Education Catalog (Webinars)

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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.


8/23/2017  12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

457 (b) Deferred Compensation Plan (Members Only)

8/23/2017  2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

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 even though is FREE to PSATS members, registration is still required), 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.

This webinar is eligible for 1 PMGA credit.

8/30/2017  12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Building and Maintaining Strong Relationships with VFDs

A critical component of elected and appointed municipal officials’ responsibilities to the public they serve is the provision and management of fire and EMS services. However, far too often, communications between municipal officials and representatives of emergency service organizations (ESOs) only take place during the budget season or when a crisis occurs. This course will help address that by focusing on ways to implement best practices for building positive, sustainable working relationships between municipal officials and ESOs. Among the topics to be discussed include the importance of planning, communications, and timelines when budgeting for ESO services, creating and communicating annual reports, and the key questions that municipal officials should ask of their ESOs to ensure quality and cost-effective services.

Eligible for 1 PMGA Secondary Credit

9/6/2017  12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

The Changing Regulatory Landscape for Outdoor Advertising Signs and Devices

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 PMGA Secondary Credit

9/7/2017  12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

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

9/13/2017  12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Effectively Evaluating and Managing Employee Performance

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. In addition, solid performance management requires a steady pace of regular feedback and most importantly, effective documentation. This program will focus on the critical steps, from beginning to end, that Townships must take to effectively manage and address employee performance.

Eligible for 1 PMGA Secondary Credit

9/20/2017  12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

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.

Eligible for 1 PMGA Secondary Credit

9/27/2017  12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

401-a and 457-b: The Perfect Retirement 'Match'

Is your municipality offering its employees the necessary building blocks for a secure future in retirement? The Trustees Insurance Fund, through PSATS, is presenting a webinar which will provide an introduction to our new 401-a Defined Contribution retirement plan. This type of plan offers much flexibility to the municipality in determining who is eligible to participate and who controls the investment options. Contributions by the employer can be a fixed percent of salary or a flat dollar amount per year, making the budgeting process more predictable and easier.

10/05/2017  2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.