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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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The Halfmoon Township Office will be closed Friday, December 23rd & Monday, December 26th, 2016 for the Christmas Holiday.
 
The Halfmoon Township Office will be closed on Monday, January 2nd, 2017.
Holiday HoursNew
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
This plan shows proposed future land use. 
 
Halfmoon Patton Area PLan

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
Are you or someone you know interested in making donations concerning the Bald Eagle Flooding Event?
 
If interested, please see the attached flyer below:
 
Bald Eagle Flooding Event
Wood chips are still available at the Municipal Lane Park parking area in Stormstown.  Feel free to stop into the park and get as much wood chips as you need.
Wood Chips
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 Tennis Court is open.  Lighting is available for night time playing. 
Tennis Court
Penelec 
Notice to Local Municipalities 


My name is Philip Brumbaugh, Transmission Forester with the electric utility company, FirstEnergy.  I am writing to notify you of upcoming work within your municipality during 2016.  Penelec will be conducting annual maintenance on and along its electric transmission system.  While this line typically does not contain property specifically owned by the municipality, it does travel through the municipality on private property.  

This work will be completed between April and December of 2016. To complete this work, Penelec has contracted with Davey Tree Expert Company and Progressive Solutions.   

Federal and state regulations require FirstEnergy to properly maintain vegetation on and adjacent to transmission lines in order to provide for the safe and reliable operation of the transmission system. This requires reliability inspections and routine vegetation maintenance. Vegetation maintenance practices involve identifying tall-growing, woody stemmed vegetation and trees located within the transmission rights-of-way and removing those that interfere or may interfere with the operation of the transmission facilities.  Trees adjacent to the right-of-way that are dead, dying, diseased, leaning, or significantly encroaching the corridor also could be targeted for removal. All work completed by the Contractors listed above will be done in conjunction with the easement that applies to each property, industry best management practices, and FirstEnergy Vegetation Management Specifications. 

Notice to residents
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

ACT 13 (Natural Gas Impact Fee)

 

2014 Unconventional Gas Well Fund Usage Report

Act 13
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
Pension Plan Disclosure Statement

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