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Welcome to the PSATS Morning News, our email digest.

The PSATS Morning News includes the latest news, videos – look for TVN and the Question of the Week every Tuesday and Thursday – along with legislative and policy updates, grant and funding opportunities, and announcements about upcoming PSATS training.

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Thank You for Making PSATS 2024 Annual Conference a Success!

Thank you to the township officials and staff, presenters, and exhibitors who made PSATS’ 2024 Annual Educational Conference and Exhibit Show a success! Look for a detailed report in the June 2024 issue of the Pennsylvania Township News! You can also see…

Governor Signs Auditor Pay Raise Law

SB 740, the auditor pay raise bill, was signed into law by Gov. Josh Shapiro on Monday (but not at the PSATS Conference) as Act 10 of 2024. Act 10 amends the Second Class Township Code to authorize the board of…

Commonwealth Highlights National Work Zone Awareness Week 

April 15-19 is National Work Zone Awareness Week and the state Department of Transportation, Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, Pennsylvania State Police and Associated Pennsylvania Contractors honored roadway workers and urged motorists to slow down and pay attention in work zones. Memorials…

Townships, Officials Receive Governor’s Awards for Excellence 

Yesterday, Lt. Governor Austin Davis, who chairs the Governor’s Local Government Advisory Committee, and Rick Siger, Secretary of Community and Economic Development, recognized municipalities and local government officials for their dedication and commitment to strengthen their communities and better serve…

U.S. EPA Finalizes PFAS Drinking Water Regulation

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a final National Primary Drinking Water Regulation to protect public health from PFAS pollution. Polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are human-made chemicals that do not occur naturally in the environment and can cause adverse developmental and immune…

U.S. Postal Service Expected to Increase Rates July 14   

The U.S. Postal Service is expected to impose a 5-cent stamp increase on July 9 to offset inflation. A first-class stamp would increase from 68 to 73 cents, metered first class mail would increase from 64 to 69 cents, and postcards would increase from 53…

Reminder: Need Help with ARPA Report? Look Here for Help! 

Township secretaries and managers should note that the American Rescue Plan Act report for the April 1, 2023 to March 31, 2024 timeframe is due by April 30, 2024. All townships that received ARPA funds will need to complete this report, even…

Reminder: DCED Accepting Act 13 Grant Applications until May 31  

The state Department of Community and Economic Development is accepting applications for Act 13 programs until May 31. These grant programs are funded by impact fees from natural gas wells under Act 13 of 2012:             For more information, click on the grant program links above…

Active Transportation Pre-Planning Assistance Available

The state Department of Health (DOH) is accepting applications for the second round of the capacity-building pre planning program under the WalkWorks initiative. This program is designed to prepare municipalities to apply in 2025 for funding to develop active transportation plans.   Townships located…

Op-Ed Celebrates Local Government Week, April 8-14

PSATS Executive Director David M. Sanko released an Op-Ed celebrating Local Government Week, which runs April 8-14. Local Government Week is a perfect time to appreciate the vital role townships play in Pennsylvania’s governance and help Pennsylvanians discover the critical…
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