Education Catalog (Webinars)

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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 PMGA Secondary Credit

1/10/2018  12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Prepare Now 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 PMGA Secondary Credit

1/17/2018  12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

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 PMGA Secondary Credit

1/24/2018  12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

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

1/31/2018  12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

457(b) Deferred Compensation Plan
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.

2/6/2018  2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Working with Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters (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 PMGA Secondary Credit

2/7/2018  12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Best Practices for Subdivision and Land Development Ordinances
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 PMGA Secondary Credit

2/14/2018  12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Open Records Officer Responsibilities
Your township’s open records officer (ORO) is responsible for ensuring compliance with the state’s Right-to-Know law, including the process for the public to request records, how your ORO should respond to such request, and the appeals process. This webinar will review municipalities' obligations under the Sunshine Act and Right-to-Know Law, discuss recent case law and trends, and provide best practices to help make municipal officials' jobs more efficient and cost effective.

Eligible for 1 PMGA Secondary Credit

2/21/2018  12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.