Act 111 Negotiations and Interest Arbitration - Archived 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.

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.

Basic Municipal Emergency Management Operations - Archived 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 - Archived 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.

Budgeting for Road Maintenance Activities - Archived 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.

Capital Asset Management: Easy and Effective Tracking of Township Capital Assets - Archived Webinar

Having trouble keeping track of your township’s capital assets, including stormwater infrastructure, sewers, other structures and more? This webinar will walk attendees through options available to make the process easier and more cost-effective. This is a must-attend anyone responsible for asset management. 

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.

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.

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 Your Comprehensive Plan - Archived Webinar

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.

Documenting Your Emergency Response Costs - Archived 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.

Effectively Evaluating and Managing Employee Performance - Archived Webinar

It’s a Marathon, not a Sprint – Effectively Evaluating and Managing Employee Performance...Just like a race, successfully managing employee performance requires preparation, including establishing the job duties and expectations in advance.  This program will focus on the critical steps, from beginning to end, that Townships must take to effectively manage and address employee performance. 

Emergency Operations Plan: Is Your Township's Up-to-Date? - Archived 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.

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.

First Amendment: Twp. Employees, Residents and Freedom of Speech - Archived 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.

Get in the Zone: Duties of a Zoning Officer - Archived 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. 

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 - Archived 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. 

How to Make an Effective Township Website - Archived 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 Succeed at Developing Zoning Ordinances - Archived 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 Stormwater Control Structures - Archived Webinar

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

It's Almost Budget Season...Are You Prepared? - Archived 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. 

Managing Municipal Employees in a 24/7 World - Archived 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.

Meeting Management for Planning Commission and Zoning Hearing Board Members - Archived 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.

Overwhelmed by Clutter? Minimize with the Municipal Records Act - Archived 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.

Pennsylvania's Medical Marijuana Act - Is Your Township Prepared? - Archived 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. 

Police Discipline Essentials - Archived 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. 

Preparing for Mutual Aid during Emergencies - Archived 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 Winter Maintenance Operations - Archived 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 - Archived 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.

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.”

Procurement 101: Bid Limits, Prevailing Wage and More - Archived 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 - Archived 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 - Archived 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 - Archived 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 - Archived 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. 

Safety Dance: Road Crew Training Protocols - Archived Webinar

Whether they are working in the blistering heat, freezing cold, or during dangerous weather such as tornadoes and lightning storms, your road crews face special challenges as they try to keep safe from the elements. This webinar will review the safety practices and training protocols your township should have in place to teach your employees how to be safe in all weather conditions.

Sinkholes: Remediation and Prevention Techniques - Archived Webinar
This presentation will provide a basic understanding of sinkholes and the evaluation process utilized to facilitate sinkhole repair. Presenters will focus on how sinkholes form underground, and what causes them to open to the surface.

Speed Management for Local Roads - Archived Webinar

One of the most common traffic complaints in a community is of speeding on local neighborhood streets, or on the streets through sensitive areas (e.g., schools, parks, downtowns).  “That car was going at least 50 mph” is a common refrain heard by local officials.  But how do you address this complaint?  This webinar will discuss Speed Management, and how local communities can address speeding issues on local streets.

Stormwater Controls for Municipal Garages - Archived Webinar

This webinar will provide a general overview of the actions that townships and other municipalities should take to prevent stormwater runoff from generating pollutional discharges from their municipal garages. 

The Changing Regulatory Landscape for Outdoor Advertising - Archived Webinar

Trying to figure out how to address all of the various outdoor signs popping up in your municipality, including electronic signs, billboards, and political signs? In this webinar, you will learn about all of the options available, best practices to help your municipality avoid costly litigation, and what other municipalities have been doing to regulate signs in the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s landmark sign decision in Reed v. Town of Gilbert.

The Ins and Outs of Legal Advertising - Archived Webinar

Struggling to keep up with all of your township’s advertising requirements? Then this webinar is for you! This webinar will cover all aspects of legal advertising for townships for a wide variety of common township-related issues, including public meetings, general ordinances, zoning ordinances, and hearings.

What's the Plan: Emergency Management Preparedness - Archived Webinar

All municipalities are required by state law to prepare, maintain, and keep current their emergency management plan (EMP) for the prevention and minimization of injury and damage caused by disasters and to provide prompt and effective response to disaster and disaster emergency relief and recovery. This webinar will discuss various options on how your township can plan and prepare for you to exercise your emergency response capabilities.

Zoning a Brighter Future - Archived Webinar
This webinar will focus on how Townships can tailor their ordinances, standards, and processes to most effectively guide development and redevelopment to drive economic yet sustainable growth in communities.

Zoning Ordinances for the 21st Century - Archived Webinar

Antiquated zoning ordinances can create many headaches for municipalities as new, unanticipated uses pop up throughout communities. After this webinar, participants will be ready to make the changes necessary to modernize their ordinances and account for these types of uses.

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