News Archive


Enter Sustainable Snowfighting Contest by June 1

Monday March 30th, 2015

Townships that responsibly store and use salt to de-ice their roads are encouraged to enter the Safe and Sustainable Snowfighting Award contest sponsored by the Salt Institute.

The award is presented to government agencies that have demonstrated best practices in sustainable salt storage and snowfighting. Entries must be received by June 1.

The contest encourages the construction of sound salt storage facilities, as well as practices that minimize environmental hazards and promote worker safety and snowfighting techniques.

Winning entrants will receive a certificate and be recognized in a Salt Institute news release.   

For more information or an entry form, contact Laura Elliott at (703) 549-4648 or laura@saltinstitute.org. Townships may also download an entry form here or learn more at www.saltinstitute.org.



Apply for FEMA Fire Prevention & Safety Grants By April 17

Friday March 20th, 2015

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is accepting applications for its Fire Prevention and Safety Grants until April 17, 2015.

The objective of the program is to award grants directly to eligible applicants carry out fire prevention and education, fire code enforcement, fire and arson investigation, and firefighter safety and health programming and prevention efforts.

Click here for more information.



March TVN Looks at PA's Proposed Budget and Its Impact on Townships

Tuesday March 17th, 2015

Don't miss the March edition of PSATS' Township Video News! Our latest monthly digital newsletter is now available for viewing and features:

  • a look at the 2015-2016 state budget and what’s in it for townships;
  • news about PSATS' new conference app, which will help attendees stay connected and organized while in Hershey; and
  • a message from PSATS Executive Director Dave Sanko about budgets, taxes, and the natural gas drilling impact fee.

Click here for this edition.

While TVN is a great resource for township officials, it includes information that’s valuable and educational for residents, too, so if you're a township official, please consider sharing the program with them. Some townships, for instance, air TVN during their monthly public meetings. Others feature the program on their websites and public access channels.

Townships that want to provide feedback, make suggestions for future episodes, or post a link to TVN on their own websites should contact Jill Ercolino, PSATS assistant director of communications and TVN’s producer, at jercolino@psats.org or (717) 763-0930.

Please note that TVN features a “chapter” format, which allows you to watch the broadcast by segment or in its entirety.



Clean Up Your Community During 'Pick It Up PA' Days

Thursday March 5th, 2015

Keeping a community trash-free is a good way to show local pride and make your township attractive. And while that task requires constant attention, “Pick It Up PA Days,” April 11-May 4, offers the perfect opportunity to put extra focus on keeping your township clean.

Local governments, individuals, civic groups, businesses, and other organizations are encouraged to remove litter and trash during this special event. Target areas can include roads, parks, forests, river or stream banks, neighborhoods, and open spaces.

This two-week statewide initiative is part of the Great American Cleanup, which runs March through May.

In Pennsylvania, the three-month cleanup is supported and sponsored by the Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful Alliance, a range of businesses, trade organizations, and local and state government entities, including the state departments of Environmental Protection and Transportation.

Townships that decide to “Pick It Up PA” will have plenty of support. For example:

  • PennDOT’s district and county offices will provide free bags, gloves, and vests to registered cleanup groups.
  • Participating landfills will allow free disposal of trash collected during registered events.
  • County recycling coordinators, conservation districts, cooperative extension offices, and other environmental groups will answer questions and help organize cleanups.

Townships should consider asking local community organizations, such as Scout troops and church groups, to roll up their sleeves and lend a hand. Business owners might be willing to donate supplies, such as paint, T-shirts, or refreshments.

Popular cleanup activities include:

  • planting trees or flower bulbs at a township building or intersection;
  • painting a graffiti-marked wall;
  • sponsoring a litter collection contest;
  • picking up litter along a local road;
  • cleaning up a stream, field, or other area that has become an illegal dump site and then posting signs warning against illegal dumping; or
  • placing garbage cans in litter-prone areas and arranging for them to be emptied regularly.

To learn more about how your township can mobilize residents to help clean up the community, go to www.gacofpa.org. Here, townships can register their activities, find other events in the area, and get tips on holding a successful cleanup.

Townships may also contact Michelle Dunn of Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful toll-free at (877) 772-3673 or email mdunn@keeppabeautiful.org.



DEP Offers Free MS4 Training Sessions

Sunday January 11th, 2015

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection invites municipal managers, other public officials, and engineers to attend free training sessions on compliance with water pollution control requirements for municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4).

The training sessions will be held across the state this winter. The first four sessions will provide information on the basics of MS4 permit compliance. The second four sessions will emphasize additional MS4 requirements that apply to MS4 permittees with Total Maximum Daily Load and Chesapeake Bay Pollutant Reduction Plan obligations.

MS4 Permit Compliance Sessions:

  • Feb. 10 – Best Western, Central Hotel and Conference Center, 800 East Park Drive, Harrisburg
  • Feb. 12 – The Woodlands Inn, 1073 Highway 315, Wilkes-Barre
  • Feb. 18 – Holiday Inn, Morgantown/PA Turnpike, 6170 Morgantown Road, Morgantown
  • Feb. 25 – Pittsburgh Marriott North, 100 Cranberry Woods Drive, Cranberry Township

TMDL Plan / Chesapeake Bay Pollutant Reduction Plan Sessions:

  • March 17 – Holiday Inn Lansdale, 1750 Sumneytown Pike, Kulpsville
  • March 19 – Inn at Leola Village, 38 Deborah Drive, Leola
  • March 25 – The Woodlands Inn, 1073 Highway 315, Wilkes-Barre
  • April 1 – Pittsburgh Marriott North, 100 Cranberry Woods Drive, Cranberry Township

Each session will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with sign-in at 8:30 a.m. Lunch is included.

Space is limited, so registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Preregistration is required.

To register, contact Joyce Rivers at Century Engineering, Inc., at 717-901-7055 or MS4Workshop@centuryeng.com. Deadline for registration is two weeks before the date of the session.