Education Catalog (Webinars)

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Effective Drainage for Dirt and Gravel Roads
If you have dirt and gravel roads, you know the importance of road drainage, especially during the coming months! Road drainage is an essential element of any road design, but especially for dirt and gravel roads as water draining off the surface can erode the very road itself. The PSU Center for Dirt and Gravel Roads has undertaken years of research on learning how to protect dirt and gravel roads from the erosional forces of stormwater and upland drainage patterns. This webinar will discuss the general concepts of how to effectively drain dirt and gravel roads so that the road itself is not structurally damaged using a variety of techniques such as proper crown and cross-slope, such as grade breaks, berm removal, and broad-based dips. If you have dirt and gravel roads, you will want to attend this webinar.

10/25/2017  12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

457(b) Deferred Compensation
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.

10/26/2017  10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

The Ultimate Guide to Web-based Emergency Operations Plan
Updating and maintaining your township’s emergency operations plan (EOP) should be a standard responsibility for all emergency management coordinators (EMCs). To help make writing and updating EOPs easier, PEMA encourages use of the Comprehensive Emergency Management Planner software (CEM Planner). This is a free, user-friendly, web-based emergency planning system that facilitates the planning process to create and maintain EOPs, Continuity of Operations Plans, and Exercise Plans, all which can be accessed online or downloaded into a printable format. This webinar will demonstrate how townships can use this free system to not only keep their EOPs up-to-date, but more importantly always make them readily available to their emergency management team during an emergency.

11/01/2017  12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Managing Your Unemployment Compensation Claims
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

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

11/02/2017  2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Subdivision PRDs and TNDs: What's the Difference
Townships have the option to include planned residential developments (PRDs) and traditional neighborhood developments (TNDs) as part of their zoning ordinance. PRD provisions are designed to encourage innovation and variety in residential development, provide better opportunities for housing, recreation, and open space, and better relate development design to the particular site. A traditional neighborhood development (TND) is a development strategy designed to create complete neighborhoods that provide housing, shopping, and business within the same area. This webinar will review the differences between the two and discuss how they each can be used in your township.

11/08/2017  12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Employee handbooks: Crafting Policies for Townships of All Sizes

Participants in this webinar will learn about the importance of creating and updating employee policy manuals, regardless of whether your municipality has dozens of employees or just a few. Among the policies to be discussed include those governing computer and social media use, establishing codes of conduct and disciplinary procedures, and prohibiting discrimination, harassment and retaliation.

Eligible for 1 PMGA secondary credit.

11/15/2017  12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Road Crew Safety Principles

Every three days in the US, a worker is hit and killed by one of their own pieces of equipment. This one hour webinar will review road crew safety principles from three perspectives. the first is proper work zone set-ups, the second is safe driving techniques, and the third is worksite/yard activities. For each area, we will discuss proper safety apparel, rules/guidelines to follow, and safe practices. Additional information is available through LTAP classes on Work Zones, Safe Driving, and Equipment/Worker Safety.

Eligible for 1 PMGA Secondary Credit

11/22/2017  12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.