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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


Active Shooter Response: What To Do Before and After Police Arrive
 

Critical communication skills are necessary for 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
 

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
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


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

Capital Asset Management: Easy and Effective Tracking of Township Capital Assets

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. 

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


Channeling Your Municipal Voice
Critical communication skills are necessary for 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
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. While creating positive environments and practical furniture placement cannot stop all bad behavior, it can greatly impact your ability to mitigate the behavior, redirect the conversation, or get to safety when all else fails.

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
Curves on Local Roads - Issues and Safety Tools
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.

DEP/EPA Audits - MS4 Made Simple 4 U
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
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

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 Secondary Credit for PSATS Municipal Government Academy (PMGA) enrollees

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

Employment Law Checklists for Municipal Employers
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.

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

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

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


Google Earth: An Affordable Tool
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

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

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 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.

How to Work with 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 you more fully integrate local VOADs into your township’s emergency management team throughout the disaster cycle — preparation, response, recovery, and mitigation — with the goal of better ensuring your township’s resilience after a disaster.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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.

QuickBooks and Municipal Payroll

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

Sinkholes: Remediation and Prevention Techniques
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
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

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

Zoning a Brighter Future
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

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