PSATS Southeast 2022 Regional Forum - 10/6/22 - Plymouth Meeting

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)

* 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

* Preparing for a DEP MS4 Inspection

In this session, the presenters will share the experience that one municipality in the region recently had when DEP inspected the municipality’s MS4 program. They will also provide tips so that you can be better prepared if and when DEP shows up at your municipal building.

Beth Uhler, Project Manager, CEDARVILLE Engineering Group, and Jon Altshul, Manager, Westtown Township, Chester County

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

* Stranger Things: The Case for a 4-Day, 36-Hour Workweek

As the issues faced by municipalities become more complex and time-consuming and as the general job market becomes increasingly challenging and competitive, municipalities have to be more creative to make themselves attractive to potential candidates. In this session, learn about how one township researched the pros and cons associated with a shorter workweek and how implementation of its new policy has worked.

Jamie Gwynn, Manager, New Hanover Township, Montgomery County

* Operational and Financial Considerations for Electric Vehicles

This session will feature a panel discussion regarding the operational and financial issues that municipalities must consider with respect to the use of electric vehicles within their borders, including zoning considerations, methods to encourage placement of charging stations, and choosing providers for EV charging stations for municipal and public use.

Scott Petri, Principal, ParkTrans Solutions, LLC, and Kevin Woznicki, Principal, ParkTrans Solutions, LLC

11:35 a.m. - 12:35 p.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

* Zoning Trends 2022-2023

Join Michael Crotty and Eric Brown to discuss old, new and emerging zoning uses. The discussion will touch on short term rentals, shooting ranges, wedding barns/event venues, warehouse distribution facilities, and residential accessory animals. Apart from highlighting recent caselaw or legislation affecting these uses, the goal in each case study is to evaluate the challenges that each use presents from a zoning perspective, common neighbor complaints/concerns, and best practices for managing them through the zoning and permitting process.

Michael G. Crotty, Esquire, and Eric Brown, Esquire, Siana Law

12:35 - 1:15 p.m.      * Lunch

1:15 - 2:15 p.m.

The Top Misconceptions in Public Sector Labor and Employment Law 

Many misconceptions and pitfalls exist in the public sector labor law arena. Although these might initially “sound right,” they can potentially result in economic, operational and strategic loss to public employers. During this session, experienced labor lawyers will explore some of the common misconceptions that townships encounter, discuss how following the misconceptions can negatively impact them, and identify the best practices to address them. This engaging session will be a great resource for townships that want to learn to spot and avoid common pitfalls.  

Ryan J. Cassidy, Esquire, and Scott Blissman, Esquire, Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott 

2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

* 20 Ways to Improve Your Public Meetings

It's time for your monthly meeting, and you couldn't be more excited! Well, maybe not...which is understandable because public meetings can sometimes get difficult. If you grow a little anxious as meeting day approaches, this session is for you. Learn how to build a better meeting structure, prepare better meeting materials, improve communications with residents, and more!

Tommy Ryan, Manager, Worcester Township, Montgomery County


3:30 – 4:00 p.m.

Q&A and Open Discussion



               October 6, 2022


                9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

                Montgomery County
                Doubletree by Hilton Plymouth Meeting
                640 Fountain Road
                Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462

Registration Fee:

                Member* -  $ 99.00

                Non-Member –  $149.00

                CLE Credits - $ 45.00


             *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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