmaster, Halfmoon Township, 100 Municipal Road, Port Matilda, PA 16870.
Part-time Employment Application
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.
The Ice Skating Rink at Municipal Park is OPEN.
CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) is FREE Training Program being offered to Centre County thanks to a grant from PEMA (Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency). CERT is actually a nationwide program established by FEMA that has been growing across the country for several years now.
CERT was created to enable ordinary citizens to safely help in the event of a major disaster where the emergency services may be overwhelmed. Trained CERT members can safely step up to help themselves, their families and neighbors using the skills they learned and tools they were given.
For more information on March training see link below. Sign up registration cutoff is March 19th. Must attend all three sessions to fulfill 20 hour course requirement.
Community Emergency Response Team Training Information
Hopefully spring is just around the corner! The Centre County Conservation District’s annual Tree Seedling Sale is now under way. Please note that orders are due March 31, 2014. The order form and descriptions are attached. They can also be accessed from the link below to view the order form in color. Click on the “Tree Descriptions and Order Form” link in the What’s New section.
Thanks in advance for helping to support our environmental education programs in Centre County. Following is a news release announcing the sale.
Halfmoon Township Easter Party
April 13th from 2-4 p.m.
100 Municipal Lane, Stormstown
See flyer for more details!
Road Crew Paves the Way for a Safer Drive
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)
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
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?
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 email@example.com
by February 15, 2014.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
For more information on Health Care options for Veterans please see link below.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.