Rethinking Parking Requirements Using Drone Imagery -5/29/2019

Does your township have shopping areas and office parks with underutilized parking areas? In Susquehanna Township, Dauphin County, drone flights over parking lots show many shopping areas and office parks are underparked, even during peak hours. While parking minimums have been standard practice in the planning world for decades, little research has been used to calculate the number of spaces actually needed per land use. This webinar will provide a review of parking requirements in general, the drone


Webinar - ABC's of Municipal Bidding - 5/22/19

Not sure whether your municipality is complying with its’ purchasing obligations or just looking for ways to be more efficient when purchasing? In this webinar, Jason Snyder will discuss the requirements that municipalities must satisfy when bidding public contracts to procure materials, equipment, and services. Mr. Snyder will also review limitations on purchases, quotes, and bids, as well as current exemptions from municipal bidding, (including DGS/COSTARS piggyback contracts). He will also dis


Webinar - Are There Illicit Discharges from Your Public Works Facility? - 03/27/19

This webinar will provide you with a framework to assess your public works facilities for the potential of a high, medium or low illicit discharge event while providing simple suggestions for mitigating potential threats. This framework can also be utilized as a tool to prepare for an MS4 audit by showing public works staff how to present their facility to a regulatory auditor.  

 

Presenter:  Mark D. Harman, P.G., senior project manager at ARRO, is a licensed professional ge


Webinar - Are You Ready for Short-Term Rentals in Your Community - 5/13/19

This webinar will address the growth of short-term rentals in communities nationwide. Claudia Shank of McNees Wallace & Nurick will explain how municipalities can regulate short-term rentals and lessons learned from recent Pennsylvania court cases.


Webinar - Bringing Digital Transformation to Local Government with GIS Web Maps - 7/31/19

This webinar will show examples of web-based maps and applications that align with local government planning needs, data resources freely available to local governments and introduce tools for mobile field data collection.      

 


Webinar - Changing a Culture: How to Get Your Delinquents to Recognize their Obligations - 6/19/19

There are numerous reasons that a property owner does not pay municipal charges.  Sometimes, the reason is because a property owner has made a conscious and unilateral decision to delay payment.  This payment behavior is unlikely to change without the creation of incentives for payment.  Through the use of both positive and negative incentives, Townships can encourage property owners to not only pay their delinquent real estate tax and municipal fee bills, but to pay their future ob


Webinar - Considering Riparian Forest Buffers for Your Community - 4/10/19

Riparian Forest Buffers (RFPs) can provide many benefits to municipalities across PA. RFB benefits include streambank stabilization, reduced erosion, MS4 credit opportunities, improved water quality, enhanced recreational opportunities, and much more. This webinar will cover a range of topics to help municipalities understand and consider RFP installation, including: opportunities to plan RFBs to meet specific municipality needs, funding avenues, and proper planning and maintenance RFBs.


Webinar - Creating an Affordable Retirement Plan - 10/15/19 (MEMBERS ONLY)

The Trustees Insurance Fund, through PSATS, is offering a webinar to provide an introduction to our 457 Plan and help your township officials determine if this is a valuable benefit to offer to the employees.  This benefit can be offered to both full-time and part-time employees for a nominal annual administrative fee


Webinar - Creating an Affordable Retirement Plan - 5/14/19 (MEMBERS ONLY)

The Trustees Insurance Fund, through PSATS, is offering a webinar to provide an introduction to our 457 Plan and help your township officials determine if this is a valuable benefit to offer to the employees.  This benefit can be offered to both full-time and part-time employees for a nominal annual administrative fee.  


Webinar - Creating an Affordable Retirement Plan - 8/8/19 (MEMBERS ONLY)

The Trustees Insurance Fund, through PSATS, is offering a webinar to provide an introduction to our 457 Plan and help your township officials determine if this is a valuable benefit to offer to the employees.  This benefit can be offered to both full-time and part-time employees for a nominal annual administrative fee.  


Webinar - Do You Trust the Low Bidder to Do the Right Thing? - 04/24/19

In this webinar, John Luciani of First Capital engineering will explore the pitfalls and repercussions of foregoing a thorough construction inspection of improvements made in your municipality, including stormwater, sanitary sewer, roads, curbs and sidewalks, utilities and recreational facilities. He will also review the fundamentals of proper construction as well assess the references of various governmental agencies. The Municipal Planning Code states that required improvements on Land Developme


Webinar - Everything You Didn't Want to Know About Heart and Lung - 3/20/19

The Heart and Lung Act is a statute that is frequently misunderstood and misapplied. Attorney Michael McAuliffe Miller, from Eckert Seamans will present a webinar whose aim it is to untangle and explain the ins and outs of the Heart and Lung Act. We will discuss eligibility, length of leave and termination of benefits as well as best practices to insure that employees get precisely what they deserve and employers are able to keep people at work and engaged.


Webinar - FCC's Recent Order on Small Wireless Facilities, What It Means for Your Township - 3/14/19

In this webinar, you will learn about new requirements imposed on municipalities by the Federal Communications Commission when regulating wireless facilities. Dan Cohen and Mike Roberts of Cohen Law Group will review the new subset of "small wireless facilities" to which much of the FCC's order applies, as well as changes made to: (1) limitations on application and recurring fees that municipalities may charge; (2) the "shot clock" period within which municipalities must act on


Webinar - Filing Your UC Quarterly Reports - 3/12/19

This webinar will focus on the UC quarterly report filing process for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the PSATS UC Trust. Course content is geared toward the secretary and UC Processor who is new to the filing process or for those who simply need a refresher course.This webinar was first presented in 2018. We are offering it again for those who are new to the quarterly filing process and for those who need a refresher course prior to filing the UC reports for the first quarter of 2019.


Webinar - First Timers for PSATS Conference - a.m.

If this is your first-ever PSATS Conference, you probably have a lot of questions and are wondering what to expect once you get to the Hershey Lodge. Well, wonder no more. PSATS staff will walk you through the conference from start to finish. From how to get around to each day's agenda, you will feel more confident and comfortable after this webinar. PSATS staff will conduct the webinar and answer all your questions.


Webinar - First Timers for PSATS Conference - p.m.

If this is your first-ever PSATS Conference, you probably have a lot of questions and are wondering what to expect once you get to the Hershey Lodge. Well, wonder no more. PSATS staff will walk you through the conference from start to finish. From how to get around to each day's agenda, you will feel more confident and comfortable after this webinar. PSATS staff will conduct the webinar and answer all your questions.


Webinar - Guidelines for Flood Preparedness and Stream Intervention - 6/5/19

Municipalities across Pennsylvania have been inundated with record-setting rainfall and flooding. To help townships prepare and respond, the presenters in this webinar will discuss affordable options, such as localized warning systems, and the challenges that can arise when stream work is not properly designed and permitted. Participants will also learn more about the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s booklet, Guidelines for Maintaining Streams in Your Community.


Webinar - Hot Issues in Managing Part-Time Police Officers - 4/3/19

Because part-time police officers may not be entitled to the same rights as those who work full-time, what should your municipality know when it comes to hiring, disciplining or terminating part-time officers to protect against potential liability? In this webinar, Sheryl Brown of Siana Bellwoar will discuss current management issues, practical tips when dealing with everyday management of a police department with part-time officers, and the current state of the law impacting part-time officers.


Webinar - Managing Truck Traffic on Local Roads - 9/25/19

Managing truck traffic on local road is a difficult balancing act for many municipalities in Pennsylvania. While trucks need access to pick and deliver goods, many local roads are not suitable for truck travel. Recent changes in state law, including Act 31 of 2018, add more complications and the potential for more truck traffic. In this webinar, you will learn about: (1) current state laws and regulations on truck access and restrictions, (2) traffic study requirements and options for restricting truck


Webinar - Managing Your Unemployment Compensation Claims - 5/7/19 (MEMBERS ONLY)

The PSATS Unemployment Compensation Group Trust has been assisting townships with the management of their unemployment compensation obligations since 1981.  To keep you updated on the claim process, the Trust is offering an hour-long webinar to help lower your costs. 


Webinar - MS4 and Agricultural Operations: Creative Thinking to Achieve Goals - 6/12/19

This webinar will illustrate for township officials/employees and consulting engineers the importance of considering traditional and non-traditional best management practices (BMPs) that can be used to meet MS4 requirements when working with agricultural operations. Peter Vanderstappen, the State Conservation Engineer with the United States Department of Agriculture, will review examples of effective methods that can achieve your goals while avoiding expensive engineering.  These simple methods wi


Webinar - MS4 Pollutant Control Measures - 6/26/19

The next step for many MS4 communities is to implement Pollutant Control Measures for their discharges to surface waters impaired by acid mine drainage, pathogens, and priority organic compounds (i.e. PCBs). This first phase of these requirements is to map storm sewer sheds associated with these discharges, due with Annual MS4 Status Reports on September 30, 2019. This webinar will help prepare you for this new requirement and plan for what is to come.


Webinar - Solving Wage/Hour Challenges - 4/17/19

Not sure whether your township is correctly handling the payment of wages and overtime for its employees? The primary focus of this webinar, which will be presented by Theresa Mongiovi and Angela Sanders of Brubaker Connaughton Goss & Luccarelli LLC, will be on addressing issues that frequently lead to problems, including: figuring out whether your employees are exempt or non-exempt from overtime; how rounding, rest/meal periods, travel time, and donning/doff


Webinar - Using Conservatorship to Fight Blight - 5/8/19

Conservatorship (Act 135) is a powerful blight remediation tool that gives municipalities and other interested parties the right to seek temporary possession of blighted, abandoned properties for the purpose of making repairs, and bringing them up to code or demolishing them. Using case studies from rural and urban areas, in this webinar, Winnie Branton will provide step-by-step guidance on how to build you case from property identification and due diligence to final plan cost recovery.


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