PSATS Southwest 2021 Regional Forum - 8/24/21 - Canonsburg

Come join peers from throughout your region to learn about and discuss a variety of township-related topics. This educational event will be the perfect opportunity to hear from experts on the local issues that matter to you and your municipality.
Qualifies for 5 PMGA Points.


Welcome and Introductions

9:45 - 10:45 a.m. (Choice of two)

Utility-Scale Solar Development in Pennsylvania
As solar projects continue to pop up in the region and across Pennsylva­nia, it is important for township officials and employees to be prepared to address development applications. In this session, we will explore many of the questions that local officials and employees have about this new land use, including such things as siting, safety, decommissioning, eco­nomic benefits, costs, and more.
Robert Young, Energy Program Specialist, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection

2021 Municipal Legal and Legislative Update
This presentation will focus on court decisions handed down and legis­lation enacted or proposed over the past several months that will have an impact on municipalities. These will range from updates to the Right-to-Know Law to zoning, land use, and more.
Max Junker, Esquire & Anna Skipper Jewart, Esquire, Babst Calland

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (Choice of two)

How to Use Your Solicitor Effectively and Efficiently
This session will highlight real-life experiences and ideas that the pre­senters have implemented with their municipal clients and leave you with practical advice that you can implement to maximize your munici­pality’s legal budget.
Alyssa E. Golfieri, Esquire and Jennifer L. Malik, Esquire, Babst Calland

Police Personnel Management:  Navigating the Rules of Acts 57 and 59
Acts 57 and 59 of 2020 have added new requirements for municipal po­lice personnel management regarding background checks for prospec­tive police candidates (Act 57) and mental health evaluations for officers in certain circumstances (Act 59). What are the acts’ recordkeeping and reporting requirements? How do these laws interact with current police personnel management practices? What impact, if any, do they have on other statutory and collective bargaining rights that police officers have? This presentation will review the laws’ requirements and the implement­ing regulations from the Municipal Police Officer Education and Training Commission with an eye towards developing effective policies and practices to assist your township with its compliance obligations.
Paul Lalley, Esquire, Campbell Durrant, P.C.

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.          Lunch — Sponsored by Russell Standard Corporation

1:00 - 2:00 p.m. (Choice of two) 

Recent Trends in Municipal Health, Safety and Welfare Legislation
In this session, learn the latest on a wide variety of “health, safety, and welfare” topics, including sign ordinances, agritourism issues, plastic bans, and noise ordinances. The presenters will provide key information on what your township can – and cannot – do using their authority to protect the health, safety, and welfare of their residents.
Alan T. Shuckrow, Esquire & Gretchen E. Moore, Esquire, Strassburger McKenna Gutnick & Gefsky

Getting AHEAD of the Curve with Pavement Preservation
This session will explore all the essentials to ensure that your pavement preservation projects are a success. We will focus on accurate chip seal and FiberMat® site selection, site prep, lab testing, and choosing the correct aggregate and emulsion. We will also review quality assur­ance, bid writing, and shifting public perception for various pavement maintenance treatments. During the workshop, participants will investi­gate several case studies in chip seal failures and will be provided with resources to avoid assumptions, identify issues, and solve and treat problems. We will also navigate the new online tools available through
Corinne Chalovich, Sales Manager, Russell Standard Corporation

2:15 - 3:15 p.m. (Choice of two)

Broadband, Wireless and American Rescue Plan Recovery Funds
This session will address the latest developments in the two “hottest” areas of telecommunications: regulation of “small cell” facilities used for 5G wireless service and new efforts to expand broadband access in commu­nities. With respect to wireless regulation, we will address the legal rights of municipalities to manage wireless facilities in their rights of way, including recent regulations of the FCC and a new Pennsylvania wireless regulation statute. On the broadband front, we will discuss how new federal funding to local governments (primarily through the American Rescue Plan Act) can be used to expand access to high-speed broadband and the specific steps we recommend to municipal officials to achieve this goal. This ses­sion will be presented by attorneys from the Cohen Law Group, located in Pittsburgh.
Dan Cohen, Esquire, Cohen Law Group

Our Board is Divided - What Now?
Occasionally a township board will be politically or philosophically divid­ed to the point that it makes it very difficult to operate. In this session, we will discuss a variety of common “divided board” issues, including filling vacancies on the board of supervisors, what to do when a super­visor abstains from voting to avoid controversial issues, the role of the chair in bringing order to the meeting, and the rights of supervisors to address topics that are not on the agenda.
Kate M. Diersen, Esquire, & Emily Mueller, Esquire, GRB Law

3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

The Evolution of Leadership
Today, there are an unprecedented four generational groups coexisting in the workplace. This demographic diversity poses a challenge for employers in terms of creating and managing harmonious workplaces, where each generation’s unique values and office expectations mesh. The newest group to enter the workforce, Generation Y, poses a partic­ular challenge for organizations. Generation Y is not only different from past generations but also misconstrued in many ways. This talk exam­ines the current multigenerational workforce, focusing specifically on Generation Y. In doing so, we will debunk many of the myths associated with this demographic and explain how all generations can be a tremen­dous workplace asset. Incorporating the ideas generated from this talk will not only benefit retention within your organization but also create a more satisfied workforce across the board.
Albert Cuiksza, Jr., Vice President of Growth and Development, Solutions 21


               August 24, 2021


                9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


                Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh/Southpointe
                1000 Corporate Drive
                Canonsburg, PA 15317

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).

image     ·      Local Host Sponsor - GRB Law
image     ·      Local Host Sponsor - Geostabilization International

Russell Standard





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.