2019 Uniform Traffic Control Devices - On-Demand Webinar

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.


Act 111 Negotiations and Interest Arbitration - On-Demand Webinar

Whether your township has an Act 111 collective bargaining agreement expiring this year or you are just getting a head start on preparations for future negotiations, this webinar is an excellent opportunity to learn critical strategies for how to best position your township.


Act 13 Reporting Instructions for Local Government - On-Demand webinar

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


Active Shooter Response: What To Do Before and After Police Arrive - Archived Webinar
Critical communication skills are necessary in many facets of municipal government. Presenters during this webinar will discuss improved public interaction strategies from right-of-way negotiations to public meetings.

ADA 25 Years Later - Archived Webinar
This webinar will look at the American’s with Disabilities Act 25 years after its signing, and will discuss how it has changed over the years. A focus on what handicap-accessible provisions all municipal buildings must have in place will leave participants with a wealth of information on how to make their community safe for all of its residents.

Are Your Prepared for Your 2019 Organization Meeting - On-Demand Webinar

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.


Basic Municipal Emergency Management Operations - On-Demand Webinar

This presentation will be especially helpful to new township supervisors, managers, and emergency management coordinators, and will address the main parts to your township emergency management program, including the emergency operations plan (EMP), the responsibilities of the emergency management coordinator (EMC), and the requirements pertaining to an emergency operations center (EMC). 


Basic Municipal Planning - On-Demand Webinar

 This presentation will be especially helpful to any new township supervisor, manager, or member of your planning commission, and will address the main components of local land use plans, including the official map, subdivision and land development ordinances, and zoning ordinances and zoning hearing board considerations.


Best Practices for Subdivision & Land Development Ordinances (SALDO) - On-Demand webinar

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


Best Practices: Parks and Recreation Operations - On-Demand Webinar

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.


Budgeting for Road Maintenance Activities - On-Demand Webinar

This webinar will help you understand how to budget for your road maintenance activities and learn the basics of how a road asset management system can help prepare better budgets.


Channeling Your Municipal Voice- Archived Webinar
Critical communication skills are necessary in many facets of municipal government. Presenters during this webinar will discuss improved public interaction strategies from right-of-way negotiations to public meetings.

Code Enforcement 101 for Municipal Officials/Employees - Archived webinar

If you have questions about your township's code enforcement responsibilities, are new to a code enforcement position, or have oversight over code enforcement, this webinar is an excellent opportunity to get up to speed. Join Andrew Holter of Strategic Municipal Group as he reviews key legal issues arising out of code enforcement, such as the right-of-entry, plain sight doctrine and more. Mr. Holter will also review the difference between property maintenance and zoning matters and h


Computer Security Steps Every Township Should Take - On-Demand Webinar

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


Creating Safe and Positive Meeting Space for Both Public and Private Occasions - Archived Webinar
This webinar will focus on providing practical tips on how to set up meeting spaces in order to promote positive interaction, appropriate behavior and maximize safety for all participants. Particular attention will be paid to public meeting space (zoning, planning, supervisors, borough council) and private meeting space when dealing with human resource issues or difficult constituent meetings.

Creating Safe Meeting Space for Public and Private Use - On-Demand Webinar

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.


Crisis Management: Communication and Planning - On-Demand webinar

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


Curves on Local Roads - Issues and Safety Tools - Archived Webinar
Curves are the second most likely location for serious roadway crashes. Participants of this webinar will learn, through best practices, ways to ensure curve safety in their municipality.

Cutting Costs through Multi-Municipal Stormwater Management - Archived Webinar

This presentation provides insight for how municipal personnel can implement strategies to yield cost savings that benefit their municipality's bottom line.


DEP/EPA Audits - MS4 Made Simple 4 U - Archived Webinar
Do you know what to expect when DEP/EPA comes to your municipality? Do you know what they are looking for? What do you need to have ready and available? We will share our recent experiences with DEP and EPA MS4 compliance inspections. You'll learn what documentation must be prepared and available and what questions to ask. No complaining here - just the facts. Made Simple 4 U.

Developing Walkable Neighborhoods - On-Demand Webinar

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.


Developing Your Comprehensive Plan - On-Demand

Working with your residents to develop a comprehensive plan they support takes a combination of strong leadership and numerous public meetings. Once the plan is finalized, it often needs regular updates as conditions change. This webinar will review techniques for creating a comprehensive plan and how to keep it current.


DIY Green Infrastructure Projects - On-Demand webinar

In this webinar, 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.


Do You Need Help Attracting the Right Development - On-Demand Webinar

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.


Do You Trust the Lowest Bidder to do the Right Thing - On-Demand Webinar

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


Document Management Tools for Townships - On-Demand webinar

This webinar will provide participants with an overview of the benefits of going digital with their records management converting paper records to searchable digital images, including the benefits of going digital, document conversion best practices, document management software options, and current municipal records retention policies in Pennsylvania. Attendees will come away with an understanding of how to prepare for a successful digital migration project, including planning, scope, budgeting a


Documenting Your Emergency Response Costs - On-Demand Webinar

This webinar will help township supervisors, emergency management coordinators, and township road and public works employees involved in emergency response better understand the forms needed for documenting the costs sustained by your township during a disaster. Register today for this interactive webinar to get all your questions answered about how to implement an effective process to document your emergency response costs.


Don't Get Railroaded: Stay on the Right Track When Dealing with Railroads - On-Demand Webinar

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


Effective Discipline and Write-Ups for Public Employees - On-Demand webinar

Dealing with personnel issues is one of the most challenging aspects of the job for municipal boards, managers, secretaries and others in supervisory roles. This webinar, which will be presented by Christopher Gabriel of Cafardi, Ferguson, Wyrick, Weis & Stotler, LLC, will explain the rules of the road when it comes to discipline and effective write-ups. It will stress common sense, clear steps to take both in meeting with employees and unions, and producing documents that stand up to later scrutin


Effective Drainage for Dirt and Gravel Roads-On-Demand

This webinar will discuss the general concepts of how to effectively drain dirt and gravel roads so that the road itself is not structurally damaged using a variety of techniques such as proper crown and cross-slope, such as grade breaks, berm removal, and broad-based dips. If you have dirt and gravel roads, you will want to attend this webinar.


Emergency Management Ideas for Small and Rural Townships - On-Demand Webinar

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


Emergency Operations Plan: Is Your Township's Up-to-Date? - On-Demand Webinar

This webinar will address how to review your EOP, determine if it is current, and how to resolve any deficiencies that were identified during the review.


Emergency Road Closures and Declaring Snow Emergencies - On-Demand Webinar

In preparation for the upcoming snow season, this webinar will review the proper procedures needed to close roads and identify detours and discuss the process needed to declare snow emergencies. Following these procedures will help ensure that the traveling public will be safe on your township roads. Township roadmasters and road crew employees will want to join this webinar to ensure they are up-to-date on these important road safety responsibilities.


Employee Handbook: Crafting Policies for Townships of All Sizes - On-Demand Webinar

Participants in this webinar will learn about the importance of creating and updating employee policy manuals, regardless of whether your municipality has dozens of employees or just a few. Among the policies to be discussed include those governing computer and social media use, establishing codes of conduct and disciplinary procedures, and prohibiting discrimination, harassment and retaliation. 


Employee Performance Evaluation Strategies - On-Demand Webinar

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.


Employment Law Checklists for Municipal Employers - Archived Webinar
As public entities, municipal employers are subject to more stringent requirements than private employers and often lack dedicated HR staff to help navigate the employment relationship. Speakers for this webinar will provide an overview of the laws impacting the municipal relationship from beginning to end including hiring, veteran’s status and discipline, to name a few.

Erasing Blight through Eminent Domain - On-Demand Webinar

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.


Evacuation Planning - Moving People Out of Harms Way - On-Demand Webinar

A wide variety of natural disasters and human-caused emergencies may require the evacuation of residents. In some instances, you may have a few days prepare, while other situations might call for an immediate evacuation. Planning ahead is vital to ensuring that your residents can evacuate any potentially affected parts of your township both quickly and safely. Emergency management coordinators (EMCs) from all townships should participate in this webinar to learn how to pre-plan evacuation routes, and e


Filing Your UC Quarterly Reports - On-Demand Webinar

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.


Financing Options for Stormwater Management - On-Demand Webinar

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. 


First Amendment: Twp. Employees, Residents and Freedom of Speech - On-Demandd Webinar

This webinar, (which is FREE to PSATS members), will provide participants with a firm foundation for how to protect their rights, as well as those of the public and their employees, while also leaving them with practical tips to limit legal exposure to their municipality.


Franchise Cable Fee Audits - On-Demand Webinar

During 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.


From Parks to Public Meetings: What Does the ADA Require? - On-Demand Webinar

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


Get in the Zone: Duties of a Zoning Officer - On-Demand Webinar

The Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code (MPC) requires that every zoning officer demonstrates a working knowledge of municipal zoning and meets qualifications established by the municipality. This webinar will help municipalities understand what to look for when hiring a new zoning officer and discuss best practices for administering your zoning ordinance. 


Getting New Emergency Management Coordinators Up-to-Speed - On-Demand Webinar

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.


Google Earth: An Affordable Tool - Archived Webinar
During this 1.5 hour webinar, attendees will be introduced to Google Earth, a solid source for regional and worldwide maps and satellite images. These affordable services can be powerful communication tools for township supervisors, staff (sewage enforcement officers), and planning commissions. The instructor will demonstrate how to use Google Earth to assist with mapping.

Health Insurance 411: What Every Township Must Know About Managing Health Plans - On-Demand Webinar

As navigating the health care market becomes increasingly complex, it is vital that townships remain aware of their options and obligations.  Attendees at this FREE members-only webinar will learn from health care and labor law experts about options available to reduce their townships’ health care costs, best practices for ensuring compliance with federal law and the Second Class Township Code, current trends in the health care market and much more. 


Helping Residents Finance On-lot Sewage System Repairs - On-Demand

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


Hot Topics for Police Management - On-Demand Webinar

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


How E-procurement Can Save $$ - On-Demand webinar

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


How to Conduct a Road Safety Audit - On-Demand Webinar

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.


How to Get Your Newly Elected Supervisors Up to Speed - On-Demand Webinar

This webinar will help all townships with newly-elected or appointed supervisors learn how these new supervisors can prepare for their upcoming term. Given the wide range of laws and regulations with which townships must comply, it is increasingly important that new supervisors start their first term with a firm understanding of all these responsibilities. This webinar will present an overview of these responsibilities and discuss how the “PSATS Boot Camp for Township Officials” class can h


How to Make an Effective Township Website - On-Demand Webinar

A good-looking website is also easier to use for your residents, and is also your business “sign” that gives your visitors their first impression of your community. Because of the pride you have in your township, you want that first impression to be a good one. This webinar will help guide you through the process of developing an effective website.


How to Prepare a Great (and Legal) Fee Schedule - On-Demand Webinar

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.


How to Succeed at Developing Zoning Ordinances - On-Demand Webinar

This webinar will address how your township can develop a good zoning ordinance, whether you are starting from scratch or want to modify an existing ordinance.


How to Work with VOADs - Archived Webinar
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. This webinar will introduce techniques to help you more fully integrate local VOADs into your township’s emergency management team throughout the disaster cycle.

Inspecting Standard Stormwater Control Structures - On-Demand Webinar

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.


Inspecting Stormwater Control Structures - On-Demand Webinar

This webinar will discuss these standard construction, operation, and maintenance practices that will be suitable for evaluating the conditions of your stormwater structures.


Is Your Fire Department Ready for Medical Marijuana? - On-Demand Webinar

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


It's Almost Budget Season...Are You Prepared? - On-Demand Webinar

A budget is more than a spreadsheet… it’s the story of your community.  Does your Township’s budget tell a story, or is it just a bunch of numbers?  Learn how to create a budget that both provides great information and is easily understood by your residents. 


Land Use Planning to Reduce Impacts of Disaster - On-Demand Webinar

This webinar will discuss how role effective land-use planning can reduce both the risk from and impact of potential hazards. Proactive natural hazards planning by the township, whether by its planning commission or through its comprehensive plan, enables communities to more fully understand their local disaster risks and make decisions that increase their own safety, resilience and sustainability. Join this webinar to learn more about the nature of disaster risk, the role that land-use planning can pl


Managing Municipal Employees in a 24/7 World - On-Demand Webinar

In this webinar, participants will learn about policies and best practices to address use of personal electronic devices while on the township clock, use of social media and its potential impact on freedom of speech and collective bargaining, working from outside the office while off-the-clock, and much more.


Managing Your Unemployment Compensation Claims - Archived Webinar

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. 


Maximizing Your Limited Road Budget with Pavement Management - On-Demand Webinar

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.


Meeting Management for Planning Commission and Zoning Hearing Board Members - On-Demand Webinar

Public meetings are both structured and subject to change based on public input. Learning how to develop effective meeting agendas which take into consideration the needed elements of each meeting while accommodating public input and questions is important to keep meetings from running too long.This webinar will address tips and tricks for better managing your meetings.


Meeting Management for Planning Commissions - On-Demand Webinar

 Making sure your planning commission meetings run smoothly is important so that the members feel they are making effective use of the time they volunteer for the township. A well-run meeting is also important for the picture it presents to the public who attend to either learn about the issues or who are there to submit comments on the proceedings. This webinar will address best practices that will help your planning commission meetings be productive without wasting time.


Municipal Asset Management Through GIS - On-Demand Webinar

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.


New Changes to Act 537, the State's Sewage Facilities Act - On-Demand Webinar

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.


On-Demand Webinar - Are There Illicit Discharges from Your Public Works Facility

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.


On-Demand Webinar - Considering Riparian Forest Buffers

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.


On-Demand Webinar - Environmental Rights Amendment: New Role for Townships?

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


On-Demand Webinar - Everything You Really Didn't Want to Know About Heart and Lung

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.


On-Demand webinar - FCC's Recent Order on Small Wireless Facilities

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


On-Demand Webinar - Hot Issues in Managing Part-Time Police Officers

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.


On-Demand Webinar - Municipal Stormsewer System Mapping

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


On-Demand Webinar - SNAP, GOOGLE, TWEET, The Constant Noise of Social Media

The constant noise of social media presents many issues, challenges and opportunities for all employers. In this webinar (FREE to PSATS members), join Cory Lannacone 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. 

 


On-Demand Webinar - Solving Hour/Wage Challenges

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


On-Demand Webinar - Tiny Homes, Big Questions

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


On-Demand Webinar - Using Excel for Emergency Management Purposes

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.


Overwhelmed by Clutter? Minimize with the Municipal Records Act - On-Demand Webinar

Feeling overwhelmed by boxes of old records? Filing drawers bulging and running out of space? Find out how to use the Pennsylvania State Historical and Museum Commission's Municipal Records Manual to do some spring cleaning! Learn what records to purge and how, while protecting valuable, permanent and long-term records.


PA's One Call: New Law, New Rules - On-Demand Webinar

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.


Pennsylvania's Medical Marijuana Act - Is Your Township Prepared? - On-Demand Webinar

More and more municipalities throughout the Commonwealth are grappling with the impact of Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Act as growers/processors and dispensaries are evaluating potential sites for their operations. This 1-hour webinar will focus on what municipalities can and cannot do when imposing zoning restrictions on these operations. 


Plan Like a Green Beret - The P.A.C.E. Way - On-Demand Webinar

In the emergency management world, “being lucky” is not a plan. Sometimes you do get lucky and your emergency management and response plans and procedures work just as you thought they would. However, often things don’t go as planned. As the famous philosopher Mike Tyson once said, “Everyone has a plan ’till they get punched in the mouth.” To help the Army’s Green Berets prepare for all contingencies during a mission, they use the P.A.C.E. planning method. This


Planning for Agricultural Security Areas - Archived Webinar

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.


Planning for Stormwater Management - On-Demand Webinar

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


Police Discipline Essentials - On-Demand Webinar

Join experienced labor counsel and former assistant district attorney Patrick Harvey for a discussion of how to investigate and appropriately discipline police misconduct. Learn how to make discipline stick if challenged at arbitration, how to deal with off duty misconduct and criminal charges, and much more. 


Police Pursuit Issues - On-Demand Webinar

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.


Preparing for Mutual Aid during Emergencies - On-Demand Webinar

When disasters like floods, tornadoes, and blizzards hit, they often impact more than your township. In these instances, your township will  often need to work with neighboring townships and boroughs both in responding and recovery. This webinar will help emergency management coordinators understand the state’s mutual aid law and how every township can participate.


Preparing for the 2020 Census - On-Demand Webinar

The Local Update of Census Addresses (LUCA) Program allows local governments to review the Census address list prior to the 2020 Decennial Census. This presentation will cover how to participate in the LUCA Program from beginning to end. Topics covered will include how to prepare for participation prior to receiving your LUCA materials, how to conduct the LUCA review, appropriate address edits, how to make a submission, and what happens after you have made your submission. 


Preparing for Winter Maintenance Operations - On-Demand Webinar

You owe it to your municipality to participate in this webinar in which we will discuss ideas and proven techniques to help you prepare for and deal with winter weather events. Not only will we discuss having a written winter maintenance plan, we will touch on anti-icing, pre-wetting and snow plowing techniques for your paved roadways. In addition we will touch on winter maintenance challenges for those that need to maintain gravel roads and good housekeeping as required by the MS4 program.


Preparing Your Emergency Response Team - On-Demand Webinar

 This dynamic presentation will help you understand the “who” and the “why” for building an emergency management team that will be able to provide even more effective emergency management service to their township.


Preventing Employment Law Issues: Sexual Harrassment Primer - On-Demand Webinar

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, sexual harrassment, properly (and promptly) investigating employee claims, the importance of employment law training, and written


Priority Based Budgeting - Archived Webinar
Priority Based Budgeting (PBB) provides a comprehensive, transparent process that guides elected officials, staff and the community to reach common ground on the prioritization of scarce resources. During this interactive webinar, participants will learn the process for implementing PBB, and ICMA “Leading Practice.”

Processing New Hires - On-Demand Webinar

Getting ready for the new municipal year often includes hiring new employees, such as new roadmasters, secretaries, or other township positions. This webinar will address all the actions that secretaries or managers will need to do when hiring new employees, from developing effective job descriptions, the application process, adding them to your unemployment compensation and insurance coverage, reporting new hires to the Pa. Department of Labor and Industry, preparing for their immediate and future tra


Procurement 101: Bid Limits, Prevailing Wage and More - On-Demand Webinar

This webinar will cover the basics of the procurement process, including determining when bids and quotes must be obtained, complying with the prevailing wage, determining the lowest responsible bidder, drafting specifications and avoiding pitfalls that result in bid contests, an insufficient number of quality bids, and more. 


Protecting Your Township from Cyber Crime/Theft - On-Demand Webinar

Municipalities throughout the United States are increasingly being targeted by cyber criminals. In this webinar, you will learn about the types of risks that townships face in their battle to protect their data, as well as that of their employees and residents, how to respond in the event of a data breach or lawsuits that arise from breaches, cyber insurance policies, and best practices you can implement to lessen your township’s exposure. 


Public Information During Emergencies - On-Demand Webinar

One of the most important things your residents need during an emergency is reliable information. This webinar will review the types of information to be provided and the methods for getting that information out to the public.


Public Works 411: Keeping Your Community Informed - On-Demand Webinar

Nobody likes traffic congestion, especially when they don’t know about it. this webinar will provide insight into how to inform local drivers of your township’s planned road maintenance activities so the traveling public will know what roads not to take and how they can get around any potential traffic congestion.


Putting the Zeal in Zoning: How to be an Effective ZHB Member - On-Demand Webinar

What is a zoning hearing board? How do you become appointed to the board? What role does the board play in zoning decisions? These are just a few of the questions that will be answered during this introductory course to serving on a zoning hearing board. Individuals who would like more information about municipal zoning hearing boards or newly appointed board members are encouraged to attend this webinar. 



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