Education Catalog (Webinars)

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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.  

Presenter:  Mark D. Harman, P.G., senior project manager at ARRO, is a licensed professional geologist in the Commonwealth of PA. He has 18 years of experience in hydrogeologic studies, erosion and sedimentation control planning, NPDES permitting, MS4 compliance and reporting, stormwater management system design, wetlands delineation, and PA Natural Diversity Inventory studies as well as municipal administration and enforcement.

Eligible for 1 PMGA Secondary Credit.

3/27/2019  12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

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.

Eligible for 1 PMGA Secondary Credit

4/3/2019  12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Considering Riparian Forest Buffers for Your Community 

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.

Eligible for 1 PMGA Secondary Credit.

4/10/2019  12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Solving Wage/Hour 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/doffing figure into the calculation of hours worked; addressing how bonus payments, blended pay rates, prevailing wage and premium pay affect overtime pay calculations; and ensuring compliance with overtime pay and compensatory time policies.

Eligible for 1 PMGA Secondary Credit.

4/17/2019  12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Do You Trust the Low Bidder to Do the Right Thing?

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 Development plans are to be bonded and inspected. This is a critical responsibility of the municipality and their consultants.

Eligible for 1 PMGA Secondary Credit.

4/24/2019 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Managing Your Unemployment Compensation Claims (Members Only)

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?

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.  The session will cover:

·         claim standards and procedures

·         the hearing process

·         workforce management practices

5/7/2019 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Using Conservatorship to Fight Blight

Conservatorship (Act 135) is a powerful blight remediation tool that gives municipalities and other interested parties the right to seek temporary possession of blighted, abandoned properties for the purpose of making repairs, and bringing them up to code or demolishing them. Using case studies from rural and urban areas, in this webinar, Winnie Branton will provide step-by-step guidance on how to build you case from property identification and due diligence to final plan cost recovery.

Eligible for 1 PMGA Secondary Credit.

5/8/2019 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Creating an Affordable Retirement Plan (Members Only)
The Trustees Insurance Fund, through PSATS, is offering a webinar to provide an introduction to our 457 Plan and help your township officials determine if this is a valuable benefit to offer to the employees. This benefit can be offered to both full-time and part-time employees for a nominal annual administrative fee. The Plan can be set-up for “employee-only” contributions and includes a Roth feature that allows for post-tax contributions. Participants can choose either the Roth or traditional “pre-tax” option – or use a combination of the two. Also, participants in the plan can choose from a wide variety of investment options and enjoy the flexibility of managing their own retirement account. Township officials can offer this Plan as an “employee-only” contribution and pass the low annual administrative fee costs on to the employees, making the plan a “no-cost” retirement benefit for your township.

This will be an interactive Webinar; participants will be able to submit questions to the presenter, who will answer them for the entire group.

5/14/2019  2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

8/8/2019  10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

10/15/2019  2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Are You Ready for Short-Term Rentals in Your Community

This webinar will address the growth of short-term rentals in communities nationwide. Claudia Shank of McNees Wallace & Nurick will explain how municipalities can regulate short-term rentals and lessons learned from recent Pennsylvania court cases.

Eligible for 1 PMGA Secondary Credit.

5/13/2019 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

ABC's of Municipal Bidding

Not sure whether your municipality is complying with its’ purchasing obligations or just looking for ways to be more efficient when purchasing? In this webinar, Jason Snyder will discuss the requirements that municipalities must satisfy when bidding public contracts to procure materials, equipment, and services. Mr. Snyder will also review limitations on purchases, quotes, and bids, as well as current exemptions from municipal bidding, (including DGS/COSTARS piggyback contracts). He will also discuss prevailing wage advertising and bonding requirements. The webinar will include an electronic download of the Pennsylvania Purchasing Handbook.

Eligible for 1 PMGA Secondary Credit.

5/22/2019 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Managing Truck Traffic on Local Roads

Managing truck traffic on local read is a difficult balancing act for many municipalities in Pennsylvania. While trucks need access to pick and deliver goods, many local roads are not suitable for truck travel. Recent changes in state law, including Act 31 of 2018, add more complications and the potential for more truck traffic. In this webinar, you will learn about: (1) current state laws and regulations on truck access and restrictions, (2) traffic study requirements and options for restricting truck traffic, and (3) local truck traffic issues, problems and solutions.

Eligible for 1 PMGA Secondary Credit.

9/25/2019 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.