PSATS Southcentral I 2022 Regional Forum - 8/31/22 - Lancaster

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..

* Handouts will be emailed to registrants the week of the event. No hard-copy handouts will be distributed at the forum.


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.

* Building Great Teams

Teams today are different from the teams of the past: they’re far more diverse, spread out, and dynamic (with frequent changes in membership). But while teams face new hurdles, their success still hinges on a core set of fundamentals for group collaboration. This session will be an interactive workshop that will have you questioning your previous perceptions of teamwork and embarking on a journey of discovery for priming teams of today for success.

Jim Carchidi, Chief Enthusiasm Officer, JFC Staffing Companies


10:25 a.m. - 11:25 a.m. (choose one)

* Employment Law Update for Municipal Employers

This program will provide an overview of recent and upcoming developments in employment law. Whether your township has one employee or one hundred, the program will cover what’s happening in the world of municipal employment, proactive strategies to plan for changes in the law, and recommendations for new policies and practices in 2023.  

Angela H. Sanders, Esquire, Post & Schell

* ABCs of Liquid Fuels Tax Funds

This session is designed to cover a range of topics relating to the Municipal Liquid Fuels Tax Funds program, including rules and regulations, allowable uses, reporting, common audit findings, and available resources.

Kristen Sims, Audit Manager, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation


11:35 a.m. - 12:35 p.m. (choose one)

* Community Engagement: Leveraging PR to Drive Action 

During this session, you will learn about how municipal leaders can better leverage public relations strategies to improve community engagement. We will outline examples and best practices to help you more effectively communicate with your residents, businesses, and the regional community. 

Jay Scott, Account Director – Public Relations, Gavin 

* Fair Market Value for 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


12:35 - 1:15 p.m.

* Lunch 


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

* Best Practices for Communicating Your Township’s Budget and Financial Condition

Not ready for this year’s budget season? Or looking for ways to more effectively communicate your township’s financial situation and future plans? In this session, an experienced township manager will provide insight and tips to help your township share its financial story in a smooth and easy manner.

DeeDee McGuire, Manager, West Lampeter Township, Lancaster County

* Electric Vehicle Charging Stations – Coming to a Township Near You?

In this session, you will learn about the operational and financial considerations associated with having electric vehicle charging stations in your township, whether at the township building, residential communities or commercial areas.

Scott Petri & Kevin Woznicki, ParkTrans


2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

* Solar Energy Ordinances - Notes from the Trenches

Andy and Cory have represented numerous utility-scale solar projects or “solar farms,” obtained zoning and land development approvals from townships across Pennsylvania, and assisted multiple municipal clients to prepare and adopt solar ordinances. They will give an overview of typical parts of a solar ordinance and provide their own insights on what is most important in those ordinances. They will discuss zoning and overlay districts, fencing, setbacks, screening, stormwater management, agrivoltaics, panels, noxious weeds, toxicity, glare, noise, property values, off-site transmission lines and battery storage. They will also share some of their “notes from the trenches” about what is working and not working in real life and touch on the status of the pending decommissioning and community solar legislation in Pennsylvania and how those bills may further change the landscape for solar development.

Andrew J. Miller, Esquire, & Cory Dillinger, Esquire, MPL Law Firm, LLP

* Zoning & New Land Uses

We will discuss all sorts of new land uses, such as event venues on agricultural properties (wineries, distilleries, wedding barns, etc.) and short-term rentals, and best practices for managing them through zoning and other regulation.

Joan E. London, Esquire, Kozloff Stoudt


3:30 – 4:00 p.m.

Q&A and Open Discussion



               August 31, 2022


                9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


                 Lancaster County
                 Eden Resort & Suites
                 222 Eden Road 
                 Lancaster, PA 17601

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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