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Homeowners Association to Donate $11,000 to Franklin Food Bank, Pay Township $130,000

The Hampton Chase Homeowners Association is putting itself out of business, but helping the Franklin Township Food Bank along the way.

The association’s three-member board on Oct. 5 will donate more than $11,000 – in the form of liens on homes in the single-family development – to the Franklin Township Food Bank.

The idea for the donation came from Township Councilman Phil Kramer, according to a press release about the event.

The association’s sole purpose is the oversight and maintenance of two retention basins, according to the release. Costs associated with the basins comprised the bulk of the association members’ fees.

The association originally wanted to be taken over the by the township, but there was no legal way for that to happen, according to the release.

Kramer then broached the idea of the township taking over control of the retention basins, the release said.

A deal worked out between the association and the township, through township manager Bob Vornlocker, resulted in the association paying the township $130,000 to maintain the basins, and donating 22 acres of undeveloped land to the township, the release said.

When the issue of what to do about the $11,000 in liens came up, Kramer suggested the food bank donation, according to the release.

The donation will be marked by a 10 a.m. ceremony Oct. 5 at Maragret and Buffa drives.

“It’s great to share our good fortune with those in need,” board member Al Del Pizzo said in the release.

Food bank executive director Frank Hasner said in the release that the organization appreciated the donation.

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