Upcoming Events, Area Workshops & Webinars
PSATS' Webinar Wednesdays fit your busy schedule!
PSATS is offering a series of webinars on Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. Each month, the topics will rotate among the four tracks of the PSATS Municipal Government Academy (PMGA): public safety, planning, administration, and public works. PMGA enrollees can earn one secondary credit per webinar.
January 8, 2020
The Next Generation of Utility Coordination
In this webinar, Pennsylvania One Call will review new technology that enables users to add and/or import existing utility-related projects, find opportunities with others who want to coordinate, share project documents and communications with designated contacts, and notify facility owners and other contacts at any stage of a project. This includes individuals who are involved in the planning and execution of large construction projects, project owners, designers, excavators, facility owners and locators. This is an excellent opportunity for municipalities and others to better track utility-related projects.
January 15, 2020
Conditional Uses and Special Exceptions:
What's the Difference?
It is sometimes very easy for municipal officials and employees to confuse conditional uses and special exceptions and the procedures for addressing both. In this webinar, Kurt Williams and Tyler Beaston of Salzmann Hughes will review what you can and cannot do, as well as what you should and should not do, when your township receives request for conditional uses and special exceptions.
January 22, 2020
This Road is Paved with Good Intentions
For (nearly) every elected and appointed official, doing the right thing for their township and making it a better place to live and work is the driving force behind public service. Sometimes, though, it's easy to identify the "right thing"" but not necessarily the "right way to get it done" - and you know what they say about roads paved with good intentions.
January 29, 2020
Spotlight on Fiber Reinforced Chip Seal
Participants will gain an in-depth understanding of the benefits of Fiber Reinforced Chip Seal Type A and B, which are crack-preventing treatments for use on township roads. Corinne Chalovich with Russell Standard Corporation will review the impressive advantages that Fiber Reinforced Chip Seal provides for preserving pavement life, especially when used in conjunction with differing waring courses as a SAMI layer (Type B). This webinar is intended for township engineers, roadmasters, other public works staff, supervisors and managers/secretaries.
February 6, 2020
Creating an Affordable Retirement 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.
February 12, 2020
Simplifying the Complexities of Grant Writing
In this webinar, a municipal grant writer will speak about “lessons learned” from her years of helping communities strategically use grant funding to accomplish their priority projects. Hear suggestions on how to develop quality, well-planned projects that are attractive to funding agencies. Learn tips on how to craft your community’s story so that it can be translated into competitive grant applications. Get honest, firsthand insight into some of the most popular state grant funding programs used by municipalities.
February 19, 2020
Pitfalls of Limiting Public Forums and Public Comment
This webinar, presented by Samuel Wiser of Salzmann Hughes, will focus on the developing law concerning social media providing a public forum and how that may impact municipalities and elected officials. We will review recent court decisions as well as social media decisions coming out of the Office of Open Records. We will also explore how to deal with unruly members of the public or boards within the confines of the law.
February 26, 2020
Is Paving Fabric Worth It?
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
This webinar will help township officials and employees understand when it is best to engage a structural engineer, both in emergency situations and when addressing more routine code violations. The webinar will also help officials and employees understand the code violation process starting with the initial notice of violation, moving through structural inspections, and ending with, in some instances, demotion.
March 11, 2020
Hi-Lo: Effective Strategies for Fighting Blight
Learn about strategies for starting an anti-blight campaign, the struggles you may face, and the massive rewards for persisting. Andrew Holter of Strategic Municipal Group will also present case studies to show the highs and lows of fighting blight.
March 18, 2020
Justifying Your Actions - The Case for a Business Case
The business case is a tool that organizations often overlook or under-utilize when deciding where and how to spend resources and which projects to pursue. However, the business case is a critical tool that can be used to hone in on specific problems and help to inform the decision-making process. This webinar, presented by Amy Townson of Momentum Consulting, will highlight the importance and critical components of making a business case to assist when making key decisions for your township.
2019 BRC Grant Workshop
This video will guide the applicant through the grant process for the 2019 DCNR C2P2 Grant Portal.
LEMC Quarterly Meeting
Townships and boroughs please send your Local Emergency Management Coordinator to the LEMC Quarterly Meeting which will be held at the Clarion County Administration Building at 330 Main Street. The start time for all meetings is 6:00 PM and all elected officials are welcome to attend.
LEMC meeting dates for 2020
Wednesday February 12, 2020
Wednesday May 13, 2020
Wednesday August 12, 2020
Wednesday October 14, 2020
Under Pennsylvania's Emergency Management Service Code (Title 35); each individual township, borough, and city in the state; must have a Local Emergency Management Coordinator (LEMC).
These LEMCs, after recommendations from their Township Supervisors and/or Borough Councils, are appointed by the Governor of Pennsylvania and must meet certain training requirements within one year of their appointment.
The LEMC is responsible for the emergency management planning, administration, and operations for their township or borough; subject to the direction and control of the executive officer or governing body of said township or borough.
When a disaster strikes or an emergency occurs; the LEMCs along with their elected officials, are responsible for the public safety of their residents. By maintaining an Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) and Notification and Resource Manual (NARM), the LEMCs are able to prepare their township or borough for almost any type of incident that may occur. If the individual township or borough is overwhelmed by any disaster or emergency; the LEMC and the local elected officials make a Disaster Declaration; then the LEMC will work hand in hand with the Clarion County Emergency Management Agency.