News Archive

Central Pa. APWA Symposium scheduled for September

Friday July 17th, 2015

Public works employees in central Pennsylvania are invited to the annual symposium of the local chapter of the American Public Works Association. The event will be held September 17 at the Windsor Township Public Works Building in York County.

The symposium will include educational sessions by PennDOT LTAP on signage for bridges and winter maintenance, as well as Public Works Association short classes on gas line safety and the monitoring system used by York Water.

Vendors will also be on hand, and activities include the ever-popular lawn mower rodeo and cone toss contest, with cash prizes.

The event is free for public works employees and includes lunch. For more information and a registration form, call Vance Spicer at (717) 875-2612 or email

Meteer to Chair Local Government Workgroup on PA's Pipeline Infrastructure Taskforce

Friday July 10th, 2015

Gov. Tom Wolf has appointed 48 individuals, including PSATS Executive Board member Marvin Meteer (a supervisor for Wyalusing Township in Bradford County), to participate on the Pennsylvania Pipeline Infrastructure Taskforce.

The group of experts and stakeholders, chaired by state Department of Environmental Protection Secretary John Quigley, will recommend policies, guidelines, and best practices to guide the anticipated build-out of pipeline infrastructure expected to take place across Pennsylvania during the next decade.

“Pipeline expansion is important to our economy and growing energy sector,” Wolf said. “We will work together to make sure that this important infrastructure can be developed effectively and responsibly with consideration for the environment, residents, and local communities.”

The task force is made up of representatives from state agencies, the legislature, federal and local governments, the pipeline and natural gas industries, and environmental groups. Experts were drawn from across the state and country.

The governor also created related 11 workgroups. Meteer will chair the local government workgroup, which will include nine township supervisors. An emergency preparedness workgroup will also include five township supervisors. Click here to view the list of task force members and click here to view the workgroups.

Submit Your Citizen Communication Contest Entries by Aug. 31!

Tuesday June 30th, 2015

If your township has published a newsletter or other publication to communicate with residents in the past year, show your pride in a job well-done by entering it in PSATS’ 48th Annual Township Citizen Communication Contest. Eligible publications or other forms of communication must have been produced between August 1, 2014, and July 31, 2015.

Entries must be received by August 31.

Thirty-one awards in eight categories will be up for grabs. Winners will receive a framed certificate and coverage in the Township News. All entrants will also compete for the 25th Annual Outstanding Citizen Communication Award, which will be presented at PSATS’ Annual Conference to the township that exhibits an exceptional commitment to informing its residents.

The contest honors townships for their citizen communication efforts in the following categories:

  • Newsletters
  • Most improved newsletter
  • Electronic newsletters (This category is for electronic newsletters that are produced strictly for the Web. Printed newsletters that are posted on a township’s website as a PDF are not eligible.)
  • Annual reports (Year-end budget or financial reports that include figures but no text or graphics are not eligible.)
  • Other publications, including brochures and calendars of events
  • Cable TV channels and programs (Audiotapes are not eligible.)
  • Websites
  • Social media (Judges will evaluate townships’ overall use of social media, such as Facebook, Twitter, and other resources to communicate with their residents.)

Entries in the printed newsletter category will be judged according to the following population ranges:

  • 2,000 and under
  • 2,001-5,000
  • 5,001-10,000
  • 10,001 and over

Entries in the remaining categories will compete against one another regardless of township population.

Each entry will be judged on the usefulness of information presented, how well the information is communicated, and the entry’s attractiveness, readability, or technical quality, depending on the media being judged. First-, second-, and third-place awards will be given in all categories unless the entries fail to meet the minimum standards of the judges.

Awards will be mailed to winners in November, and the Association will publish an article in the Township News about the winning entries and send news releases to the winners’ local news media.

To enter, provide the following:

  • For newsletters and other printed publications, send three copies of each entry.
  • For websites and social media, send three printouts of the home page and the Internet address for judges to access the sites.
  • For cable TV channels and programs, send three DVDs of each entry. Please note: Each township is limited to three entries in this category.

Each entry must be accompanied by a cover letter noting the category being entered and, for printed newsletters, the town­ship’s population.

If submitting multiple publications in one category, such as Newsletters or Other Publications, please indicate whether they should be judged as one entry or separate entries. Multiple issues of the same newsletter, such as the spring and summer issues, will be judged as a single entry.

Townships entering the Most Improved Newsletter category should state in their cover letter who was responsible for the redesign, such as staff or outside agencies, and include three copies each of “before” and “after” newsletters.

Note: Once-a-year tabloid-type newsletters that contain a map of the township and business advertisements and are produced by outside firms are not eligible.

Mail all entries to: PSATS, 4855 Woodland Drive, Enola, PA 17025, Attn.: Brenda Wilt.

Click here for complete details and guidelines.

Apply by Aug. 7 for FY 2015 FEMA Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grants

Wednesday June 17th, 2015

The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency is accepting grant applications for the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Flood Mitigation Assistance and Pre-Disaster Mitigation programs through Friday, August 7.

These grant programs provide states, tribes, territories, and local governments with funding for eligible mitigation activities to reduce disaster losses and protect life and property from future disaster damages.

Applicants are encouraged to review the Hazard Mitigation Assistance Unified Guidance for detailed eligibility information and to contact their FEMA Regional Office for additional information. 

Grant applications must be submitted to PEMA by 3 p.m. on August 7, 2015.