PSATS' 2021 Annual Educational Conference and Exhibit Show
Below is the Workshops' title and description.
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Name Workshop Description:
Trenchless Pipe Rehabilitation - What Are My Options? Maintaining stormwater and sewer pipe infrastructure can be expensive. Trenchless pipe rehabilitation is an economical alternative to full replacement. During this workshop, the presenters will explore several options, including slip lining, cured in place pipe (CIPP), portland and geopolymer mortar spray lining, and invert repair with concrete or concrete cloth. Participants will break into groups to discuss the pros and cons of each technology and share) solutions.

Land Use & Zoning Law Update The workshop will provide a summary of current land use law in Pennsylvania and recent court decisions. The presenters will discuss the impacts on municipalities and planners and conduct a question-and-answer session.

Under Fire: Trends in Zoning and Validity Challenges Development pressures re-emerged in 2019 and were accompanied by an uptick in validity challenges from those wanting to shake free of land use restrictions. This session focuses on a Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision that has signaled a shift in thinking about validity challenges and their impact on local zoning ordinances. The trend highlights the need for township officials and planners to better understand the legal framework and processes behind these challenges.

Twp Gatherings and Special Events This session is designed to help township staff and officials understand the legal issues that need to be considered in planning and approving special events sponsored by the municipality and others. The presenters will review several topics, including public safety planning, First Amendment issues, and participant waivers.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Technical Assistance Programs If your township has problems with flooding and other water issues, attend this session to learn about the The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' technical assistance programs. The presenters will review available resources, including the Planning Assistance to States and the Floodplain Management Services Programs. These partnership-based initiatives offer, among other things, federal/nonfederal cost sharing and help developing technical products through comprehensive plans.

Trust the Process: Land Development and Best Practices This workshop will address hot topics in subdivision and land development with an emphasis on practical solutions to problem situations. The presenters will explore the relationship between the Municipalities Planning Code and local ordinances by focusing on processing land development applications, overseeing the development, handling dedication, and tackling stormwater management issues.

Using Checklists to Work Smarter Have you ever wished someone would hand you checklists to make your administrative life easier? This workshop is the answer to your prayers. Attendees will receive several sample checklists for such tasks as taking minutes, developing and implementing budgets, adopting ordinances and resolutions, following the Sunshine Law, reviewing land development applications, and other topics. You can use these checklists to assess and improve your own administrative procedures.

PennTIME: How Traffic Incident Management Can Keep Our Attend this session to learn about PennTIME -- The Pennsylvania Traffic Incident Management Enhancement program, which is focused on improving first-responder safety while keeping traffic moving. The presenters will talk about training, quick clearance, and the need for state agencies and municipalities to work together to keep workers, responders, and citizens safe.

Five Cardiac Township Events and the CPR to Address Them The life of a township official and administrator has its highs and lows. Certain events, however, will stop your heart. The presenter will cover several of those, including the loss of an employee, failure to file a critical form, a cyber attack, a natural disaster, and a EPA fine or administrative order. While it's impossible to anticipate every heart-stopping event, there are systems and processes that officials can implement to mitigate the impact. Those solutions will be analyzed and discussed.

Strategies for Fighting Blight & Winning During this session, you'll learn strategies for starting a blight-busting campaign. The presenter will also focus on the struggles you may face and the massive rewards for persisting. Case studies will be presented to show the highs and lows of fighting blight.

Understanding Your Community's Stormwater Obligations This program, designed specifically for newly elected township officials, will cover the basics of municipal stormwater management. Topics covered will be helpful to communities with and without municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s). And don't worry if you don't know what an MS4 will by the time you leave!

Workers' Compensation and Volunteer Fire Companies This session will focus on the unique workers' compensation coverage status of volunteer firefighters, including special fire police and junior firefighters. The presenters will also discuss the impact of the Presumption of Cancer Act (Act 46 of 2011) on the workers' compensation marketplace.

Vendor Oversight: Controls All Townships Must Implement Does your procurement process ensure only qualified vendors are hired? Will your vendors safely and securely handle the confidential data and information you provide them? Are you sure you're not giving favorable treatment to vendors who have relationships with township employees? Are you sure you haven't hired a fictitious vendor intent on committing fraud? This session will answer these questions and more to ensure your township has adequate vendor oversight.

Defending Against Claims of "Past Practice" “This is the way we’ve always done it” is a frequent excuse for employee misconduct and lack of productivity. This session will educate attendees on what is considered a "past practice" under labor contracts and provide step-by-step advice on how to handle employees who use it to thwart management objectives. Officials in nonunion workplaces will also benefit from this session. The presenters will offer them practical advice on implementing rule changes along with effective discipline strategies when “this is the way it’s always been” is used as an excuse for bad practices.

Employee Discipline: A Toolkit for Township Supervisors Attend this session to learn the rules of the road for public employee discipline and get practical advice on how to document and handle the disciplinary process.

The PUC and Your Municipality This session will focus on the far reach of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission and its impact on townships of all sizes. The presenter will discuss case studies and practical tips.

Real Estate Tax Collection in Pennsylvania This workshop will acquaint attendees with the Local Tax Collection Act of PA, pending legislation affecting local tax collectors and municipalities, and the relationships between municipalities and their tax collectors.

Creating Affordable Employee Retirement Plans Attend this session to learn about three pension plans offered through PSATS and how they can work together to help employees maximize their retirement savings. Representatives from Summit Financial Corp. will explain the features of each plan and discuss the various investment options available.

What is a Municipal Claim and Why Does This Matter? The Municipal Claims and Tax Liens Act (MCTLA) provides many benefits and protections for townships. This session will focus on those protections while providing township officials with the tools to identify claims that can be collected under the law.

Balancing Your Insurance Needs Through PSATS This session will provide information on the medical, life, short-term disability, dental, vision, and Medicare Advantage plans available through PSATS. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet representatives of our various insurance carriers and ask them questions.

Temporary Traffic Control Planning and Deployment Attend this session to learn techniques to properly plan and deploy work zones. The presenter will also be reviewing helpful publications and policies that will impact local work zone safety.

Addressing the Unaddressable Participants will learn the tips & tricks of assigning addresses to the seemingly unaddressable parcels--landlocked, vacant, those with no room in the numbering sequence, and the like.

Establish "Street Cred" with GPS Database Management Attend this session to learn how to submit corrections to the major databases that provide information to various GPS services. Using Google Earth, official township and county maps, and your insider knowledge as an addressing coordinator or emergency services Provider, you can ensure that GPS users are not led astray by incorrect information.

The ABCs of Liquid Fuels Tax Funds Designed to provide participants with information about the Liquid Fuels Tax Fund, this workshop will cover a range of topics, including the allocation methodology, allowable expenditures, and support available from PennDOT. The presenters will also share the top audit findings from 2019 and tips to avoid them. Plus, they will discuss resources that are available to help municipalities deal with LFF rules and regulations.

Keeping Your Township Out of Headlines: Tips to Avoid Fraud Be sure to send a representative to this session, which will provide techniques and practices to help local leaders avoid fraud in their municipality. Real-life township case studies will be discussed.

An Employee Shows Up With a Medical Marijuana Card.Now What? This session will explore the impact of medical marijuana legalization on employers and employees. The presenter will explore several issues from random and reasonable suspicion drug testing in an environment where seemingly everyone has a card (and hiring and retention are harder than ever) to reasonable accommodations and workplace safety issues.

Code Enforcement 101 The presenter will cover a range code enforcement issues during this interactive session. You'll be given ordinance review and update guidelines while learning simple enforcement steps from complaint to resolution, how to prepare for court, what "right to entry" is, and how to develop a good working relationship with your solicitor. Drone technology will also be discussed.

So Where Is The Ambulance? This session will focus on the future of ambulance service and why all levels of government need to be concerned. Topics will include the EMS business model, current funding mechanisms, and short- and long-term solutions.

Environmental Potpourri - A Regulatory Primer This primer on municipal environmental requirements will highlight recent regulatory and judicial developments in such areas as MS4 and stormwater management, Pennsylvania's Environmental Rights Amendment, clean water and Chesapeake Bay requirements, and waste management. Attendees will get practical advice on how to work with regulatory agencies and avoid compliance issues.

Residential Traffic Management in 2020 Residential traffic management issues continue to evolve. Approaches and tools adopted several decades ago are often insufficient to meet today's needs. This session will review lessons from 20-plus years of traffic calming, discuss key changes that affect how we approach traffic challenges, and consider new practices. (Note: The workshop presumes the audience is familiar with traffic calming and will include only a brief overview of specific measures.)

Municipal eNewsletters: Communicating with Your Audience Designed to provide townships with up-to-date information on digital newsletters, this workshop will cover a range of topics, including why townships should use "e-newsletters" to communicate with residents, how to create a newsletter that residents will read, topics that interest residents and visitors, and tips and tricks to boost your email subscription list.

Bridging Your Infrastructure Challenges From evaluating the condition of existing storm sewer systems and inspecting and maintaining short-span bridges to addressing aging roads and outdated pump stations, municipal infrastructure strains budgets and staff alike. This session will focus on processes and funding that address common challenges. The presenters will also examine elements of infrastructure management, including inventory and planning programs for bridges, road maintenance, and utility coordination.

Funding Municipal Stormwater Management in PA This session will explore the emergence of stormwater fees and how they are determined. Lessons and successes will be discussed as participants work through exercises that will help them develop fee programs. The presenters will also provide strategies to build constituent support.

PA 811 - Compliance Execution and New PUC Requirements Attend this session to learn about changes to Pennsylvania's One Call Law and the impact this has on your township's compliance responsibilities. The presenters will explain the Alleged Violation Report (AVR) process and the renotification response requirement for facility owners. They'll also discuss tools to enhance communication and collaboration.

Politicians and Residents Say the Darnedest Things - Part 2 During this session, the presenters will feature a series of vignettes based on the bizarre things residents and local government officials have said and done, most often at public meetings. They'll also discuss the best ways to handle these situations. You cannot make this stuff up, but you can learn from others' mistakes and how to better handle the unexpected in public life.

What Has Your Building Code Official Done for You Lately? This interactive session focuses on the crucial role of the township's building code official. These professionals are a critical part of the building process from reviewing projects to upholding safety standards.

Removing Barriers to Adaptive Reuse of Older Buildings Both zoning and building regulations can pose barriers to adaptive reuse of older buildings. This session will focus on those legislative barriers that are incompatible with your township's economic development goals and provide strategies for removing them.

Taking the Politics Out of Paving Evaluating and mapping your township's road system in GIS can help you develop a strategic plan that improves efficiency and reduces road maintenance costs. This workshop will use case studies to illustrate how to develop effective road programs with and without GIS. Both programs help townships better track road maintenance issues by identifying existing conditions, prioritizing needs, and determining costs for maintaining and repairing roads.

Stormwater BMP Inspection Is your township responsible for operating and maintaining stormwater best management practices (BMPs) or is it enforcing the operations and maintenance (O&M) of BMPs by private property owners? This workshop will provide the steps to help local officials develop an effective inspection program. Attendees will walk away with a clearer understanding of BMP types and components, how to develop inspection protocol and procedures, and how to get private property owners to comply with local regulations.

Crisis Management: Communicating in the (New) Real World Attend this workshop to learn communications best practices and top tips for planning for a crisis. The presenters will provide key insights and essential steps for developing a crisis communications plan that includes effective messaging with partners in various scenarios. You will also have an opportunity to have a Q&A with communications professionals who have managed national and local crisis situations for small and large clients.

Advancing Public Communication Through Website Design This session will provide an in-depth look at website design best practices that can help you better connect and communicate with the public.

Get the Dirt: Zoning, Subdivision & Land Development Basics The effects of land use ordinances are evident everywhere you look. They shape the feel and look of our communities. This workshop will provide a great foundation for anyone new to land use matters and reinforce the basic principles for those with more experience. Beginning with the history of zoning in the U.S., the presenters will guide attendees in making informed decisions whether they're enacting a zoning amendment or approving a land development plan.

Flexible Zoning, Subdivision & Land Development Solutions Developable land is disappearing. Meanwhile, infrastructure and buildings are aging to the point where they are inconsistent with the needs of today’s residents. The world is changing quickly, and it seems land use ordinances cannot be updated fast enough. As a result, it is necessary to employ zoning, subdivision, and land development strategies that are flexible, creative, and (at least for now) cutting edge. This workshop explains many of those strategies and how townships are employing them today.

Traffic and Parking: A Discussion with Traffic Engineers Townships are continually changing. They grow, and rural areas become congested with traffic from a new development or uses. They contract, and a once-filled, massive parking lot now is nearly empty. In either case, how we plan for traffic and parking is important. During this moderated discussion between traffic engineers representing two sides of the table, municipalities and developers, attendees will gain insight into how traffic planning occurs and what it all means.

Posting Local Roads for Infrastructure Preservation & Safety Safety- and weight-related postings are two tools available to help townships protect their roads when heavy hauling is occurring. Representatives from PennDOT will explain the differences between 4902(a) weight and 4902(b) safety postings and cover several related issues, including vehicle exemptions, weather-related restrictions, why bridge postings differ from road postings, and PennDOT policy updates.

Meet Pollutant Reduction Goals with Floodplain Restoration Attend this session to learn about floodplain restoration, a unique approach that townships can use to reach their PRP requirements. Backed by real data, the presenters will use case studies to illustrate how this cost-saving strategy can increase buildable land and provide multiple other benefits to land owners and municipalities.

How to Build - and Rebuild - Public Trust in Government During this session, the presenter will discuss the continuing decline of public trust in government and provide valuable strategies to help public officials build and rebuild that trust with their citizens.

Stormwater Compliance: What Your Municipality Needs to Know The workshop will cover a range of stormwater management topics, including MS4 permit requirements, case law that could impact your township's stormwater obligations, and the creation of stormwater authorities. The presenter will also thoroughly explore unique issues, including compliance with total maximum daily load (TMDL) and other Chesapeake Bay-related requirements.

Timber Harvesting Ordinances Update Municipalities are passing ordinances that "unreasonably" restrict timber harvesting and impinge on the rights of landowner. This session will focus on the ACRE law while helping local officials avoid some common mistakes.

Act 111 Interest Arbitration: The Mock Hearing Edition Municipalities no longer need to fear the Act 111 interest arbitration process when they can't reach an agreement at the collective bargaining table with their police and fire employees. For some, however, the topic remains shrouded in mystery. During this session, a mock Act 111 interest arbitration hearing will be held to help townships learn to effectively prepare and present their cases. Current trends in Act 111 arbitration will also be discussed.

Messaging in a Fragmented Media Age Messaging and working with the press, state lawmakers, and the public is a reality of public-sector life. Saying nothing is not a good option: It lets the "other side" tell your story. Attend this session to learn practical communication tips and best practices. The presenters will cover how and when to present your position and story and how to deal with crisis situations to protect your township's credibility and respect.

Employment and Labor Law 2020 Update This session will cover recent changes in employment and labor laws, regulations, and court decisions that townships need to know about. Among the issues to be covered are the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Affordable Care Act, collective bargaining, and employment discrimination and harassment.

Social Media Employment Disasters From the White House to the local police station, examples abound of good and bad social media use that has had an impact on the workplace. This session will address recent social media disasters and review valuable strategies for townships.

Investigating Harassment & Other Claims in the "Me Too" Era During this session, the presenters will help township officials navigate the ever-changing "harassment investigation" landscape. Attendees will learn about policies and procedures they should have, how to implement then, and who should handle your investigations. The presenters will provide sample policies and share their investigation experiences to protecting victims, employees, and the township while keeping cases out of the courts. While a serious subject, the presenters will include humor to keep everyone's attention and better make their point.

Local Economies and Quality of Life in the Age of E-Tail The popularity of online shopping is leading to retail closures and warehouse development. This new economy will have winners and losers, and it will transform the landscape of how communities look and function. Attend this session to learn how your community can adjust its land use policies and build infrastructure to sustain existing businesses, promote economic development, and maintain quality of life.

MS4 Mock Audits: How Does Your Program Stack Up? This session is designed to provide an overview of what you township could expect if its MS4 program is audited by the state Department of Environmental Protection and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The presenters will review the minimum control measures, record keeping techniques, and case studies based on previous mock audits.

Suburban Homestead: Best Practices and Management During this session, township officials will get some insight into residential agricultural land uses and how best to manage them. Uses include the keeping of bees and chickens, composting, and gardening. The panel will include bee and poultry experts to help attendees gain a greater of understanding of these practices while learning how they fit within residential zones and how to regulate/manage them.

Public and Private Partnerships Enhance Parks/Rec Programs Today's recreation customers want a diverse range of facilities and programming. Most communities, however, cannot meet these needs on their own so some are opting to form public and private partnerships to enhance programming. This workshop will provide examples of how communities are using partnerships to increase offerings, resources, and audiences. Attendees will also learn how to form effective partnerships of their own.

When to Call Your Solicitor: 5 Volunteer Fire Company Issues This session brings together a panel of solicitors, who will discuss five real-life legal issues with volunteer fire companies. The discussion will touch on the Right-to-Know Law, potential employment concerns, authorizing fire protection service, conflicts and ethics issues, and litigation.

Procurement Best Practices for Proven Results As townships strive for better pricing and greater bidder participation, fear of noncompliance and the nature of public bidding may yield disappointing results. However, applying some simple best practices can create conditions that attract more competent bidders and better pricing. Following the analysis of more than 9,500 bids, updated to reflect trends and issues over the past year, this session will offer valuable tips and tricks that produce real results when bidding projects.

Cable Franchising in the Wake of the FCC's 2019 Order This session explores and explains a landmark FCC cable franchising order that went into effect September 26, 2019. It represents the most dramatic change in cable franchise rules in the last 30 years. The order determined that all in-kind, noncapital cable company benefits to municipalities fall within the 5% franchise fee. This means that franchise fee payments could be reduced by the value of these benefits, including courtesy services, access channels, etc. This ruling will most likely impact all of Pennsylvania's townships.

PennDOT's Traffic Safety & Operations Funding Programs This session is designed to provide townships with up-to-date information on two PennDOT grant programs that improve traffic safety and operations: the Green Light-Go and the Automated Red Light Enforcement Funding Programs. The workshop will focus on how to apply for funding and develop a successful application. The panelists will also present case studies of completed projects that used this funding and explain the project delivery process.

Municipal Legal Update This workshop, featuring an interactive game show format, will focus on recent municipal cases, legislation, and developing legal matters to provide the audience with valuable information.

Making Your Community Safer for Pedestrians In 2017, pedestrian-related crashes represented only 3.2% of the total reported. Those accidents, however, accounted for 13.2% of all traffic crash fatalities. Many of these incidents occurred at intersections and mid-block crossings. Attend this session to learn about a variety of infrastructure countermeasures that have been effective in keeping pedestrians safer.

Legislative Roundup for Township Officials Attend this session to learn about new state legislation impacting townships. This is also the perfect opportunity to find out what issues will be "hot" during the rest of the legislative session.

Fire and EMS Issues in Your Township: A Panel Discussion It's no secret that many townships are struggling to provide adequate fire and EMS services. Attend this session to hear from and question a panel of fire and EMS leaders about trends, best practices, and other public safety issues. Topics will include leadership, funding, volunteerism, consolidation, and much more.

Managers Roundtable Managers from throughout the state are encouraged to attend this informal, moderated workshop to discuss and exchange ideas about various issues important to their townships and role as managers.

Secretaries and Managers Q&A

This annual presentation gives township secretaries, managers and other administrators a chance to ask questions and share ideas with their peers. Attend this workshop to learn more about your critical role in your township.

E-Scooters, Mopeds, and E-Bikes: Micromobility Rising This session will give you an overview of the micromobility tools that are growing in popularity (electric scooters, mopeds, electric bicycles, and hoverboards). A data-rich presentation will focus on a set of case studies relating to municipalities and how they used policies, permitting, infrastructure, and enforcement solutions to ensure a rational integration of micromobility into their municipality's transportation ecosystem.

FB Dense Graded Cold Applications and Their Benefits The presentation will examine FB Dense graded cold mix properties and their design criteria. This work is construction of a binder or wearing courses of mobile plant mix bituminous concrete, outlined in PennDOT Pub. 447 (Approved Products for Lower Volume Local Roads).

Right-to-Know Law Q&A This session focuses on significant Right-to-Know Law decisions made in the last year by the courts and the Pennsylvania Office of Open Records. Attendees will also learn about legislative changes and their impact on townships, their procedures, and their public record determinations. In addition, the presenters will explore third-party rights in Right-to-Know requests and appeals.

Opportunities and Challenges for Recreation and Parks Join DCNR and the Pennsylvania Recreation & Park Society for a discussion on the issues and challenges that exist for many townships when managing their parks and rec programs and facilities. These seasoned professionals will provide guidance to help townships overcome barriers and deliver the best services and facilities. They will also provide the latest information on support programs, such as RecTAP, Peer-to-Peer, and the Small Community Grant Program. Come ready to learn and re-energize your township’s parks and rec opportunities.