News Archive

Requests for FHWA Form 536 by Sept. 30

Friday August 17th, 2018

The state Department of Transportation is again requesting that the Federal Highway Administration Form 536 report on local government expenditures and revenues be completed because it is not able to compile this information from other sources. Failure to submit this form could impact Pennsylvania's share of federal transportation funds. While it is not required, PSATS recommends that members complete this form by September 30.

Click here for a copy of the form.

For your convenience, PennDOT put together a powerpoint presentation containing detailed instructions to assist in the completion of the form.
Click here to access the presentation.

If you have any additional questions or concerns regarding the FHWA Form 536, please contact Kristen Sims, PennDOT audit manager, at or (717) 214-6161 and provide your township and county.

Got a Great Township? Enter KPB's Community Improvement Recognition Awards

Tuesday August 7th, 2018
If your township takes pride in its appearance, why not think about entering Keep America Beautiful’s 2018 Community Improvement Recognition Awards competition? The deadline is October 1.
The annual awards recognize local governments and other groups for their work in:
• beautification and community greening, including graffiti abatement, gateway beautification, flower and tree planting, community gardens, and cleanups;
• litter prevention and community revitalization, including Great American Cleanup activities, adopt-a-highway programs, and litter hotlines;
• recycling and waste reduction, including composting, recycling centers or programs, recyclable collections, and illegal-dump hotlines; and 
• environmental education.
Winners will be recognized at the Keep America Beautiful 2019 Annual National Conference in Baltimore, Md., February 6-8.
All entries must be submitted online. For more information, email Lauren Conte.

Apply for Recycling Performance Grants by September 28

Wednesday August 1st, 2018
Townships have until September 28 to apply for recycling performance grants from the state Department of Environ­mental Protection under Section 904 of the Municipal Waste Planning, Recycling, and Waste Reduction Act. Reimbursement is available for eligible materials recycled and marketed in 2017.
Grants are awarded to municipalities based on their population and the weight of source-separated recyclable materials they have collected.
Eligible recyclables include clear and colored glass; steel, aluminum, and bimetallic cans; high-grade office and other marketable grades of paper; newsprint; corrugated cardboard; and plastics. 
Download a copy of the grant application. Applications must be postmarked by September 28 and mailed to the Bureau of Waste Management, P.O. Box 8472, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8472 or delivered to the 14th floor of the Rachel Carson State Office Building at 400 Market St., Harrisburg, by 4 p.m. on that date. 
For more information, email Mark Vottero of the Bureau of Waste Management or call him at (717) 787-7382.

Get Financial Help for Environmental Education Programs

Wednesday August 1st, 2018
Does your township have an environmental program that provides education for young people? If so, you might want to consider applying for a GreenWorks grant from Project Learning Tree (PLT).
Grants of up to $1,000 are available for service-learning projects that improve the environment or restore natural habitats. The deadline for applications is September 30, and funding will be distributed in December.
Funding will support such activities as planting community gardens, starting composting and recycling programs, and restoring or improving native habitats. Here are the eligibility criteria:
• Projects must be completed in one year.
• Applicants must have attended a Project Learning Tree workshop, either online or in person.
• The proposed project must involve service learning, exemplify student leadership and cooperation, and involve at least one community partner.
• The project must secure at least 50 percent in matching funds or in-kind support.
For more information, email James McGirt or call (202) 265-3531.

Learn About Safe Excavation at Free Event

Wednesday August 1st, 2018
Public works employees are invited to learn about safe excavation techniques at the free 2018 PA Safety Day Conference held by Pennsylvania One Call September 20 at the Pittsburgh International Airport in Moon Township, Allegheny County.
At PA Safety Days, held in various locations throughout Pennsylvania, educational sessions and demonstrations promote safe digging and the protection of critical underground infrastructure. The event also includes indoor and outdoor exhibits and networking events.
The conference will feature keynote speaker Bill Kiger, president and chief executive officer for the Pennsylvania One Call System, Inc., who will address changes in the law and what they mean to all stakeholders. 
Learn more about PA Safety Days and register for the conference.

Fish & Boat Commission Announces Two Grant Programs

Tuesday July 10th, 2018
The Pa. Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) is accepting proposals from interested parties seeking funding under two grant programs.
The Boating Infrastructure Grant Program (BIG) is a federal program administered in Pennsylvania by the PFBC in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Interior's Fish and Wildlife Service. This program provides grants for transient moorage (tie-ups) serving recreational motor boats 26 feet and longer. Applications are due July 31.
Eligible applicants include public and private operators of open-to-the-public boating facilities: municipal agencies (cities, towns, counties, etc.), state agencies (state parks, DCNR, Fish & Wildlife, etc.), and other government entities. 
Boating infrastructure refers to features that provide stopover places for transient non-trailerable recreational vessels to tie up. These features include transient slips, day docks, floating docks and fixed piers, navigational aids, and dockside utilities including electric, water, and pumpout stations. Eligible activities include the construction, renovation, and maintenance of these facilities.
The grant program will reimburse recipients for up to 75 percent of the costs for project design and engineering, development, expansion, and major rehabilitation. Grant funds will be disbursed to the recipient only after the project sponsor certifies expenditures have been made. 
Successful applicants must agree to provide a minimum 25 percent grant match and be willing to enter into a long-term agreement to keep the facility open to the public for its useful life.
For more information, visit the Boating Infrastructure Grant Program web page or contact the BIG coordinator at (717) 346-8196.
The Clean Vessel Act Program is a federal program administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) that funds the construction, renovation, operation, and maintenance of pump-out stations and waste reception facilities for recreational boats. Applications are due September 30.
The PFBC is the only entity in Pennsylvania eligible to apply to the USFWS for funding under the CVA program and is looking for interested partners to use these funds. 
Funds are available to both public and private entities, including local governments, that own and operate boating facilities. The pumpout station must be open to the general boating public. Reimbursements occur only after final inspection and approval of the project by PFBC staff.
Grants will reimburse recipients for up to 75 percent of the installation cost of pumpout and dump stations, including the cost of new equipment, or the renovation or upgrading of existing equipment, as well as necessary pumps, piping, fitting, lift stations, on-site holding tanks, pier or dock modifications, signs, permits, and other equipment needed for a complete and efficient station. 
Grant recipients must provide a minimum 25 percent grant match and guarantee to keep the facility operated, maintained, and accessible to the public for the full useful life of the station.
For more information, visit the Clean Vessel Act Grant Program web page or call the CVA coordinator at (717) 346-8196.