PSATS Northeast 2022 Regional Forum - 9/22/22 - Tannersville

PSATS’ Regional Forums are back! This series of full-day educational sessions is scheduled for multiple locations statewide. Learn more about issues that matter to your community, discuss common interests with other local leaders, earn PMGA and other professional credits, and attend specialized workshops designed for township officials. This educational event will be the perfect opportunity to hear from experts on the local issues that matter to you and your municipality.


9:00 – 9:15 a.m.

Welcome and Introductions

David M. Sanko, Executive Director, PSATS, and Scott E. Coburn, Esquire, Counsel & Director of Education, PSATS


9:15 - 10:15 a.m. (choose one)

* Local Regulation of Grid-Scale Solar Projects

Many townships are experiencing an increase in permit applications from solar project developers. This session will share insights from research conducted by Penn State about solar projects at the local level while focusing on common elements in solar zoning ordinances and communication strategies for community discussion of solar projects.

Tom Murphy, Director, Penn State Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research


* Successful Municipal Purchasing: Insider Tips from an Equipment Dealer

This session will break down the keys to a successful municipal purchasing strategy. Matt Coar will draw upon his experience as a municipal equipment salesman to help municipalities optimize their purchasing process and get them the equipment that they need in a timely and cost-effective fashion.

Matt Coar, Marshall Machinery, Inc.


10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. (choose one)

* Right-to-Know Law Update

This session will review new developments and cases that impact the administration of the Right-to-Know Law, discuss common problem issues, such as specificity, requests for information from databases, and preparing affidavits, and provide tips and best practices to allow you to respond to requests more effectively.

Nathan Byerly, Deputy Director, Pennsylvania Office of Open Records


* Fair Market Value for Township Water & Wastewater Assets

Many municipalities and authorities around the state are considering the prospect of selling their water and wastewater assets to companies or other authorities. Many others have already sold their assets, while still others have chosen to retain ownership. In this session, learn about how municipalities can use the voluntary Fair Market Value process established in Act 12 of 2016 to determine the value of their system assets so that they can make informed decisions on behalf of their residents.

E. Christopher Abruzzo, Esquire, Senior Director, Business Development, and Keith Gabage, Senior Manager, Business Development, Pennsylvania American Water Company


11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (choose one)

* Five Policies Every Township Should Have

In this fast-paced session, we will review several key policies that every township should have in place to better protect itself and position its staff to achieve the township’s goals.

Scott E. Coburn, Esquire, Counsel & Director of Education, PSATS


* Introduction to Pavement Preservation

This session will provide an overview of pavement preservation and the many benefits it can add to your township road networks. Pavement preservation employs a long-term strategy that enhances pavement performance. By using an integrated, cost-effective set of processes, you can extend pavement life, improve safety, and better manage your network. We will touch on each of the preservation processes that include Crackseal, Hot Pour Mastic, Seal Coat and Microsurfacing.

Austin Slater, Regional Sales Representative, & Wally Percy, Operations Manager, Asphalt Paving Systems


12:30 - 1:15 p.m.

* Lunch


1:15 - 2:15 p.m. (choose one)

* Scanning & Document Management for Your Township

This session will provide an overview of digital transformation, including the benefits of going digital, document conversion best practices, document management software, records management and retention policies, and Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission guidelines for electronic records. Attendees will gain an understanding of how to prepare for a successful digital migration project, including planning, scope, budgeting, timelines, and day-forward procedures.

Anthony Hornicek, Director of Business Development – Government Solutions, Scantek, Inc.


* Code Enforcement Tips: From Start to Finish

Ensuring proper enforcement of municipal codes while still maintaining good relations with residents is a constant challenge for municipalities. This session aims to provide more tools to make the enforcement process easier. We will cover everything from establishing appropriate and enforceable standards, managing complaints, crafting enforcement notices, and making sure that you have done everything you need in the event you need to pursue legal action.

Shawn F. McGlynn, BCO, ICC, CZO, PENNBOC, BOABC, SFM Consulting LLC


2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

* Best Practices for Managing Short-Term Rentals in Your Community

The use of short-term rentals continues to explode around Pennsylvania and the United States. Such rentals can bring the benefit of economic development and tourism dollars to your community but also challenges and complaints if not regulated in an appropriate manner. In this webinar, the presenter will review the current state of short-term rentals in Pennsylvania and provide best practices for how to regulate them.

Judith Acosta, Municipal Zoning Officer, SFM Consulting LLC


3:30 – 4:00 p.m.

Q&A and Open Discussion



               September 22, 2022


                9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

                Monroe County
                Camelback Resort
                301 Resort Drive
                Tannersville, PA  18372

Registration Fee:

                Member* -  $ 99.00

                Non-Member –  $149.00


             *PSATS Member = Registrant has paid current annual membership dues to PSATS or one of its professional associations (e.g., Township Emergency Management Association, Township Engineers Association, Township Planners Association, Township Solicitors Association, or the Pa. Assoc. of Zoning Officials).


Cancellations must be in writing, and can be sent to us by email to; by fax to (717) 763-9732; or by mail to PSATS Education Program, 4855 Woodland Drive, Enola, PA, 17025. Refunds will be determined by the sent date of the notice.
Refunds for cancelling a webinar at any time will be subject to a $10 processing fee. 
For classes, (in-person and virtual), refunds for a cancellation sent to us between 10 and 2 business days before the class you are registered for will be subject to a $20 processing fee. Those who cancel within two business days of the class you are registered for, or do not attend, forfeit the full registration fee which, if unpaid, will be invoiced.


If you require alternate format, sign language, or have other needs, please contact PSATS directly (717) 763-0930, x-159.

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