Education Catalog (Webinars)

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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

7/18/2018  12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Soil Stabilization and Pavement Preservation Techniques
This webinar will discuss how townships can benefit by using High Density Polyurethane to help stabilize the soil and preserve pavements from the damages of settling. The speaker will review applicable case studies, discuss the costs and benefits of use (including savings in labor and other costs), and how Liquid Fuels Funds can be used to pay for these projects.

Eligible for 1 PMGA Secondary Credit

7/25/2018  12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

How to Apply for FEMA's Public Assistance and Individual Assistance Grants
When your township sustains damage from a disaster, FEMA’s public assistance (PA) grants are there to help the township rebuild, while Individual assistance (IA) grants help homeowners rebuild. Local emergency management coordinators are often relied on to help with both grant programs. This webinar, presented by staff from PEMA’s Bureau of Recovery and Mitigation, will review the recent changes to these programs so that EMCs can quickly get the ball rolling for those needing to apply for either grant program to help your township get back on its feet.

Eligible for 1 PMGA Secondary Credit

8/1/2018  12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Township Regulation of Wireless Facilities: Making Sense of a Changing Landscape

The Commonwealth Court's recent decision in Crown Castle v. PUC means a reset in the area of municipal regulation of wireless communications facilities. In this webinar, Dan Cohen of Cohen Law Group will explain about what steps municipalities can (and cannot) take to regulate this use and provide an overview of potential legislative changes that are afoot in this area. 

Eligible for 1 PMGA Secondary Credit

8/8/2018  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.

8/8/2018 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Environmental Rights Amendment: New Role for Townships?
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has recently dramatically expanded the scope of the 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 PMGA Secondary Credit

8/15/2018  12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Visual Review of Recent Dirt, Gravel, and Low Volume Road Activities
Each year, the Pa. Center for Dirt and Gravel Road Studies compiles a photo review of recent dirt and gravel road projects as a way to easily share these projects with other municipal officials across the state. If you want to see (and hear) how other municipalities address their dirt, gravel, and low-volume road issues, then join us for this instructive and informative webinar led by the internationally-renown team from the Center for Dirt and Gravel Road Studies at PSU. If a picture of a dirt and gravel road project is worth a thousand words, then 45 minutes of such pictures must be priceless! Join us for what we call “dirt road TV”!

Eligible for 1 PMGA Secondary Credit

8/22/2018  12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

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 Iannacone 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

8/29/2018  12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.