Education Catalog (Archived Webinars)

Click to access the list of Webinars

 

Click to access the list of Classroom-Based Workshops

Act 111 Negotiations and Interest Arbitration
 

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. Our presenters are experienced labor counsel who will cover all of the essentials, including best practices for controlling costs and ensuring appropriate management rights.

** Eligible for 1 Secondary Credit for PSATS Municipal Government Academy (PMGA) enrollees


Basic Municipal Emergency Management Operations
Sponsored by the Township Emergency Management Association (TEMA), this webinar will provide an in-depth review of the basic components to the emergency management program which all municipalities are required by state law (Title 35, Pa C.S. Section 7503) to develop, update, and practice. Emergency management planning is an on-going process of preparation, response, recovery, and mitigation, and your township needs to be ready to handle a broad range of natural and man-made disasters. For as Winston Churchill once said, “Let our advance worrying become advanced thinking and planning.”

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). Attendees will also learn about mutual aid agreements and other tools and useful forms to aid development of your EMP.

** Eligible for 1 Secondary Credit for PSATS Municipal Government Academy (PMGA) enrollees

Basic Municipal Planning

 

Sponsored by the Township Planning Association (TPA), this webinar will provide an in-depth review of the basic components to local land use planning as provided by the state’s Municipal Planning Code (Act 247 of 1968). For as Yogi Berra once said, “You got to be careful if you don't know where you're going, because you might not get there.” Land use planning allows your township to know where it wants to go, which then allows it to make decisions that support where it wants to be in the future.

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.

Land use planning is vital to the economic, social, and environmental health of your township and the state as a whole. Land use decisions drive local development patterns and impact your township’s revenues, service delivery costs, community transportation options, and environmental integrity. Because the effects of your land use decisions are enduring, it is important they be done well. This webinar will help those new to township government, whether as a newly- elected official or newly-appointed member of your planning commission, be better prepared to make those decisions.

** Eligible for 1 Secondary Credit for PSATS Municipal Government Academy (PMGA) enrollees


Best Practices: Parks and Recreation Operations
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.

** Eligible for 1 Secondary Credit for PSATS Municipal Government Academy (PMGA) enrollees

Best Practices for Subdivision & Land Development Ordinances (SALDO)
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 acceptable building and landscaping design standards; and (3) coordinate public improvements with private development interests.

** Eligible for 1 Secondary Credit for PSATS Municipal Government Academy (PMGA) enrollees

Budgeting for Road Maintenance Activities
The budget for your township’s road maintenance activities must be based on reliable information about the current condition of your roads and the cost of various maintenance activities that must be performed. Knowing the condition of your roads will help determine how much you will need to budget for next year’s road maintenance and preservation activities. 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.

** Eligible for 1 Secondary Credit for PSATS Municipal Government Academy (PMGA) enrollees

Computer Security Steps Every Township Should Take
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 hacked or even having your records "stolen" and held for ransom.

** Eligible for 1 Secondary Credit for PSATS Municipal Government Academy (PMGA) enrollees

Creating Safe Meeting Space for Public and Private Use
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.

** Eligible for 1 Secondary Credit for PSATS Municipal Government Academy (PMGA) enrollees

Cutting Costs through Multi-Municipal Stormwater Management
With municipal budgets stretched thin, increased regulatory requirements are putting a strain on townships through the Commonwealth. A cooperative, intergovernmetnal approach to stormwater management enables local, state, and federal partnerships that can significantly reduce the costs of both regulatory compliance and stormwater infrastruction operation, maintenance and management. This presentation provides insight for how municipal personnel can implement strategies to yield cost savings that benefit their municipality's bottom line.

** Eligible for 1 Secondary Credit for PSATS Municipal Government Academy (PMGA) enrollees
Developing Walkable Neighborhoods
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.

** Eligible for 1 Secondary Credit for PSATS Municipal Government Academy (PMGA) enrollees

Developing Your Comprehensive Plan
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.

** Eligible for 1 Secondary Credit for PSATS Municipal Government Academy (PMGA) enrollees

Documenting Your Emergency Response Costs
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. A number of forms have been developed to help your township keep the records needed to document not only the physical and structural damage to township infrastructure such as roads, bridges, and buildings, but also to keep track of your accumulated personnel, equipment, and material costs should they become eligible for federal reimbursement. 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.

** Eligible for 1 Secondary Credit for PSATS Municipal Government Academy (PMGA) enrollees

Don't Get Railroaded: Stay on the Right Track When Dealing with Railroads
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 approach on the legal and government relations front.

** Eligible for 1 Secondary Credit for PSATS Municipal Government Academy (PMGA) enrollees

Effective Drainage for Dirt and Gravel Roads
If you have dirt and gravel roads, you know the importance of road drainage, especially during the coming months! Road drainage is an essential element of any road design, but especially for dirt and gravel roads as water draining off the surface can erode the very road itself. The PSU Center for Dirt and Gravel Roads has undertaken years of research on learning how to protect dirt and gravel roads from the erosional forces of stormwater and upland drainage patterns. 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.

** Eligible for 1 Secondary Credit for PSATS Municipal Government Academy (PMGA) enrollees

Emergency Management Ideas for Small and Rural Townships
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?
All townships are required by state law to prepare, maintain, and keep current their emergency operations plan (EOP) for the prevention and minimization of injury and damage caused by disasters and to provide a prompt and effective response to disaster and disaster emergency relief and recovery. 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.

** Eligible for 1 Secondary Credit for PSATS Municipal Government Academy (PMGA) enrollees

Emergency Road Closures and Declaring Snow Emergencies
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.

** Eligible for 1 Secondary Credit for PSATS Municipal Government Academy (PMGA) enrollees

Employee Handbook: Crafting Policies for Townships of All Sizes
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.

** Eligible for 1 Secondary Credit for PSATS Municipal Government Academy (PMGA) enrollees

Employee Performance Evaluation Strategies
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.

** Eligible for 1 Secondary Credit for PSATS Municipal Government Academy (PMGA) enrollees

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 the ERA, with a focus on what this all means for Pennsylvania local government.


** Eligible for 1 Secondary Credit for PSATS Municipal Government Academy (PMGA) enrollees

Erasing Blight through Eminent Domain
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.

** Eligible for 1 Secondary Credit for PSATS Municipal Government Academy (PMGA) enrollee

Evacuation Planning - Moving People Out of Harms Way
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 educate residents on what to do during and after any evacuation.

** Eligible for 1 Secondary Credit for PSATS Municipal Government Academy (PMGA) enrollees

"Everything Under the Sun" - Sunshine Act Q & A Panel Discussion
   

Filing Your UC Quarterly Reports
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.

** Eligible for 1 Secondary Credit for PSATS Municipal Government Academy (PMGA) enrollees

Financing Options for Stormwater Management
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.

** Eligible for 1 Secondary Credit for PSATS Municipal Government Academy (PMGA) enrollees

First Amendment: Twp. Employees, Residents and Freedom of Speech
The First Amendment plays a significant role in the lives of elected and appointed municipal officials and employees. Whether they are managing employees, sharing information with residents or the media about recent votes, upcoming projects or other hot-button issues, engaging in debate about potential ordinances, or taking public comment during meetings, municipal officials and employees need to be aware of their rights and responsibilities under the First Amendment. 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.

** Eligible for 1 Secondary Credit for PSATS Municipal Government Academy (PMGA) enrollees

Franchise Cable Fee Audits
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.

** Eligible for 1 Secondary Credit for PSATS Municipal Government Academy (PMGA) enrollee

From Parks to Public Meetings: What Does the ADA Require?
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 taking to ensure ADA compliance.

** Eligible for 1 Secondary Credit for PSATS Municipal Government Academy (PMGA) enrollees

Get in the Zone: Duties of a Zoning Officer

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. The webinar will also provide more information about the Certified Zoning Official (CZO) examination administered by the Pennsylvania Association of Zoning Officials (PAAZO). The exam ensures that your zoning officer meets the MPC requirements, which lets your municipality rest easy that your zoning officer can meet your administrative, enforcement, and customer service expectations.

** Eligible for 1 PMGA Secondary Credit


Getting New Emergency Management Coordinators Up-to-Speed
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.

** Eligible for 1 Secondary Credit for PSATS Municipal Government Academy (PMGA) enrollees

Health Insurance 411: What Every Township Must Know About Managing Health Plans
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.

** Eligible for 1 Secondary Credit for PSATS Municipal Government Academy (PMGA) enrollees

Helping Residents Finance On-lot Sewage System Repairs
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 can work together to make sure homeowners have program information when they need it.

** Eligible for 1 PMGA Secondary Credit

Hot Topics for Police Management
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

** Eligible for 1 Secondary Credit for PSATS Municipal Government Academy (PMGA) enrollees

How E-procurement Can Save $$
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 participants on the many time and cost-saving benefits of e-procurement, culminating with a brief demonstration of current e-procurement capabilities.

** Eligible for 1 Secondary Credit for PSATS Municipal Government Academy (PMGA) enrollees

How to Conduct a Road Safety Audit
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.

** Eligible for 1 Secondary Credit for PSATS Municipal Government Academy (PMGA) enrollees

How to Get Your Newly Elected Supervisors Up to Speed
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

** Eligible for 1 Secondary Credit for PSATS Municipal Government Academy (PMGA) enrollees

How to Make an Effective Township Website
People use the internet for everything, everywhere, all the time. Since the days of relying on phone books are long gone, when people need to find information, they most likely turn to the internet. Your residents are no difference – whether they want to know how to get a building permit or if they want to sign up to rent the park pavilion, they want to be able to access your services on their computer. 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.

** Eligible for 1 Secondary Credit for PSATS Municipal Government Academy (PMGA) enrollees

How to Prepare a Great (and Legal) Fee Schedule
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.

** Eligible for 1 Secondary Credit for PSATS Municipal Government Academy (PMGA) enrollee

How to Succeed at Developing Zoning Ordinances
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.

Inspecting Standard Stormwater Control Structures
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.

** Eligible for 1 Secondary Credit for PSATS Municipal Government Academy (PMGA) enrollees

Inspecting Stormwater Control Structures
Townships are increasingly responsible for ensuring that their stormwater control structures are constructed according to specific engineering plans and are operated and maintained in accordance with standard practices. This webinar will discuss these standard construction, operation, and maintenance practices that will be suitable for evaluating the conditions of your stormwater structures.

** Eligible for 1 Secondary Credit for PSATS Municipal Government Academy (PMGA) enrollees

Is Your Fire Department Ready for Medical Marijuana
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 departments, given that a member or employee could be prescribed medicinal marijuana.

** Eligible for 1 Secondary Credit for PSATS Municipal Government Academy (PMGA) enrollee

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

** Eligible for 1 Secondary Credit for PSATS Municipal Government Academy (PMGA) enrollees

Land Use Planning to Reduce Impacts of Disaster
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 play in building more hazard-resilient communities, and the actions every township can take to reduce their risks from disasters.

** Eligible for 1 Secondary Credit for PSATS Municipal Government Academy (PMGA) enrollees

Managing Municipal Employees in a 24/7 World
With the explosion in the use of electronic devices and social media, townships are facing more and more challenges as they attempt to manage the conduct of their employees. In this webinar, participants will learn about policies and best practices to address use of personal electronic devices (whether owned by the township or the employee) 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.

** Eligible for 1 Secondary Credit for PSATS Municipal Government Academy (PMGA) enrollees

Managing Your Unemployment Compensation Claims
Your former employee applies for unemployment compensation and you receive a request for separation information. How do you complete the forms and how much time do you have to return the form to the UC Service Center? Did you know that inadequate and untimely responses may lead to improper payments to the claimant and result in an increase in the contribution rate for your township?

Maximizing Your Limited Road Budget with Pavement Management
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.

** Eligible for 1 Secondary Credit for PSATS Municipal Government Academy (PMGA) enrollees

Meeting Management for Planning Commissions
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.

**Eligible for 1 Secondary Credit for PSATS Municipal Government Academy (PMGA) enrollees

Meeting Management for Planning Commission and Zoning Hearing Board Members
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.

** Eligible for 1 Secondary Credit for PSATS Municipal Government Academy (PMGA) enrollees

Municipal Asset Management Through GIS
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.

** Eligible for 1 Secondary Credit for PSATS Municipal Government Academy (PMGA) enrollee

New Changes to Act 537, the State's Sewage Facilities Act
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.

** Eligible for 1 Secondary Credit for PSATS Municipal Government Academy (PMGA) enrollees

Overwhelmed by Clutter? Minimize with the Municipal Records Act
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.

** Eligible for 1 Secondary Credit for PSATS Municipal Government Academy (PMGA) enrollees

PA's One Call: New Law, New Rules
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.

** Eligible for 1 Secondary Credit for PSATS Municipal Government Academy (PMGA) enrollee

Pennsylvania's Medical Marijuana Act - Is Your Township Prepared?
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. The presenters will also touch on the law’s impact on municipalities as employers of individuals authorized to use medical marijuana and respond to attendee questions.

** Eligible for 1 Secondary Credit for PSATS Municipal Government Academy (PMGA) enrollees

Plan Like a Green Beret - The P.A.C.E. Way
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 webinar will review in detail the P.A.C.E. planning method.

** Eligible for 1 Secondary Credit for PSATS Municipal Government Academy (PMGA) enrollees

Planning for Agricultural Security Areas
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.

** Eligible for 1 Secondary Credit for PSATS Municipal Government Academy (PMGA) enrollees

Planning for Stormwater Management
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 related to stormwater management as part of capital improvement plans, integrated plans, master plans or other planning efforts.

** Eligible for 1 Secondary Credit for PSATS Municipal Government Academy (PMGA) enrollees

Preparing for Mutual Aid during Emergencies
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.

** Eligible for 1 Secondary Credit for PSATS Municipal Government Academy (PMGA) enrollees

Preparing for the 2020 Census
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.

**Eligible for 1 Secondary Credit for PSATS Municipal Government Academy (PMGA) enrollees

Preparing for Winter Maintenance Operations
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.

** Eligible for 1 PMGA Secondary Credit

Preparing Your Emergency Response Team
When disasters strike, there are lots of jobs that need to be accomplished in a short amount of time and to a high degree of accuracy. Whether it is the township’s emergency management coordinator (EMC) working the phones to find additional needed supplies or the Public Information Office (PIO) meeting with the press to provide important and factual information for your residents or the road crew placing “road closed” signs to keep the traveling public safe, no one person can do it all. The presenter is well-versed in the need for the township to create a multi-member emergency management team, as he has been a fire chief and a PIO and an EMC in addition to his full-time job as a college teacher. 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.

** Eligible for 1 Secondary Credit for PSATS Municipal Government Academy (PMGA) enrollees

Preventing Employment Law Issues: Sexual Harrassment Primer
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 policies necessary for municipal employees.

** Eligible for 1 Secondary Credit for PSATS Municipal Government Academy (PMGA) enrollees

Processing New Hires

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 training needs, and how to get them up and running and onboard with your policies and procedures.


** Eligible for 1 Secondary Credit for PSATS Municipal Government Academy (PMGA) enrollees

Procurement 101: Bid Limits, Prevailing Wage and More
Don’t let the township procurement process be the source of headaches and frustration! 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.

** Eligible for 1 Secondary Credit for PSATS Municipal Government Academy (PMGA) enrollees

Protecting Your Township from Cyber Crime/Theft
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. Supervisors, secretaries, managers, solicitors, and others having responsibility for managing township-related data would benefit from this webinar.

Public Information During Emergencies
One of the most important things your residents need during an emergency is reliable information. The township’s emergency management coordinator is often the person charged with providing this information. This webinar will review the types of information to be provided and the methods for getting that information out to the public.

** Eligible for 1 Secondary Credit for PSATS Municipal Government Academy (PMGA) enrollees

Public Works 411: Keeping Your Community Informed
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.

** Eligible for 1 Secondary Credit for PSATS Municipal Government Academy (PMGA) enrollees

Putting the Zeal in Zoning: How to be an Effective ZHB Member
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. At the completion of the webinar, attendees will walk away with an understanding of the role, duties, and responsibilities of a zoning hearing board member and the basic format of a zoning hearing. Individuals who would like more information about municipal zoning hearing boards or newly appointed board members are encouraged to attend this webinar.

Road Crew Cold Weather Safety Precautions
Townships must keep the lights on and the roads open during all kinds of weather. But when the wind chill is below zero because of a hurricane snowstorm, what precautions should you take to keep your road crew safe when they are working in cold conditions? This webinar, designed for roadmasters, road crews, parks and recreation, and public works employees, will review best practices that your road crew should be using so they can safely continue to provide the service your residents need regardless of the weather.

** Eligible for 1 Secondary Credit for PSATS Municipal Government Academy (PMGA) enrollees

Safety Dance: Road Crew Training Protocols
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.

** Eligible for 1 Secondary Credit for PSATS Municipal Government Academy (PMGA) enrollees

Sexual Harassment: A New Reality for Employers
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.

** Eligible for 1 Secondary Credit for PSATS Municipal Government Academy (PMGA) enrollees

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.

** Eligible for 1 PMGA Secondary Credit

Speed Management for Local Roads
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.

** Eligible for 1 Secondary Credit for PSATS Municipal Government Academy (PMGA) enrollees

Stormwater Controls for Municipal Garages
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. If your municipality is designated as an MS4 (Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System) or has a stream or other body of water near your garages which has a total daily maximum load (TMDL) assigned to it by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), then your road foreman and road crew should participate in this webinar so they learn not only what to do, and, more importantly, what not to do, to prevent any potentially polluted runoff from your municipal garage from accidentally entering your local creeks and streams.

** Eligible for 1 Secondary Credit for PSATS Municipal Government Academy (PMGA) enrollees

The Changing Regulatory Landscape for Outdoor Advertising
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.

** Eligible for 1 Secondary Credit for PSATS Municipal Government Academy (PMGA) enrollees

The Ins and Outs of Legal Advertising
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. The presenters will walk through the legal requirements, as well as provide helpful tips and tricks to make your jobs easier.

** Eligible for 1 Secondary Credit for PSATS Municipal Government Academy (PMGA) enrollees

The Land Development Approval Process
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.

** Eligible for 1 Secondary Credit for PSATS Municipal Government Academy (PMGA) enrollees

The Ultimate Guide to Web-based Emergency Operations Plans
Updating and maintaining your township’s emergency operations plan (EOP) should be a standard responsibility for all emergency management coordinators (EMCs). To help make writing and updating EOPs easier, PEMA encourages use of the Comprehensive Emergency Management Planner software (CEM Planner). This is a free, user-friendly, web-based emergency planning system that facilitates the planning process to create and maintain EOPs, Continuity of Operations Plans, and Exercise Plans, all which can be accessed online or downloaded into a printable format. This webinar will demonstrate how townships can use this free system to not only keep their EOPs up-to-date, but more importantly always make them readily available to their emergency management team during an emergency.

** Eligible for 1 Secondary Credit for PSATS Municipal Government Academy (PMGA) enrollees

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 down concerns and provide possible answers to the big question of Tiny Homes.

** Eligible for 1 PMGA Secondary Credit

Update on Commercial Vehicle Safety Regulations
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 impacting CMV employees and their employers and get all your questions answered.

** Eligible for 1 Secondary Credit for PSATS Municipal Government Academy (PMGA) enrollees

Updating Township Contact Information on the PSATS Website
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.

** Eligible for 1 PMGA credit


Using Conservation Easements to Protect Open Space

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 consider in setting the conservation objectives, restrictive covenants, and other terms that are set forth in the legal document that establishes the easement.

** Eligible for 1 PMGA credit

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.

** Eligible for 1 PMGA Secondary Credit

What Governor Wolf's 2018-2019 Proposed Budget Means to Your Township
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.

** Eligible for 1 Secondary Credit for PSATS Municipal Government Academy (PMGA) enrollees

What's the Plan: Emergency Management Preparedness
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. Additionally, municipalities must provide individual and organizational training programs to insure they are able to deliver prompt, efficient and effective disaster emergency services. Taking the time to “practice” your emergency management plan ensures that everyone understands their roles during a real emergency. This webinar will discuss various options on how your township can plan and prepare for you to exercise your emergency response capabilities.

** Eligible for 1 Secondary Credit for PSATS Municipal Government Academy (PMGA) enrollees

Working with Volunteer Organziations Active in Disaster (VOADS)
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 your township’s emergency management team.

** Eligible for 1 Secondary Credit for PSATS Municipal Government Academy (PMGA) enrollees

Zoning Ordinances for the 21st Century
Antiquated zoning ordinances can create many headaches for municipalities as new, unanticipated uses pop up throughout communities. For example, most zoning ordinances are ill-equipped to handle cutting-edge issues such as drones, residential rentals, urban agriculture, small cell sites, and craft breweries, wineries and distilleries. After this webinar, participants will be ready to make the changes necessary to modernize their ordinances and account for these types of uses.

** Eligible for 1 PMGA Secondary Credit