PSATS SEO Symposium Workshop Descriptions


Monday April 20, 2015 - 10:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

 

Water Obstruction and Encroachment Permit Updates for Bridges and Culverts

Attend this workshop to learn how to comply with the state and federal permit process for removing debris from stream and wetlands and maintaining bridges and culverts in your township.

 Location: Cocoa Suite 3

 

Sanitary Sewer Design Options for Treating Inflow and Infiltration

Is the sewage infrastructure in your township aging? Then this workshop is for you, especially now that state regulators are requiring townships to take an active approach to reducing, minimizing, and eliminating inflow and infiltration. During this session, township officials will learn a range of techniques to ensure that their systems comply with the law while reducing collection and treatment costs. 

 Location: Cocoa Suite 4


Monday April 20, 2015 - 1:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

An Overview of the PENNVEST Homeowner Septic Program

PENNVEST and the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Authority have updated the Homeowner Septic Program, which provides low-cost loans, to meet a wider variety of needs. Make plans to attend this session for learn about the new guidelines and what they mean for your township and its residents.

 Location: Cocoa Suite 4


Monday April 20, 2015 - 2:45 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Right-to-Know Update 2015: The Agony and The Ecstasy

Pennsylvania’s townships continue to struggle with the Right-to-Know Law so make plans to attend this session. The presenters will review significant RTKL decisions in the past year from the courts and the state Office of Open Records. Attendees will also learn about possible legislative changes and how those may affect local procedures and decisions about what constitutes a public record.

Privacy, trade secret and proprietary rights of individuals and vendors with townships will be reviewed.

Location: Magnolia B

 

Westtown Township Case Study: How to Head Off Failing Septic Systems With a Sewage Management Plan

Do you want to head off the problems associated with poorly maintained and malfunctioning septic systems? Then make plans to attend this session, which will explore the experiences of Chester County's Westtown Township and the benefits and challenges of implementing a sewage management plan that requires qualified contractors to inspect onlot systems.

Location: Magnolia C

 

Meet your DEP Local Government Representative

Get to know your local government liaison from the state Department of Environmental Protection during this session. You'll learn how these liaisons can help your township navigate the commonwealth's environmental programs and regulations and about a major new permitting initiative, "Project Syllabus."

Location: Aztec Room


Monday April 20, 2015 - 4:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

From Enraged to Engaged -- Using Social Media to Stimulate Public Participation

Social media and 24/7 news feeds have made it easier than ever for the public to find out what's going on in their communities. This increase of awareness, however, doesn't always mean that people trust or agree with decisions that township officials are making. This session will help local leaders figure out how to leverage this increased awareness in a way that promotes public education, outreach, and cooperation while accomplishing municipal objectives. 

Location: Magnolia A

 

Right-to-Know Update 2015: The Agony and The Ecstasy

Pennsylvania’s townships continue to struggle with the Right-to-Know Law so make plans to attend this session. The presenters will review significant RTKL decisions in the past year from the courts and the state Office of Open Records. Attendees will also learn about possible legislative changes and how those may affect local procedures and decisions about what constitutes a public record. Privacy, trade secret and proprietary rights of individuals and vendors with townships will be reviewed.

Location: Magnolia B

 

Media Relations for Municipal Officials

Whether you like it or not there will be times as a township official when you will need to face the media. This workshop will help you prepare for those moments when you're in the spotlight and explain how you can use the media to your advantage.

 Location: Cocoa Suite 3


Tuesday April 21, 2015 - 1:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Google Earth (Pro) for Municipalities

Workshop attendees will be introduced to Google Earth (Pro), an affordable and user-friendly software system that puts satellite imagery and layers of local data at your fingertips. The instructor will demonstrate how township supervisors, staff, and planning commissions can use this powerful communication tool to present information and manage projects. 

Location: Cocoa Suite 2


Tuesday April 21, 2015 - 2:45 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Sewage Regulations 101: Navigating Chapter 71 and Onlot Sewage Planning

Every municipality is required to do sewage facilities planning. This session will review that process by focusing on Chapter 71, the Department of Environmental Protection’s regulations for onlot sewage planning. The session will cover a brief history of the Sewage Facilities Act and DEP regulations, review municipalwide sewage and land development planning, and explain the role of general site suitability. The presenter will also discuss conventional versus alternate sewage disposal systems.

Location: Cocoa Suite 4