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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - Sexual Harassment: A New Reality for Employers - 05/16/18

Unprecedented numbers of workplace harassment claims are making their way to the evening news and social medica outlets. Why now and what can public sector employers do to get ahead of the news? This session will focus on these questions and the central role your supervisors play in culture change and issue spotting.


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 - 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 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 - 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


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