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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

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Penn State is offering a class for anyone interested in holding a local government elected position. There is a Municipal Election this year.  If you are interested in having your name on the ballot you can get more information at http://centrecountypa.gov/index.aspx?NID=240 or contact the Election Office at 814-355-6703.
Elected Official Class

ACT 13 (Natural Gas Impact Fee)

Marcellus Shale Report

 

Act 13

Municipal Building Status:

In FY 2016 the municipal building was closed to remediate all the mold and to begin rebuild of the former municipal building.  However, as part of the mold remediation the meeting room was taken down to studs, the bathrooms and lobby area completely gutted, and wallboards in the former office area.   The supervisors discussed at length the best way to rebuild the present municipal building over the last year as the remediation work necessitated two ADA bathrooms, electrical upgrades, new walls in the present meeting room, lobby area, and former offices.  These discussions included the present use of the building by the public due to the area’s parking and park facilities.  The supervisors concluded the best use of the municipal building was to transition it from a municipal building to community center to serve all citizens. 

·         Two separate meeting rooms (the present meeting room and the former office area)

·         The present meeting room being available for citizen use and the former office area meeting room for Township business meetings

·         A wet bar/kitchen area (sink, cupboards, refrigerator, utility closet, microwave) between the meeting rooms located in the former closet area

·         Utility closet in kitchen to contain service sink and hot water heater

·         Remove all paneling and replace with drywall

·         New windows

·         Upgrade all electrical to present commercial code standards with ceiling wired for overhead projection

·         ADA signage through building

·         New doors

·         Two ADA bathrooms

·         New ceilings with LED lighting

·         Storage for tables and chairs available for citizens

·         Additional exit in the former office area

·         New drywall, ADA signage, ADA drinking fountains, ceiling and lighting in lobby area

·         New flooring throughout building

·         Removal of wall heating units to be replaced by wall radiators thermostatically controlled or a ceiling split HVAC system

·         ADA water fountains in lobby

The Township will keep you apprised as work progresses and timeline.  Thank you for your continued patience!

Municipal Building Update
Attached are the goals of the Board of Supervisors for the years 2016-2020.  
 
STRATEGIC PLAN
The Ice Rink is closed. There is lighting available for night time skating.
Ice Rink
The youth Centre Bulldogs Football & Cheer will hold a fundraiser Saturday, February 4th, 2017 starting at 5:00 p.m.  For more information please see the attached flyer. 
 
Fundraiser
Would you like to help your local ambulance service and don't know how?  Port Matilda EMS needs your help with many volunteer support activities, including:

* computer upgrades and updates,
* website and social media management,
* building and grounds upkeep and maintenance,
* administrative and secretarial duties,
* financial audits,
* fundraising.
PMEMS

Important tips for customers on preparing for severe weather, what to do if power is lost, and information on how Penn Power's storm process works.   

Be prepared for a power outage:  

  • Program 1-888-LIGHTSS (888-544-4877) into your cell phone so that you can easily report a power outage should one occur.    
  • For updates on power outages, view West Penn Power’s outage map page on your smart phone at http://outages.firstenergycorp.com/pa_m.htmlor on the web at http://outages.firstenergycorp.com/pa.html.  The map works really well on smart phones.    
  • In addition to the maps, you can view tabular/summary reports by County (touch the icon that looks like a piece of paper located on the upper right of the screen) which allows you to drill down to municipalities.  
  • Monitor Twitter updates @W_Penn_Power.  
  • ETRs (estimated time of restoration) may not be available early on in a storm.  If the storm is wide spread, it could take a day to assess the damage.  
  • Emergency Responders:  If we are in storm mode, ETA's (estimated time of arrival) will not be given UNLESS it is a Life and Limb situation.  I will be working with the County EMA's to determine public safety priorities across a County.    
  • In a major storm, West Penn Power often makes temporary repairs (cutting a wire, opening a circuit, replacing a fuse) to make an area safe and restore as many customers on that circuit as possible before returning to complete the work.  If our crews leave your area to make temporary repairs elsewhere, we will return to complete the work.  
  • In a major storm, the electrical system is often damaged in thousands of locations.  More than one repair may be needed to restore your service.  Once we believe your power is back on, West Penn Power may call you.  This is your chance to let us know if you are still without power.    

Backup generators can provide an emergency power supply, enabling you to keep important equipment running during a power outage. But for your safety and the safety of our crews, please be sure to use a generator properly and safely.  For additional information, go to https://www.firstenergycorp.com/content/customer/help/outages/what_to_do_if_youlosepower/using_backup_generators.html

Power Outage Tips
This plan shows proposed future land use for Patton Township and Halfmoon Township. 
 
 
 
 
 
Halfmoon Patton Area Plan
Pension Plan Disclosure Statement

The Board of Supervisors presented the Halfmoon Christian Fellowship Church a Certificate of Appreciation at their meeting on Thursday, December 8th, 2016.  Reverend Todd Templeton and Rachel Neff were present to receive this certificate. 

The Halfmoon Township Board of Supervisors would like to express their sincere appreciation and gratitude to the Halfmoon Christian Fellowship Church Board Members and Congregation for graciously allowing the Board of Supervisors and Planning Commission use of the Church to continue to conduct Township Business while the Municipal Building was under remediation and renovations.    

 
Halfmoon Christian Fellowship Church Certificate Presentation
Certificate of Appreciation
2017 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.
 
A .50 fee has already been added to the fee's below.  This fee goes to the issuing agent (Halfmoon Township). 
 
Regular Fee
Male - 9.00
Neutered Male - 7.00
Female - 9.00
Spayed Female - 7.00
 
Person with disability or senior citizen fee - must be 65 years or older
Male 7.00
Neutered Male - 5.00
Female - 7.00
Spayed Female - 5.00
 
Make checks payable to Halfmoon Township. 
 
Dog License
The Board of Supervisors approved a Master Parks Plan for both Autumn Meadow Park & Municipal Lane Park.  The Board is seeking grants to accomplish the renovations and improvements for these parks.  Autumn Meadow Park will be completed first.
 
This survey will help identify and assess the needs and interests of residents in Halfmoon Township related to Autumn Meadow Park. To increase its recreational programming as well as strengthen residents’ use of the facility, the township would like to find out which types of events, festivals, and programming people in the community are interested in seeing and participating in.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Survey

The primary purpose of any regional comprehensive planning activity is to develop a plan for the physical growth of the region; to prepare goals, objectives, and policies; and to set forth a program to implement those goals, objectives, and policies. Historically, comprehensive plans have been referred to as “blueprints” for the future.

Over the past 10 to 20 years, however, planners have increasingly recognized that this characterization can suggest a rigidity and inflexibility to change. The Centre Region Comprehensive Plan needs to express the basic values the community wants to see maintained or achieved in the future, while accommodating unanticipated changes or trends in the economy, energy supply and demand, public policy, housing, demographics, and other variables.

Comprehensive Plan
The Port Matilda EMS is seeking non certified volunteers to help with administration within the EMS.  For more information please call 814-692-1035. 
 
**What's Happening at Port Matilda Fire Company?**
 
 *Keep an eye out for upcoming meals! Keep an eye on the board outside the Fire Hall and our Facebook page for details!

*We are looking for volunteers! Firefighters, Fire Police, Admin, Social Members, Kitchen help. Meet new people! Help your neighbors! (If you decide you want to be a firefighter or fire police, we pay for your training) Give us a call (692-4074)! Come on down! We look forward to talking with you!      
Port Matilda EMS & Fire Company Information
The Port Matilda EMS membership forms have been mailed.  Please support the Port Matilda EMS by purchasing a membership and ensure you incur no out-of-pocket expenses and unlimited emergency service on a manpower available basis.  If you do not receive a membership form please contact the Port Matilda EMS at 692-1035.
 
Thank you to all who have supported us in the past, & to all who plan to support us in the future.
EMS Membership
Halfmoon Township would like to remind citizens the speed limit on local Township roads, such as Smith Road, is 35 mph.  All other Township Roads have a speed limit of 25 mph. ATV's and off road motorcycles are not permitted on any Local or State road (SR 550). 
Township Reminder
Halfmoon Township Supervisors Danelle Del Corso (second from left) & Todd Kirsten (third from left) along with four Penn State students (Alanna Kaiser, Sarah Kissel,, Anita Huang and Alexandra Fahoome) attended the Way Fruit Farm Fall Festival to survey citizens on their interest of activities at Autumn Meadow Park. 
 
Autumn Meadow Park Survey
The Board of Supervisors remediated the entire municipal building to remove all mold and is rebuilding the meeting room to improve the space with radiant heat, drywall, insulation, new exit and emergency lighting, and ADA signage. In addition, both bathrooms will be upgraded to current ADA standards. The meeting room rebuild will begin October 4 concluding prior to the election on November 8. ADA porta potties will be placed outside the Municipal Building to serve as temporary bathrooms during the election. However, since the ADA upgrades of the Municipal Building’s bathrooms will take three to four months to complete, after the election the building will continue to be unavailable to outside groups for use and rentals.
 
Although we know this is an inconvenience to residents, the Board of Supervisors are hopeful these upgrades will serve the community’s needs years to come.
 
We appreciate your patience and continued support.
Municipal Building Update
Port Matilda Fire Co is looking for Volunteers (Firefighters, Fire Police and Social Members)
IS THERE MORE TO YOU? Learn more about becoming a Port Matilda Fire Co Volunteer
Call us: 814-692-4074
PMFC
2016 Autumn Newsletter
Autumn Newsletter
For more information on E-Bikes please see flyer below.
 
E-Bike Flyer
The Municipal Building at 100 Municipal Lane in Stormstown will be closed to the public beginning May 1, 2016 until further notice. If your organization meets at this location you will need to find another facility to hold your meetings. If you have planned a reunion you will need to find another facility to hold your reunion. The pavilion and park will remain open at this location. We will be completing mold remediation in the Municipal Building so we must close the building until this can be completed and further direction can be provided from the Board of Supervisors for next steps. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Municipal Building Closure

Preventing Lead Exposure

Ensuring that your home and water is not exposed to lead is critical. Given the numerous stories we hear throughout the country regarding lead exposure, it is important to take the necessary steps to prevent you and your loved ones, particularly children, from being exposed.

The Department of Health and the Department of Environmental Protection are responsible for providing Pennsylvanians with information and resources about lead poisoning prevention and what to do in the event that you or someone you know is affected.

Some ways you can reduce the risk of being exposed to lead include:

  • When preparing baby formula or cooking, use cold water.
  • To remove lead, do not boil water as this could increase lead concentrations.
  • Contact your water system provider for more information on getting your water tested for lead.
  • Look over your home’s plumbing fixtures to identify if they contain lead.
  • Run your water to clear out lead before drinking or cooking.

For more information about how to reduce lead exposure, visit this website or click here. To speak with someone over the phone about lead prevention, please call 1-800-440-LEAD.

Lead Exposure
2016 Spring Newsletter
Want to check your water for lead?  The Ag Extension Office will be able to guide constituents to where/how to test their homes for lead contamination in their water.  
 
863-0194
Bryan Swistock  
brs@psu.edu
   
887-5613
 James Clark
jac20@psu.edu 
water testing
Provided are attachments outlining services and costs provided by the Centre Region Council of Governments
 
 
Centre Region Council of Governments
Halfmoon Township would like to remind citizens that no street parking of vehicles or equipment is permitted.  Your vehicle may be towed if the Public Works Department can not maintain the streets or cul-de-sacs. 
Winter Parking
The Halfmoon Township Office has moved from the Municipal Office at 100 Municipal Lane and relocated to 1948 Halfmoon Valley Road.  You can access the office by the left side of the Brothers Pizza building. 
 
Our mailing address will remain as 100 Municipal Lane, Port Matilda, PA  16870.   
New Location
The Board of Supervisors approved the 2016 Program Budget at their meeting November 19th.  Provided is a link to the Program Budget.   
 
FY 2016 Draft Program Budget

Penn State Extension would to make sure all of the municipal officials and our citizens are aware of the Avian Influenza that could impact our area.  The website below will provide information that you need to know in order to lessen the impacts.   

http://extension.psu.edu/animals/poultry/topics/health-and-diseases/avian-influenza

If you have any questions please contact the Penn State Extension Office at the number below – Thanks.

Penn State Extension

Centre County Office

Room 322, Willowbank Building

420 Holmes Avenue

Bellefonte, PA.  16823

814-355-4897

814-355-6983 Fax

http://extension.psu.edu/centre

 

Avian flu
The Port Matilda EMS 2016 Membership Forms have been mailed out. 
 
Please remember that the Port Matilda EMS is your service provider for ambulance service in Halfmoon Township.  Port Matilda EMS would appreciate your support. 
 
 
 
2016 PMEMS Membership Form
Master Park Plan Information
Supplemental Property Tax Rebate Program
 
a new rebate program.
 
For more information, please visit:
or contact the Business Office
(814) 231-1021
131 West Nittany Avenue
State College, PA  16801
Supplemental Property Tax Rebate Program
ClearWater Conservancy created this video to showcase our restoration efforts in the Spruce Creek watershed in Central Pennsylvania. By bringing together businesses, landowners, anglers, partner agencies and our own base of supporters, ClearWater is working toward restoring streams in our backyard to benefit people and wildlife all the way to the Chesapeake Bay.
 
Clearwater Conservancy
The Board of Supervisors would like to initiate a Good Neighbor Recognition Program, so if you would like to thank a neighbor or citizen in the Township for a good deed please contact townshipclerk@halfmoontwp.us and the Board of Supervisors will mention this recognition at their next meeting. 
Good Deeds
Halfmoon Township is now contracting with Patton Township for the Zoning Officer position.  Mr. Ken Soder, can be reached at 814-234-0271 or by email at zoningofficer@halfmoontwp.us
 
Mr. Soder has office hours from 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday - Friday, except on Wednesday when the office is closed from noon to 1:00 p.m.  Please identify that you are from Halfmoon Township when calling to inquire about a zoning question
Zoning Officer
Office Hours:

 
Municipal Building: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., closed for lunch noon to 1 p.m.
 
Maintenance Bldg: 7:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., closed for lunch 11:30 a.m. to noon
 

New Office Hours

Port Matilda Emergency Medical Services is looking for EMTs and Emergency Responders who would like to volunteer their time at a rural Ambulance Service.

 

Port Matilda EMS is a smaller Ambulance Service that would allow you to utilize the skills you have learned on a regular basis.

 

All shifts are available, we are particularly in need of individuals who could fill evening or overnight shifts.

 

Our station offers monthly training, a bunk room, full kitchen, Wi-Fi, and physical fitness equipment.

 

If you have any questions, would like a tour of the station, or want to volunteer, please contact us at PortMatildaEMS@gmail.com.  You may also call the station directly at 814-692-1035.

 

PMEMS Volunteers
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
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