PSATS' Regional Forum - Bedford County - (Virtual) - 8/27/20

In the PSATS (Virtual) Regional Forum – Bedford, learn from experts on a wide variety of topics from the comfort of your office or home. Among the topics to be covered include fire service challenges, best practices for maintaining dirt and gravel roads, how to stretch your township public works budget, post-COVID emergency management Q&A, the Right-to-Know Law, and construction code challenges.

You will also have an opportunity to interact and network with colleagues around the region.


9:30-10:30 a.m.

 Pennsylvania Fire Service Challenges: 2020 and Beyond

The volunteer fire service is critical to the public safety of Pennsylvania, and the most successful township-based systems promote cooperation between the township and the volunteer fire company. In this session, Jerry Ozog will share new information from the 2019 Fire Chiefs Survey conducted by the Center for Rural Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Fire & Emergency Services Institute. In addition, attendees will learn about best practices for developing positive relationships with volunteer fire companies, basic performance measures, examples of successful systems, and why strategic planning for the fire service is critical.

 Jerry Ozog, Pennsylvania Fire & Emergency Services Institute

10:45-11:45 a.m.

 How Flex Base Paving and Can Stretch Your Township Dollars

The COVID-19 pandemic interrupted or prevented a lot of municipal road projects this spring and summer. In this session, learn about how to use flex base paving and as cost-effective tools to get your roads into better shape this fall.

 Corinne Chalovich, Senior Sales and Technical Support Manager, Russell Standard Corporation


12:30-1:15 p.m.

 Tips and Tricks for Handling Property Maintenance Problems

In this session, Clem Malot with the Pennsylvania Municipal Code Alliance will discuss a wide range of common property maintenance problems and provide best practices for how your township can better position itself to avoid them in the first place and respond to them when the complaints start coming.

 R. Clem Malot, Pennsylvania Municipal Code Alliance


1:30-2:15 p.m.

 Managing Junk-Filled Properties

Does the old adage “one man’s junk is another man’s treasure” hold true for municipal leaders struggling to address problems associated with junk-filled properties, including unsightliness and pest control? In this session, learn ways to use the Second Class Township Code, nuisance ordinances, junkyard ordinances, and land development requirements under your township’s subdivision and land development ordinance to better control these problems.

 Bradley D. Allison, Esquire, Allison & Rickards


2:15-2:30 p.m.

 Navigating the Municipal Loan Process

Many townships struggle working through the process of obtaining loans for small capital improvements and other important municipal needs. Given the challenges associated with COVID-19 and decreasing municipal revenues, it will be more and more likely that some townships will have to seek loans for certain matters. In this session, learn the basics of municipal loans and what banks look for when assisting municipal clients with their loan needs.

Bill Wise, Vice President & Commercial Loan Officer, Somerset Trust Company


2:45-3:45 p.m.

Right-to-Know Law Update

Get up to speed with the Right-to-Know Law, from the types of requests that are trending right now to the “old reliables,” such as requests for home address information, employee salaries, and much more. Learn practical advice for how to make the process of responding to RTKL requests less daunting for your township and open records officer.

 George Spiess, Chief of Outreach and Training, Open Records Officer, Pennsylvania Office of Open Records


3:45-4:00 p.m.

 Q&A and Open Forum


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               August 27, 2020


                9:30 am - 4:00 pm


Registration Fee:

                Member* -  $ 75.00

                Non-Member –  $ 125.00


             *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. 


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