News Archive

PSATS Wants YOU to Be a Part of the Association’s 2018 Calendar!

Monday July 10th, 2017

PSATS’ 2017 calendar was such a hit that we’re doing it again! Here's your chance to show off your township by sending us photos to illustrate the calendar pages.



What kind of photos are we looking for? Here are some ideas:

• Road crews/public works departments in action (paving, ditching, mowing, plowing, salting, collecting leaves, etc.)

• Parks and recreation (people enjoying township parks, summer camps, games and sports, etc.)

• Community events, fairs, or festivals

• Township attractions, historic landmarks, or scenic views

• Litter/roadside cleanups or beautification projects

Note: Please include people in the photos wherever possible.



• To reproduce well in print, photos must have a resolution of at least 300 dpi at a size of 4 inches x 6 inches.

• Please email photos as jpeg attachments to by August 16, 2017.

• Make sure to provide your name and position, township and county, and a daytime phone number.


SNAP some pics,

SEND ’em to PSATS, and

SEE your township in the 2018 calendar!

Deadline for Boating Infrastructure Grants Is Approaching

Monday July 10th, 2017
Townships that have public boating facilities are eligible for grants from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission to develop and maintain transient tie-ups. The deadline is August 15.
The grants are for facilities that accommodate 26-foot and longer recreational motorboats that moor for 10 days or less. Eligible projects include the construction, renovation, and maintenance of transient slips, day docks, floating docks, and fixed piers. The grants also cover navigational aids and dockside utilities, such as electric, water, and pumpout stations.
Townships must provide a 25 percent match, which may include in-kind donations.
Applicants must:
1) Ensure that the facilities are useable for at least 20 years.
2) Build the facilities on waters that are accessible to the public and deep enough to navigate.
3) Install navigational aids to allow safe passage between the tie-up facility and the open water.
4) Maintain the facilities, cooperate with audits, and follow all applicable laws and regulations.
For more information or to apply, contact the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission at (717) 346-8196 or click here. Townships may also email Scott Bollinger at

Grants Help Townships Increase Tree Cover

Monday July 10th, 2017
Townships that want to increase the tree cover in their community can apply for grants from the TreeVitalize Program, administered by TreePennsylvania, the commonwealth’s Urban and Community Forestry Council.
TreeVitalize planting grants are available for projects with a strong volunteer base. Funding is available for tree planting, community forest management, and urban riparian buffers.
Interested townships should begin by contacting their local DCNR or Extension forester, who can provide necessary guidance about grant opportunities, as well as native species and sustainable projects.
Applications must be submitted by email or postal mail by August 15.
For more information and a grant application, click here.Townships may also contact Jessica Cavey, development and grants coordinator, at (717) 599-8650 or

Join in National Night Out on August 1 to Help Fight Crime

Tuesday May 30th, 2017

Townships are encouraged to plan community activities to observe the National Asso­ciation of Town Watch’s 34th Annual National Night Out on Tuesday, August 1.

In addition to the traditional vigil of turning on porch lights, many communities also sponsor block parties, cookouts, parades, police visits and demonstrations, neighborhood flashlight walks, safety fairs, contests, rallies, and youth programs and activities.

Townships that are interested in sponsoring National Night Out events should register with the National Association of Town Watch to receive a free planning kit, including sample news releases, artwork, and a promotional guide.

To register, call the association toll-free at (800) NITE-OUT (648-3688) or go to and click on the link for registration.

Prepare Now for Winter Road Service Agreements

Tuesday May 30th, 2017

Townships that want to renew or establish winter road service agreements with the state Department of Transportation should notify their Penn­DOT district maintenance office now. For agreement renewals, the cutoff date for a municipality to legally withdraw in writing is July 31 unless otherwise specified in an existing agreement.

Under these agreements, which can have terms of up to five years, PennDOT pays municipalities an upfront annual lump sum to remove snow and ice from state roads from October 15 to April 30. PennDOT pays a winter severity adjustment at the end of the season, depending on how the winter relates to PennDOT’s five-year average historic cost.

PennDOT must approve all contracts before winter maintenance begins.    

To determine if PennDOT’s reimbursement rate will cover expenses, townships should look at the costs of purchasing salt, anti-skid materials, and other supplies and providing equipment maintenance, labor, and overhead.

Townships should also consider the legal ramifications of entering into such an agreement and review these contracts with their solicitor.

Ten percent of state roads are maintained through service agreements with townships and other municipalities.

For more information, including other agreement mechanisms and options, call your PennDOT district maintenance office. 

Learn Safe Excavation Techniques at Free Event

Thursday May 11th, 2017

Township officials and employees are invited to the remaining Pennsylvania 811 Safety Day, which will be held September 14 at the Monroeville Convention Center, Monroeville, Allegheny County.

This free event, which includes safety demonstrations, exhibits by vendors and construction experts, and door prizes, is a great opportunity to learn safe excavation techniques and about the PA One Call System.

Click here to register and for more information.