News: Barry Shoch Receives PSATS' Founders Award
April 21, 2015
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Barry Schoch Awarded PSATS’ Highest Honor
Barry Schoch was awarded the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors’ Founder’s Award for his actions while Secretary of Transportation. The honor was presented today at the organization’s 93rd Annual Educational Conference and Trade Show in Hershey.
The award is PSATS’ highest honor and is only given to those who show exceptional commitment to townships.
Schoch was recognized for playing the key role in the passage of Act 89 of 2013, a long-term funding measure that allocates $2 billion a year for road and bridge projects and other transportation improvements statewide. He was PennDOT secretary from 2011 until January, when he was asked to serve as a senior transportation adviser to Gov. Tom Wolf.
“In the span of just four years, you brought people together, built consensus, and played a key role in securing an unprecedented transportation funding package for Pennsylvania,” PSATS President Tim Horner said during this morning’s presentation. “That funding isn’t just helping PennDOT, it’s helping all of our townships build better roads and bridges, too.”
Under Act 89, Pennsylvania’s townships are on track to receive up to a 60-percent increase in their state liquid fuels payments, which help to fund local road projects.
Horner also lauded Schoch for recognizing that local roads are a vital part of the state’s transportation system and for treating townships as partners. Townships, in fact, manage more road miles – 58,000 – than PennDOT, which oversees about 40,500 miles.
“This understanding of local needs led to programs and funding that continue to help our communities improve our traffic signals, bridges, and dirt and gravel roads,” Horner said.
Named for the association’s founder, H.A. “Cappy” Thomson, the Founder’s Award recognizes individuals or groups whose outstanding efforts on behalf of local governments have resulted in significant benefits to townships. Past recipients have included Govs. Dick Thornburgh, Robert P. Casey, and Tom Ridge, Lt. Govs. Mark Schweiker and Jim Cawley, and former Cabinet Secretaries Karen Miller and Dennis Wolff.
The Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors represents Pennsylvania’s 1,454 townships of the second class and is committed to preserving and strengthening township government and securing greater visibility and involvement for townships in the state and federal political arenas. Townships of the second class cover 95 percent of Pennsylvania’s land mass and represent more residents — 5.5 million — than any other type of political subdivision in the commonwealth.