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 Port Matilda Fire Company’s Christmas Party will be Sunday, December 15th from (2 – 4 PM) at the Fire Hall.
Contact: Barbara Fleischer, 814-883-1337, firstname.lastname@example.org
, or Lori Clayton, email@example.com
January 9, @ 12:00 Kick-off 2014 at Otto's Restaurant
February 21 - York Flower Show – More information about carpooling closer to date
March 1-9 - Philadelphia Flower Show (bus with Ferguson Township Garden Club)
April 3, 1:00 - Photographing Flowers and Gardens with Susan Kennedy at her home
May 1, 7:00 - Insects in the Vegetable Garden with Shelby Fleischer - Way's Fruit Farm
June 5, 1:00 – Roses with Lenore Foster, at her home
July 17th – 12:00,Green Roof tour of Penn State and lunch downtown State College before the tour
August 7th, 7:00 - Order bulbs and wine evening at Susan Kennedy's home
Sept 4-11 - evening Annual Banquet
Oct. 2, 4:00 - Tour Arboretum and dinner at Laura Cafe
November 6 - Elections/Garden/Flower Craft Project - TBA for time and place
December 4 - Service Project - TBA
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.
The Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing on November 21st at 7:00 p.m. to approve the 2014 budget. Public comments can be taken during this time and at the meeting. Provided is a link for the draft budget that is being considered by the Board.
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.
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 in a few weeks.
Any questions regarding ambulance service coverage areas may be directed to Sandra Neal, PMEMS President, PortMatildaEMS@gmail.com
The Halfmoon Township Board of Supervisors is soliciting interested volunteers to serve on the Planning Commission, Zoning Hearing Board, Parks & Recreation Board and Schlow Library Board.
The Planning Commission meets the 1st & 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m.
The Zoning Hearing Board meets on a as needed basis.
The Parks & Recreation Board meets on the first Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m.
The Schlow Library Board meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the Schlow Downsborough Community room.
If interested in any of these volunteer positions please send a letter of interest to Susan Steele at firstname.lastname@example.org
or by mail, 100 Municipal Lane, Port Matilda, PA 16870. Please call 814-692-9800 for more information on any of these positions.
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.
West Penn Power will be performing tree trimming and removal, brush clearing and herbicide application, as needed along electric line rights-of-way in our area. These activities are necessary for West Penn Power to ensure safe, reliable electric service to you and your neighbors.
West Penn Power has contracted Asplundh Tree Experts who will be visiting our area soon and will continue working until all required maintenance is completed.
If you have any questions regarding West Penn Power's vegetation maintenance program, please call 1-800-686-0021 and ask that a representative from the Forestry Department contact you.
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.
Or maybe you'd like to find a way to help without riding on an ambulance. They are currently seeking donations of the following items: American Flag (sturdy enough to be displayed outside 24/7), new twin size mattress for their bunk room, 3 yards of mulch & small shrubs or perennial plants.
Would you like to help with the Port Matilda Fire Companies current fundraiser? They are putting together a cookbook of local recipes. This cookbook will be available to purchase in time for Christmas. Do you have a favorite family recipe that you would like to donate? Contact Sandy Meek, 814-441-1908 or Sandra Neal, 814-441-7015.
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 email@example.com
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.