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 - 2019 Uniform Traffic Control Device Requirements – Is Your Township Ready? - 10/24/18

The Federal Highway Administration’s Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD), 2009 Edition, established safety improvement requirements for road agencies.  This webinar, presented by Joseph Fiocco of SAFE Highway Engineering, LLC, will describe those requirements that have 2019 implementation deadlines and why it is critical for your municipality to comply with the requirements.


Webinar - 457(b) Deferred Compensation Plan - 10/17/18 (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 - 457(b) Deferred Compensation Plan - 2/6/18 (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 - 457(b) Deferred Compensation Plan - 5/10/18 (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 - 457(b) Deferred Compensation Plan - 8/8/18 (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 - 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 - Act 13 Reporting Instructions for Local Governments - 2/5/19

During this webinar, Amy Zuvich of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) will demonstrate how to file Act 13-related reports through the Act 13 Reporting website. Additionally, Ms. Zuvich will show participants where to locate blank copies of the forms should they wish to continue filing paper copies. She will also address a number of other issues commonly faced by townships making Act 13-related filings, including due dates and reporting years, and will answer other ques


Webinar - Addressing 101 - The Dos and Don'ts of Address Assignments - 3/6/19

In this webinar, presenters Kristy Deischer-Eddy and Louise Wennberg will provide real-world examples to illustrate the problems and best practices of address assignments. The webinar will also discuss the use of GIS maps to assist with address assignments and proivde sample addressing coordinator letters. Attendees will have an opportunity to pose specific questions regarding their own addressing challenges.


Webinar - Alternative Ways to Provide Police Protection - 9/5/18

The cost of policing continues to rise at a rate that far exceeds inflation. At the same time, there have been renewed proposals to impose a tax on municipalities that do not have their own police departments. Is there a happy medium? During this webinar, Adam Santucci and Langdon Ramsburg of McNees, Wallace & Nurick will review alternative policing models – everything from regionalization to contracted services – to help townships reduce their costs or provide police services for the f


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 Prepared for Your 2019 Organization Meeting? - 12/19/18

If you are unsure whether you have everything ready for your township's 2019 Organization Meeting, required to be held the first Monday of January, then make sure to attend this webinar. Holly Fishel of PSATS will review best practices and checklists to help ensure that your township has a smooth organization meeting.


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 - Best Practices for Right to Know Law and Sunshine Act ComplianceThis webinar will review municipalities' obligations under the Sunshine Act and Right-to-Know Law, discuss recent case law and trends, and provide best practices to help make municipal officials' jobs more efficient and cost effective.

Webinar - Best Practices for Subdivision and Land Development Ordinances - 2/14/18

Does your subdivision and land development ordinance (SALDO) provide your township with all the benefits that it could? Has it been a while since you last reviewed and updated your SALDO? If you are looking to refresh and revise your SALDO, which is the most commonly-used tool for controlling development in Pennsylvania, then you will want to attend this webinar and learn how other townships use their SALDO to: (1) provide adequate sites for development and public use; (2) maintain reasonable and accep


Webinar - Best Practices: Parks and Recreation Operations 6/27/18

Parks and recreation facilities require constant attention to keep them safe and enjoyable. With constraints on time and funds, it is imperative that your township have an effecting maintenance and operations program. This webinar will review a number of items that will prove useful in developing a plan of action for keeping your parks and recreation facilities at their best.


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 - Computer Security Steps Every Township Should Take - 5/30/18

In today's world, every computer connected to the internet is a target for thieves and other criminals, even those in your township office. If your computers are just used to store township records, they are still tempting targets to those who want to either steal your resident's personal or financial information or just to use your computer to help them send out more spam emails or other malicious materials. This webinar will discuss how you can protect your township computers from being hacke


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 - 2/7/19 (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 - Creating Safe Meeting Space for Public and Private Use - 6/6/18

Having safe municipal meeting spaces, be it for board meetings, parks and recreational areas, or even to facilitate Craiglists or Facebook Marketplace transactions, helps to encourage a more neighborly community. This webinar will discuss key principles on how to create a great (and safe) public meeting spaces.


Webinar - Crisis Management: Communications and Planning - 2/6/19

Today's communications require agility and attentiveness to the needs of the public and your community partners and employees. For municipalities, understanding how to leverage effective communications across their websites and other owned content, social networks and through effective media relations requires planning and foresight. Mandy Arnold, CEO of Gavin, a public relations and crisis communications firm, will review best practices and top tips for planning for an issue or crisis si


Webinar - Developing Walkable Neighborhoods - 3/14/18

Many communities are working to improve access for pedestrians and bicyclists to meet the needs of younger families. This webinar will discuss how to modify both your comprehensive plan and subdivision and land use development ordinance (SALDO) to increase opportunities for safe walking and biking by your residents.


Webinar - DIY Green Infrastructure Projects - 1/23/19

In this webinar, April Barkasi of Cedarville Engineering will provide participants with easy and effective strategies for identifying and planning low-cost, high-value green infrastructure projects, including detention basin retrofits and rain gardens, that can be constructed utilizing municipal public works staff and area volunteers.


Webinar - Do You Need Help Attracting the Right Development? - 1/9/19

In this webinar, experienced architects from Kimmel Bogrette Architecture + Site will discuss strategies for ways in which municipal officials and administrators can identify uses for municipal assets (land and buildings) and strategies for attracting the right kind of development within their communities.


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 - Don't Get Railroaded: Stay on the Right Track When Dealing with Railroads - 4/18/18

The PA Public Utility Commission has jurisdiction over railway safety issues at certain road and bridge crossings. But outside of public crossings, railroads are often subject to a patchwork of laws inherited from the earliest days of the industry. The growing need for new railway bridges or private crossings can lead to cost allocation disputes between municipalities and railroads. This webinar will discuss creative and effective ways to resolve these cost allocation disputes using a two-pronged appro


Webinar - Emergency Management Programs for Small Townships - 5/2/18

Every township needs to have an effective emergency management program. This webinar will review how small and rural townships can meet this important public safety obligation. Whether by sharing an emergency management coordinator (EMC) with a neighboring township or increasing mutual aid connections, even small and rural townships can increase the effectiveness of their emergency operations plan (EOP) for the benefit of their residents. Attend this webinar to learn some tips and tricks that other sma


Webinar - Employee Performance Evaluation Strategies - 6/20/18

Employees are the heart-beat of every business, whether it's a small township or a Fortune 5000 company. They all struggle with how to best evaluate employee performance, whether it's used to determine future pay increases or identifying those who should be promoted. This webinar will review several tips for developing your own effective employee performance review process.


Webinar - Environmental Rights Amendment: New Role for Townships? - 8/15/18

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has recently dramatically expanded the scope of Environmental Rights Amendment (“ERA”) to the Pennsylvania Constitution. The Court has made it clear that the ERA imposes obligations on municipalities, but it has not clearly defined what those obligations are. This webinar, presented by Martin Siegel, now with Stock and Leader and previously the assistant regional counsel in DEP's Southcentral Regional Office, will review the evolving case law interpreting


Webinar - Erasing Blight through Eminent Domain - 12/12/18

This webinar will discuss how communities can use eminent domain to facilitate public projects and combat blight. The presenters will discuss the prerequisites for using the condemnation power and the government authorities that may be involved, particularly for blighted properties. Participants will get practical tips for planning public projects, addressing blight, and coordinating projects with engineers, appraisers, and attorneys.


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 - 1/10/19

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.


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 - Filing Your UC Quarterly Reports - 3/6/18

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


Webinar - Filing Your UC Quarterly Reports - 6/21/18 (Members Only)

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.


Webinar - Filing Your UC Quarterly Reports - 9/27/18

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.


Webinar - Financing Options for Stormwater Management - 5/23/18

Whether your township is required to develop a stormwater management plan or just needs to address local flooding issues, everyone wants to know how to pay for it. New state laws can help your township develop an equitable and affordable stormwater fee structure so that everyone can pay their fair share. Attend this webinar and hear from national stormwater finance experts on how your township can address this important matter. 


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 - Franchise Cable Fee Audits - 11/20/18During this webinar, you will learn about the benefits of a franchise fee audit, get an in-depth look at the audit process, hear about the issues that typically arise during an audit, and learn about specific tactics for auditing franchise fees.

Webinar - From Parks to Public Meetings: What Does the ADA Require? - 10/10/18

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) imposes numerous wide-ranging obligations on all public entities and impacts everything a township does, from installing curb ramps and offering programs to developing websites and communicating with the public. Regardless of size, all townships need to be aware of and comply with the ADA’s obligations. In this webinar, Mark Shaw and Mark Pavkov of MacDonald Illig will provide an overview of the ADA’s requirements and the steps townships should be t


Webinar - Getting New Emergency Management Coordinators Up-to-Speed - 3/7/18

State law requires that every municipality have an emergency management coordinator (EMC). With the start of a new year, many municipalities may have new EMCs. This webinar will help new EMCs (and the municipalities that appointed them) learn what training and education classes these important community volunteers need to ensure they have the tools to be an effective EMC.


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 - Helping Residents Finance On-lot Sewage System Repairs - 7/18/18

Whether municipal officials are implementing septic management plans or public sewer expansions, they face technical and social challenges. Homeowners can be one of the challenges, often because they are not financially prepared to pay for the work they need to have done. Or, they just don’t know how to find a contractor and a safe contract. This webinar will share information about the Pennvest Homeowner Septic Loan needed by homeowners and contractors, and discuss how municipalities and PHFA ca


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 - Hot Topics in Police Management 10/3/18

From due process to “do not call lists” to much more….Join Sherry Brown and Chris Gerber of Siana Bellwoar as they discuss a wide variety of issues that are affecting municipal police departments today and ways in which municipalities can best position themselves to properly and proactively address those issues.


Webinar - How E-procurement Can Save $$ - 3/21/18

For generations, pen and paper were the traditional means for communicating and conducting business transactions. In the span of roughly 20 years, email and other technologies have revolutionized communications, making these processes more time and cost effective. In similar fashion, e-procurement tools are quickly becoming the modern-day solution for streamlining the procurement and bid management process – saving townships valuable time and money. This interactive webinar will educate participa


Webinar - How to Apply for FEMA's Public Assistance and Individual Assistance Grants - 8/1/18

When your township sustains damage from a disaster, FEMA’s public assistance (PA) grants are there to help the township rebuild, while Individual assistance (IA) grants help homeowners rebuild. Local emergency management coordinators are often relied on to help with both grant programs. This webinar, presented by staff from PEMA’s  Bureau of Recovery and Mitigation, will review the recent changes to these programs so that EMCs can quickly get the ball rolling for those needing to apply


Webinar - How to Conduct a Road Safety Audit (RSA) - 3/28/18

A Road Safety Audit (RSA) is the safety performance examination of an existing or future road or intersection by an independent, multidisciplinary team. This webinar will provide you with information on how the RSA is a proactive safety tool that municipalities can implement on existing local roads to improve safety through low cost safety countermeasure applications. The webinar will focus on the process and steps of an effective RSA and how a Municipality can get started with a Road Safety Audit.


Webinar - How to Prepare a Great (and Legal) Fee Schedule - 10/31/18

Does your township’s fee schedule recover the costs of the services residents receive? Are your fees too high? Too low? And if your fees are challenged, are you prepared to defend them before a judge? In this webinar, Tommy Ryan, manager of Worcester Township, Montgomery County, will show you how to develop a fee schedule that is not only legal but also appropriate and equitable for your community. This course is FREE to PSATS members.


Webinar - Inspecting Standard Stormwater Control Structures - 2/28/18

Townships are increasingly responsible for ensuring that their stormwater control structures are properly constructed and operated and maintained in accordance with standard practices. This webinar will discuss standard inspection protocols that townships should employ when reviewing the structural integrity and operation and maintenance records of their stormwater structures.


Webinar - Is Your Fire Department Ready for Medical Marijuana? - 12/5/18

On April 6, 2016, legislation was passed legalizing the growing and cultivation of medicinal marijuana. This new industry is something that fire departments across the commonwealth are dealing with for the first time. This webinar will provide an overview of the industry, what fire departments can do to prepare, and what they may encounter on an active incident involving one of these facilities. It will also cover some internal controls and policies that should be considered within your department


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

Managing truck traffic on local read 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 - Maximizing Your Limited Road Budget with Pavement Management - 9/26/18

This webinar will focus on how to establish a pavement management system and use it to develop an annual or multi-year pavement maintenance and rehabilitation program and budget.


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 - Municipal Asset Management Through GIS - 11/28/18

Many townships are recognizing the benefits of using GIS to manage their assets, from signs and roads to stormwater and sanitary sewer systems…but how do you start the process? During this webinar, Beth Uhler will describe how townships can build a simple, cost-effective, online asset management system to meet their needs.

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Webinar - Municipal Stormsewer System Mapping - 2/27/19

In this webinar, participants will learn about inspection techniques, qualifying/quantifying attributes, and mapping techniques for municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4). The webinar, which will be presented by Nate Merkel of Arro Consulting, will cover best practices for visual inspections of the condition of municipal stormwater assets, measuring and cataloging of the structure features,  such as size and classification, and how to efficiently and accurately utilize GPS equ


Webinar - New Changes to Act 537, the State's Sewage Facilities Act - 6/13/18

Every township's land use plan was developed based on sewage regulations that limited land development in certain areas. Now that Act 537 has been changed and land owners can now rely on either conventional or alternate sewage systems when seeking land development planning approval, how will these changes impact your comprehensive plan? This webinar will review the new sewage planning process and discuss how your township can prepare for possible impacts.


Webinar - Open Records Officer Responsibilities - 2/21/18

Your township’s open records officer (ORO) is responsible for ensuring compliance with the state’s Right-to-Know law, including the process for the public to request records, how your ORO should respond to such request, and the appeals process. This webinar will review municipalities' obligations under the Sunshine Act and Right-to-Know Law, discuss recent case law and trends, and provide best practices to help make municipal officials' jobs more efficient and cost effective.


Webinar - Planning for Agricultural Security Areas - 05/09/18

Agricultural Security Areas (ASAs) are a helpful tool for townships to protect their farms and farmland from non-agricultural uses. Township comprehensive plans and zoning ordinances can be amended to further protect your local farming operations. Attend this webinar if you want to learn how agricultural security areas can benefit your township, and how you can better protect them.

 


Webinar - Planning for Stormwater Management - 4/11/18

As townships across the state work to develop and refine their stormwater management programs, they all are looking for sustainable and effective approaches for these efforts. This webinar will describe how to develop a comprehensive long-term community stormwater plan that integrates stormwater management across your township’s comprehensive plan, sewage facilities plan, and any other land development plans your township has developed. Through this approach, communities can prioritize actions re


Webinar - Police Pursuit Issues - Law, Agency Policy & Decision Making - 1/16/19

This webinar will provide an overview on current issues relating to police pursuits, including applicable state law, agency policy considerations, and a discussion of the factors influencing the decision to pursue or discontinue pursuit. Given numerous recent high-profile pursuit cases at the state and national level, this is a great opportunity for municipalities with police departments to stay on top of an important issue.


Webinar - Post-Budget Breakdown - 7/10/18

Tune in to find out what is in and what is out of the recently adopted 2018-19 state budget and what to expect for the fall legislative session

  • Learn how your township could benefit.
  • Learn more about pending third-party agency legislation, local tax collection bills, and more.
  • Get answers to your budget and legislative questions.

 

Plan to join the PSATS legislative staff for this free members-only webinar 


Webinar - Prepare Now for Post-Disaster Recovery - 4/4/18

 To help emergency management coordinators develop effective local disaster recovery plans, PEMA developed its Pre-Disaster Recovery Plan that not only guides action and decision-making during the actual recovery period, but also details actions that should be taken before a disaster strikes. Attend this webinar to learn how you can create an effective local comprehensive recovery plan for your township.


Webinar - Preventing Employment Law Issues: A Primer for Local Elected Officials - 10/17/18

Local elected officials are often required to make difficult decisions in their role as employers. Yet, generally speaking, many local elected officials lack the foundational knowledge of employment law necessary to make informed decisions.  In this webinar, Tony Sherr of Sherr Law Group will cover on a number of important employment law topics including discrimination, employee constitutional rights, properly (and promptly) investigating employee claims, the importance of employment law training,


Webinar - SNAP, GOOGLE, TWEET, The Constant Noise of Social Media - 8/29/18

The constant noise of social media presents many issues, challenges and opportunities for all employers. In this webinar (FREE to PSATS members), join Cory Iannacone and John Martin of Pillar+Aught and learn about how your township can best address employee use of social media on township and personal time, ways in which townships can protect themselves when using social media to communicate with their residents, and much more. 

 


Webinar - Soil Stabilization and Pavement Preservation Techniques - 7/25/18

This webinar will discuss how townships can benefit by using High Density Polyurethane to help stabilize the soil and preserve pavements from the damages of settling. The speaker will review applicable case studies, discuss the costs and benefits of use (including savings in labor and other costs), and how Liquid Fuels Funds can be used to pay for these projects.


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 - The Land Development Approval Process - 7/11/18

What happens when an application for new land development is submitted to your township office? Whether submitted by a resident for a new house or by a local business looking to expand operations, the applicants expect a professional response. This webinar will review helpful strategies your township should take to ensure a timely and adequate response while providing the necessary involvement of all those who have a role in reviewing such applications.


Webinar - Tiny Homes, Big Questions - 9/12/18

In part due to a proliferation of Tiny Home television shows, “living tiny” has become a popular dream.  What draws people to this housing type?  Ignoring the housing trend will not make it go away.  What are the impacts of a Tiny Home moving into your Community?   How should they be regulated?   Join Gwen Newell from the Lancaster County Planning Commission, Marcus Stoltzfus of Liberation Tiny Homes, and Abby Hobson, CEO of Tiny Estates, as they break dow


Webinar - Township Regulation of Wireless Facilities - 8/8/18

The Commonwealth Court's recent decision in Crown Castle v. PUC means a reset in the area of municipal regulation of wireless communications facilities. In this webinar, you will learn about what steps municipalities can (and cannot) take to regulate this use, as well as potential legislative changes that are afoot. 


Webinar - Update on Commercial Vehicle Safety Regulations - 4/25/18

The PSATS CDL Program is scheduling this important webinar to provide municipal elected and supervisory officials and road crew employees with an update and review of the latest rules and regulations regarding commercial motor vehicle and CDL drivers and vehicles. This webinar will provide participants with the opportunity to submit questions specific regarding how the CMV/CDL rules and regulations impact your township’s operations. Here is your chance to get up-to-speed on all the new changes im


Webinar - Updating Township Contact Information on the PSATS Website - 1/31/18

All PSATS members recently received instructions on how to update their member information on the PSATS website. This webinar, (which is FREE to PSATS members), will review those instructions, and provide hands-on assistance to help township secretaries learn how to always keep this information updated and accurate. Keeping your township records current helps ensure that PSATS can deliver important member services in a timely and efficient manner.


Webinar - Using Conservation Easements to Proserve Open Space - 11/14/18

The conservation easement is a tool for achieving conservation in the public interest that doesn’t rely on regulation yet allows private landowners to maintain ownership and control of their land. Millions of acres have been conserved using it. This webinar, presented by knowledgeable and experienced staff from the Pa. Land Trust Association, will help you understand this tool so that you can better evaluate its use by your township. It will also help you understand what factors you should consid


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.


Webinar - Using Excel for Emergency Management Purposes - 7/5/18

Using Excel spreadsheets can help emergency management coordinators (EMCs) keep a variety of data all in one place: special population notification lists, a log of municipal equipment, and tracking expenses during emergenices. Regiser for this webinar and learn how to not only use the provided sample Excel spreahsheets, but also how to modify them for your specific purposes.


Webinar - Visual Review of Recent Dirt, Gravel, and Low Volume Road Activities - 8/22/18

Each year, the Pa. Center for Dirt and Gravel Road Studies compiles a photo review of recent dirt and gravel road projects as a way to easily share these projects with other municipal officials across the state. If you want to see (and hear) how other municipalities address their dirt, gravel, and low-volume road issues, then join us for this instructive and informative webinar led by the internationally-renown team from the Center for Dirt and Gravel Road Studies at PSU. If a picture of a dirt and gra


Webinar - What Governor Wolf's 2018-2019 State Budget Means to Your Township - 2/8/18

Mark your calendars! Governor Tom Wolf will present his 2018-2019 state budget proposal on February 6. PSATS' Legislative Staff will host a FREE Members-Only budget briefing on February 8 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. to help our members understand the proposal and the affect it will have on your township. This interactive session will provide a timeline of the budget process and highlight the top issues PSATS will focus on during budget discussions in the coming months.


Webinar - Working with Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters (VOADs) - 2/7/18

Townships have historically relied on volunteer organizations such as the Red Cross and Salvation Army to provide additional logistical and technical support in the aftermath of a local disaster or emergency. These volunteer organizations active in disasters (VOADs) can provide critical services such as temporary room and board and mobile canteens to people affected by local disasters. This webinar will introduce techniques to help emergency management coordinators more fully integrate local VOADs into


Webinar -PA’s One Call Law – New Law, New Rules - 11/7/18

In this webinar, join representatives of PA One Call as they discuss changes made to the PA One Call Law through Act 50 of 2017 and how those changes will affect your townships and residents.


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