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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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Completion Work on Waddle Road Bridge Postponed

 

State College, PA  A forecast of wet, rainy weather through the week has postponed the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s (PennDOT’) completion work for the Waddle Road bridge near State College.

 

Crews were scheduled to work today through Friday but have been rescheduled for May 21 through 25 to finish applying an epoxy surface treatment to the bridge deck and approaches on Waddle Road. The bridge spans I-99/Route 322 at the Toftrees interchange, near State College. Motorists should expect short-term lane restrictions through the work week.

 

Restrictions will be in place around the clock all next week, with traffic restricted to a single lane northbound and a single lane southbound across the bridge. Additionally, northbound Waddle Road will be restricted from Oakwood Avenue to the I-99 southbound off-ramp and southbound Waddle Road will be restricted from Toftrees Avenue to the I-99 northbound off-ramp. All work is weather and schedule dependent.  

 

If progress allows for completion prior to Friday, PennDOT will remove the lane restrictions early.

 

The overall project began in 2016 and featured improvements including a new wider Waddle Road bridge, addition of a turn lane on the Route 322 westbound off-ramp, addition of turning lanes at the Colonnade Boulevard/Waddle Road intersection, addition of bike lanes on Waddle Road from Colonnade Boulevard to Toftrees Avenue, Waddle Road signal upgrades at Route 322 off-ramps and Colonnade Boulevard intersection, and roadway widening on Waddle Road from Strouse Avenue to Toftrees Avenue.

 

This design/build project completed in 2017, with the remaining epoxy treatment work scheduled for this year. Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. of State College was the contractor on this $14.7 million job.

 

Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA is free and available 24 hours a day. 511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.

 

For more PennDOT information, visit www.penndot.gov. For regional updates on Twitter, follow www.twitter.com\511PAStateCOLL

Waddle Road Construction Update

Traffic Cross-over Coming on Route 322/ Potters Mills Gap Project

 

State College, PA –  Work on the Route 322/Potters Mills Gap project has been underway for a few weeks now and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is reminding motorists of a traffic change coming next week in the project area.

 

Starting Wednesday, May 23, westbound traffic will make use of a crossover through the project area, from Decker Valley Road to Sand Mountain Road. This means that there will be one-lane available for each direction of traffic, instead of the normal two-lanes each direction. Lane restrictions will be in effect through fall of this year. An 11-foot width restriction will also be in effect.

 

Drivers who commute through this area on a regular basis are encouraged to build in 15 to 20 minutes of extra travel time to their schedule. Delays could fluctuate dependent on day of the week, time of day, and traffic volumes. PennDOT will display approximate travel times on message boards in the region.

 

The goal of Phase Three is to reconstruct Route 322 from Sand Mountain Road to Potters Mills – including a new Route 322/Route 144 intersection that will be a part of the local access road.

 

Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. of State College is the contractor on this $82 million project.  

 

Work has been taking place through the Potters Mills area since 2015, when Phase One saw the construction of the new bridge at Sand Mountain Road. In 2016 and 2017, Phase Two created the new local interchange at Sand Mountain Road. PennDOT expects the new roadway to be open to traffic in the Fall of 2020.

 

You can learn more about the entire project by visiting the Construction Projects/Roadwork  section of www.penndot.gov/district2.

 

Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA is free and available 24 hours a day and provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information, and access to more than 860 traffic cameras.

 

511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.

 

For regional updates on Twitter, follow www.twitter.com\511PAStateCOLL

Potters Mills Work Area

PennDOT Issues Atherton Street Update for Remainder of May

No work Memorial Day weekend

 

State College, PA – With construction and utility work continuing, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is issuing an update for its North Atherton Street project in State College. The entire project will take place through 2019, with phased work zones stretching from Aaron Drive to Park Avenue. Work will include relocation of numerous utility lines, relocation of sewer and water lines, drainage improvements, curbing, sidewalks, ADA ramps, traffic signal upgrades, new concrete median, and paving.

 

Through the remainder of May, motorists can expect the following:

 

·         In observance of the Memorial Day holiday, no work will be performed May 25 through 28.

 

·         The contractor will continue to replace waterline from the Northland Center to West Cherry Lane. Traffic control will feature daylight lane closures, and at least one travel lane available in each direction.

 

·         Utility contractors will continue performing relocation work from Blue Course Drive to Park Avenue. Utility work will continue through June. Traffic control will feature daylight lane closures, and at least one travel lane available in each direction.

 

·         Flaggers may be present in the roadway directing traffic. Traffic may be stopped for short periods of time. Drivers are reminded to use caution when traveling through the work zone. Do not follow construction equipment into the closed lane.  

 

·         Travel delays could occur because of the lane closures—especially during high traffic volume times. Drivers should allow for extra travel time.

 

All work is weather and schedule dependent. Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. of State College is the contractor on this $12.8 million job. Drivers are reminded to move through work zones with caution, obey posted speed limits, and always buckle up.

 

Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles by visiting  www.511PA.com. 511PA is free, available 24 hours a day, and provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information, and access to more than 860 traffic cameras.

 

511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.

 

For regional updates on Twitter, follow www.twitter.com/511PAStateColl

Atherton Street Update

Midland Asphalt Materials Inc. will be fiber-matting a portion of Loveville Road on Tuesday, May 29th.  This project will be for the portion from State Route 550 to just past Davison Road.  Traffic will be limited to single lane traffic.  Midland Asphalt will then return Monday, June 4th to fog-seal where the fiber-matting was completed.

 

What is fiber-matting? It is a layer of oil applied over the existing asphalt which is then layered with fibers and topped with stone. 

What is the advantage of fiber-matting?  The fibers prevent cracking as the road fluctuates and has better skid control.  It is also a cost savings and does not raise the road as much as asphalt. 

What is fog-sealing?  Fog-sealing is a surface sealant. 

 

Loveville Road Fibermatting Project

BURN BAN FOR HALFMOON TOWNSHIP IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT

 


Burn Ban
Due to a change in scheduling, Burgmeier's Hauling is able to attend Riff Raff Days for the Shredding Event on Saturday, May 19th from 7:00 a.m. until the truck is full.  Please do not bring more than 5 boxes per vehicle.  Burgmeier's Hauling will be located at Autumn Meadow Park to accept your shredding materials. 
Burgmeier's Hauling
Halfmoon Township will hold Riff Raff Days on Friday, May 18th from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, May 19th from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Halfmoon Township Maintenance Building located off Autumn Circle (behind Autumn Meadow Park).  See link for items we are able to accept and not accept. 
 
 
Goodwill will be at Autumn Meadow Park taking donations during Riff Raff days (same times, same dates).
Riff Raff Days
The Tennis Court at Municipal Park is opened.
Tennis Court
The Halfmoon Township Roadcrew will be sweeping Township roads the week of May 7th - 11th. 
Road Maintenance
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.
Tuesday at 6:00 a.m.
Wednesday at 12:30 am
 
The meetings are also available to watch online at http://cnet1.org/
Halfmoon Township Board of Supervisors meetings on C-NET
West Penn Power outage information.

Outages should be reported - the more calls we get the more accurate our prediction tool works:
  • Call 888-LIGHTSS (888-544-4877)  
  • Website:  Visit www.firstenergycorp.com and click "Report an Outage." 
  • App:  Download West Penn Power's free app and click "Report Outage." 
  • Text Message:  Text OUT to 544487.  New users will be prompted to register their account.  Standard message and data rates may apply.
Power Outages

The Halfmoon Township Public Works Department will be brush (tree) trimming portions of various roadsides within the Township Right-Of-Ways in Halfmoon Township in between the time frame of March 1st through April 13th.

Here is a list of those roads slated for this project. Highlighted map shows specific areas. 

Ike Circle

Portion of Smith Road

Portion of Marengo Road

Portion of Houtz Lane

Very Small Portion of Lutz Lane

Portion of Loveville Road

                  

Tree Trimming
The Board of Supervisors approved Resolution 2018-07; A Resolution supporting a Citizen Commission for Legislative and Congressional Redistricting.
 
Resolution 2018-07

New IOS and Android free Mobile Apps: 

For State College School District closings and other school information:  State College Area School District

For community regional emergency information:  Code Red Mobile Alert (Please note that this uses location services as a background to your smartphone which means 1) will use up battery and 2) will alert you to any Code Red alerts wherever you are located)

 

SCASD Red Alert
Pension Plan Disclosure Statement
The Board of Supervisors adopted the 2018 budget on December 14th, 2017. 
 
2018 Budget
The Small Area Plan Committee, after reviewing comments from the Town Hall meeting, provided the following recommendations for the Plan.  This will be reviewed at a joint Planning Commission/Board of Supervisors meeting in 2018.  
 
SAP Recommendations
Provided below is a link that shows all the EMS Coverage areas in Centre County.  Port Matilda EMS is the Emergency Medical Service for Halfmoon Township. 
 
EMS Coverage Areas
2018 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.  No credit cards accepted.
 
Dog License
The Small Area Plan Committee held a Town Hall meeting on Wednesday, November 8th at Way Fruit Farm.  Thank you to everyone who attended and for those of you who could not attend the following link will provide the power point that was presented.  Also linked is the Small Area Plan Document.
 
 
 
If you have any comments or concerns please email the Board of Supervisors at supervisors@halfmoontwp.us
Small Area Plan
Help us provide a needed service to our community.  We need some community members to volunteer in the following areas on a regular basis.
 
Ambulance Membership Subscriptions (needed ASAP)
Management of our website and social media
Computer upgrades, updates and security
Building maintenance and landscape work
Assist with weekly/bi-weekly office duties (i.e. filing, running errands)
Fundraising
As always, we are looking for EMT's or people that are willing to become EMT's to run calls.  Tuition assistance and tutoring are available for committed individuals.
 
Added benefits are available based on level of commitment.  Please email portmatildaems@gmail.com or call Scott Woodring at (814) 692-1035 with any questions. 
Port Matilda EMS
Newsletter
Resolution 2017-1 is a Resolution approved and passed by all six Centre Region Municipalities jointly at their March 2017 General Forum meeting.  The Resolution affirms the regionally shared values of tolerance, mutual respect equity and inclusivity of the Centre Region as a welcoming community to people from all cultures, religious beliefs and ethnicities. 
 
 
Resolution 2017-1
C-NET programming for Halfmoon Township - Find out all the ways you can access C-NET services and Township related information.
 
C-NET

                        

    A RESOLUTION OF THE TOWNSHIP OF HALFMOON, CENTRE COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA, AFFIRMING THE TOWNSHIP BOARD OF SUPERVISORS’ COMMITMENT TO THE AMERICAN AND PENNSYLVANIAN FOUNDING PRINCIPLES OF LIBERTY AND TOLERANCE AND AGAINST THREATS OR ACTS OF INTOLERANCE AGAINST ITS RESIDENTS

 
 
 
 
 
Resolution 2017-09

Changes made to a program at the PA Housing Finance Agency regarding assistance for repairing or replacing on-lot septic systems.

The Agency currently administers the PENNVEST Homeowner Septic Program which offers low-interest loans to home-owners to cover the costs associated with repairing or replacing on-lot septic systems.   

More information can be found on the attachment or via this link:  http://www.phfa.org/programs/repairs.aspx

Questions concerning this program can be directed to Roberta Schwalm, Manager of Special Initiatives, Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, (717) 780.3838

 
Septic System Assistance

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
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
On January 12th, 2017 the Board of Supervisors passed Resolution 2017-08 affirming the Township Board of Supervisors' Commitment to Equity and Inclusion.
 
Resolution 2017-08

ACT 13 (Natural Gas Impact Fee)

Marcellus Shale Report

 

Act 13
Attached are the goals of the Board of Supervisors for the years 2016-2020.  
 
STRATEGIC PLAN
This plan shows proposed future land use for Patton Township and Halfmoon Township. 
 
 
 
 
 
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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