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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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NOTICE OF BID LETTING ON: HALFMOON TOWNSHIP 100 MUNICIPAL LANE PORT MATILDA, PA 16870 WILL RECEIVE SEALED PROPOSALS UNTIL 4:30 P.M. ON January 2nd, 2015.  Bids will be opened and read aloud at approximately 9:00 p.m. on January 5th, 2015, by the Halfmoon Township Municipal Engineer, who will file a report of bids with the Board of Supervisors of Halfmoon Township.  The Board of Supervisors may award bids at their reorganization meeting to be held on January 5th, 2015 beginning at 7:00 p.m.  

 

2015 Bid Packet

2015 Bid Packet AvailableNew
Halfmoon Township is seeking a part-time Zoning Officer to work approximately 11 hours a week/$20.00 per hour.   This position would require attendance at two evening Planning Commission meetings per month.  The candidate would also be the Floodplain Administrator & Code Enforcement Officer, as well as share reception and general office duties with the Administrative Assistant.  If interested, please provide a cover letter and resume to Halfmoon Township Office, 100 Municipal Lane, Port Matilda, PA  16870 by December 10th, 2014.  Please put correspondence to the attention of Susan Steele, Township Manager.
Zoning Officer
2015 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.
 
Note:  Dog License fees have increased .05 per license. Prices below include that increase as well as the .50 fee for the convenience of purchasing them here at our office.
 
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 passed the Halfmoon Township 2015 Budget at their meeting on November 20th, 2014.
 
Budget Meetings

Ebola update responds to more questions from the community

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Officials continue to acknowledge that the risk of contracting the Ebola virus in the Centre Region is extremely low, and are steadfast in educating and updating our community.

As part of ongoing efforts to inform and assure community members of their health and wellness, the FAQ section of Penn State’s web site dedicated to Ebola is being constantly updated. 

New questions from those who work in close contact or a confined space with others, or who must handle bodily fluids, or those who plan travel are now being asked. University officials, as well as emergency responders and municipal officials in the region are working to answer concerns and tamp down any misinformation about the disease. A new section of the Ebola FAQ on Penn State’s web site has been updated. Visit here for new information: http://sites.psu.edu/ebolainfo/faqs/

National health care officials estimate that in the United States, the risk of contracting Ebola is 1 in 13.3 million if there are 12 cases imported from other countries. There have been four confirmed cases in the U.S. and two deaths. The chances are better that someone would die from a lightning strike, bee stings or a shark attack, according to a recent biological model created by scientists and published by National Public Radio.

“Despite the extremely low risk this poses, we still must anticipate questions and issues that could cause unease in our community, and share the best facts that can hopefully tamp down unwarranted fear,” said Robin Oliver, director of women's health and interim medical director at Penn State’s University Health Services. “By working with our community and campuses across the Commonwealth, we can take a more uniform approach, speak with one voice and disseminate one set of facts.”

 

Thanksgiving break

With the University’s upcoming break surrounding the Thanksgiving holiday (Nov. 21-29 for students), there may be questions related to possible travel by some to areas that are on the Ebola watch list. As announced on Oct. 8, Penn State has placed a temporary moratorium on official University travel to affected countries, but the University has no authority over personal travel.

However, before heading off for Thanksgiving break, Penn State officials will be in touch with students from countries experiencing an Ebola outbreak (Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone, as well as Mali, which was added Nov. 17) seeking information on their travel plans. Students will be advised on what to expect if they visit an Ebola-risk country and what to expect when they return to the U.S.

Anyone arriving in the U.S. from Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone or Mali, will be medically evaluated upon arrival at one of the five airports that have implemented enhanced screening measures — New York’s JFK, Newark, Dulles, Atlanta and Chicago. Travelers from Ebola-affected areas are required to come through one of these checkpoints and are expected to provide health authorities with their travel itineraries. They will be monitored daily by the Pennsylvania Department of Health once they arrive back in the Commonwealth. Monitoring will continue for 21 days. University Health Services will continue to work closely with the state Department of Health.

Based on a traveler’s level of possible exposure to Ebola, your travel and public activities may be limited.

Anyone experiencing fever or other symptoms, should seek medical care immediately. Follow the directions the public health worker tells you. But if you cannot reach someone right away, you can contact your state health department or call the CDC at 1-800-232-4636. If you have a medical emergency, call 911.

Community collaboration

 

Shawn Kauffman, emergency management coordinator for the Centre Region, echoed Oliver-Veronesi’s statement saying that Centre Region agencies and the University have been collaborating through a joint Infectious Hazards Working Group and are creating a more coordinated response that will allow quick action if and when an infectious disease is diagnosed.

“There is very little likelihood that people in our community will be exposed to Ebola,” Kauffman said. “Nonetheless, we wish to be as well-prepared as we can possibly be and well-coordinated in any response.”

Emergency responders and health care professionals are closely following all recommendations from the CDC and the Pennsylvania Department of Health and are in regular communications with those agencies.

“Keeping people across the region and the state informed about the minimal risk of Ebola and the ways it is contracted, as well as other key points, is critical to our ability to respond in a calm and reasoned manner,” Kauffman said. “We know the risk is extremely low. Being prepared, understanding the facts and working together will keep it that way.”

For more information on what Penn State is doing related to Ebola, visit: http://sites.psu.edu/ebolainfo/.

 

Ebola Information
Halfmoon Grange is selling open-kettle, home-made apple butter as a fund raiser to help pay for the removal
of its dead tree that has been hovering over Rt 550.    At $5.00 per pint, it makes wonderful gifts for birthdays and/or
holidays!!

Call Judy or Lee at 692-5217 (h), 360-9635 (J - cell), or 360-0229 (L - cell).  They'll be glad to fill your orders!

Apple Butter

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
The Tennis Court is closed for the winter. 
Tennis Court
The Port Matilda EMS 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. 
 
Port Matilda EMS
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
Office Hours:

 
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
Halfmoon Township is seeking an interested resident to serve on the Open Space Preservation Board beginning in January 2015.  The Board meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. If you are interested in the position or would like to find out more information about the Board please contact Amy Smith at townshipclerk@halfmoontwp.us or by phone 814-692-9800.   
OSPB Member
Autumn Newsletter
Reminder:  There are no dogs permitted in Halfmoon Township Parks. 
Parks

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
Pension Plan Disclosure Statement