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Learn About Economic Development with Four-Day Course in Lancaster

Tuesday October 28th, 2014

If you're interested in learning more about economic development, consider attending the four-day "Economic Development Course in Pennsylvania," offered through Penn State.

The course is designed for everyone from the seasoned economic development professional to the beginning practitioner. Participants learn theoretical and practical approaches to economic development and will benefit from outstanding networking opportunities.

The Economic Development Course in Pennsylvania is accredited by the International Economic Development Council, the nation's largest membership organization for economic developers.

Dates:
December 1-4, 2014

Location:
Eden Resort, Lancaster, Pa.

Cost:
$599 for Pennsylvania residents on or before November 7
$629 for Pennsylvania residents after November 7

For more information:
Click here or on the flyer at right.



Thirty-seven Municipalities to Improve Traffic Safety with Red Light Enforcement Funds

Friday October 24th, 2014
Nearly $6.6 million in Automated Red Light Enforcement (ARLE) funding is being distributed to 37 municipalities statewide to fund 41 safety projects.

Under state law, fines from red light violations at 28 intersections in Philadelphia supply the grant funding. Pennsylvania’s ARLE program aims to improve safety at signalized intersections by providing automated enforcement at locations where data shows red-light running has been an issue.

The law specifies that projects improving safety, enhancing mobility, and reducing congestion can be considered for funding. Municipalities submitted more than 226 applications, totaling approximately $36.6 million.

Projects were selected by an eight-member committee based on criteria such as benefits and effectiveness, cost, local and regional impact, and cost sharing.

This investment brings the total dollars awarded through the ARLE funding program since 2010 to $39.8 million, funding 275 safety projects.

Click here for more information or email ARLE_Grants@pa.gov.


Following is a county-by-county list of ARLE funding recipients, the amount of funding, and a brief description of the projects:

Adams County:

  • Conewago Township – $2,759 to upgrade to LED signal heads at Route 116 (Hanover Road) and Route 2006 (Centennial Road).
  • East Berlin Borough – $23,600 to upgrade to traffic-volume detection technology that improves traffic flow on all four approaches at the intersection of Routes 234 and 194.

Allegheny County:

  • Bethel Park Borough – $294,000 to replace the existing traffic signal at the intersection of South Park Road and Brightwood Road, including countdown pedestrian signals.
  • Brentwood Borough – $162,000 to improve driver and pedestrian safety and mobility at Brownsville Road and Willock Road by upgrading signals, adding countdown pedestrian signals, upgrading signage, and installing ADA-compliant curb ramps.
  • Carnegie Borough – $75,560 for LED traffic-signal upgrades at five borough intersections to optimize traffic-signal operation and reduce energy consumption. 
  • City of Pittsburgh – $120,000 to upgrade and replace the existing traffic signal located at the Bartlett Road and Greenfield Road intersection as well as the Panther Hollow Road and Hobart Street intersection.
  • Coraopolis Borough – $158,000 to upgrade and replace the existing traffic signal at the intersection of Route 51 (4th Avenue) and Main Street.
  • East Deer Township – $42,000 to upgrade to LED traffic signals and LED pedestrian signals at three intersections along Route 1001 (Freeport Road).

Bedford County: Saxton Borough – $38,128 to improve pedestrian crossing markings and upgrade to traffic-volume detection technology that improves traffic flow at the intersection of Route 913 and 8th Street.

Berks County:

  • Laureldale Borough – $22,000 to upgrade two existing school warning devices along Bellevue Avenue for the Muhlenberg School District Junior High School.
  • West Reading Borough – $33,165 for pedestrian safety equipment at the intersections of 4th, 5th and 6th Streets at Penn Avenue.

Bucks County:

  • Doylestown Township – $48,500 to upgrade to traffic-volume detection technology that improves traffic flow at the intersection of Upper State Road and Almshouse Road.
  • Wrightstown Township - $157,020 to optimize the traffic signal timing for the morning, mid-day, and afternoon peak hours, as well add traffic-volume detection at four intersections.

Butler County:

  • Connoquenessing Township – $36,100 to optimize traffic signal timing at four intersections.
  • Cranberry Township - $37,625 to upgrade signal timing with an adaptive traffic-signal control system, which adjusts signal timing based on traffic demand, at six intersections.

Chester County:

  • Caln Township – $290,083 to add signals to the synchronized signal system on Reeceville Road and U.S. 322 within the township.
  • East Whiteland Township – $73,500 to upgrade the township’s signal monitoring and testing ability for their 35 traffic signals.
  • Easttown Township - $49,000 to upgrade to LED traffic and pedestrian signals at eight intersections.
  • Oxford Borough - $8,500 to upgrade to LED traffic signals at the intersection of South Third Street and Hodgson Street.

Clearfield County: Decatur Township – $66,400 to upgrade the signal controller and upgrade to traffic-volume detection technology that improves traffic flow at Route 322 and Irvin Drive and at the intersection of Routes 322 and 53.

Delaware County: Concord Township – $33,150 to improve the existing pedestrian facilities at the intersection of Route 1 (Baltimore Pike) and Evergreen Drive.

Erie County:

  • Amity Township – $4,500 to improve safety by upgrading an existing flashing warning sign to LED lights and add solar technology to reduce energy consumption.
  • North East Borough - $7,572 to replace an outdated traffic signal controller at the intersection of U.S. 20 (Main Street) and Mill Street.

Fayette County: Redstone Township – $90,000 for safety improvements at the traffic signal at the intersection of U.S. 40 and Stone Church Road.

Greene County: Jefferson Township – $6,638 to upgrade school warning devices located on Route 188.

Huntingdon County: Orbisonia Borough – $180,540 to upgrade the traffic signal and provide safety improvements at the intersection of Routes 522 and 944.

Lancaster County:

  • East Donegal Township – $212,000 for safety improvements and upgrades to the traffic signal at the intersection of River Road and Market Street/Marietta Avenue.
  • Mount Joy Township – $130,000 to provide updated pedestrian signals, upgrade curb ramps, upgrade pushbuttons, and upgrade traffic-volume detection at South Market Street.

Lehigh County: Slatington Borough – $139,600 to upgrade Route 873 (Main Street) and Church Street intersection’s pedestrian signal heads and curb ramps and add technology that improves traffic flow for emergency responders.

Luzerne County:

  • Forty Fort Borough – $37,800 to update the traffic signal at the intersection of Route 11 (Wyoming Avenue), Slocum Street and Welles Street.
  • Freeland Borough - $125,000 to upgrade the traffic signal at the intersection of South Street and Centre Street with a new controller, LED traffic and pedestrian signals, pedestrian push buttons, traffic-volume detection, and technology that improves traffic flow for emergency responders.

Montgomery County:

  • Schwenksville Borough – $73,800 to upgrade pedestrian signal pushbuttons, upgrade LEDs, upgrade traffic-volume detection technology, install countdown pedestrian signals and ADA ramps at the intersection of Main Street, Route 29, Gravel Pike and East Park Avenue/Gamefarm Road, as well as $29,750 for pedestrian signal upgrades, traffic-volume detection installation and ADA ramps at the intersection of Main Street and Gravel Pike.
  • West Conshohocken Borough – $175,700 upgrade eight intersections with new time clocks and new traffic signal cabinets to be used in an adaptive traffic signal system.

Montour County: Danville Borough – $80,637 to install new LED signals, wiring and other equipment, traffic-volume detection and new pedestrian signals at the intersection of U.S. 11 (Walnut Street) and Railroad Street.

Philadelphia:

  • $500,000 to implement a fiber-optic network expansion program to monitor, manage, and improve traffic-signal timing throughout the city.
  • $1 million to improve intersections by adding curb extensions to increase pedestrians’ visibility to motorists and reduce potential vehicle/pedestrian traffic conflicts throughout the city.
  • $1 million to implement up to three roundabouts to improve safety and traffic flow.
  • $1 million to continue to implement traffic-calming measures such as speed humps and updated signage.

Venango County: City of Franklin – $16,500 to improve five intersections along U.S. 322 (13th Street) and Route 8 (Liberty Street) by replacing and upgrading traffic signal timers, as well as upgrade the traffic-volume detection system at the intersection of U.S. 322 (13th Street) and Atlantic Avenue.

Westmoreland County: Mount Pleasant Township – $4,250 to improve pedestrian safety at the intersection of Routes 981 and 2007 near the Mount Pleasant Area School District High School with school ahead flashing warning signs.



Consumer Price Index Rises 1.7% from Sept. '13 to Sept. '14

Thursday October 23rd, 2014

PSATS often receives questions about the annual cost-of-living increase. This figure is based on changes in the Consumer Price Index, which rose  1.7 percent nationwide between September 2013 and September 2014.

The total change over the previous 12 months is used by many to determine pay increases for the following year.

Click here for more about the CPI, which is adjusted each month.

 

 

 




 



Got Sinkholes? Register for the Harrisburg Sinkhole Summit 2014

Wednesday October 15th, 2014

Register for the City of Harrisburg's 2014 Sinkhole Conference and receive the latest information on how to best handle sinkhole issues.

The conference will be held Friday, November 7, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza on South Second Street in Harrisburg.

National speakers will share their expertise on the best practices in sinkhole management, including:

  • Sinkholes 101 (the basics — how they form);
  • federal funding programs for sinkhole identification and repair;
  • Pennsylvania state government funding programs;
  • land use development ordinances;
  • insurance products; and
  • more

Space ​is ​limited ​to ​the ​first ​200 ​registrants. The registration ​fee of $40 ​per ​person ​includes a continental ​breakfast ​and ​lunch.

Click here to register or call 202-331-8500 with questions.



Boost Recycling Numbers (or Start a New Program) with Free Technical Assistance

Monday October 13th, 2014

Starting or upgrading a recycling program can be a tall order for any township, but you don't have to go it alone. The Pennsylvania Recycling Technical Assistance program, offered through the state Department of Environmental Protection, provides local governments in the commonwealth with guidance and recommendations for upgrading recycling programs to boost material recovery and ensure sustainability.

The technical assistance program provides approved applicants with $7,500 in consulting services at no charge to the municipality to address recycling and composting-related topics. These can include curbside and drop-off recycling, material recovery facilities, composting, leaf recycling, commercial recycling, and pay-as-you-throw options.

DEP, the Governor's Center for Local Government Services, and PSATS formed this training partnership for Pennsylvania local governments interested in achieving higher recycling rates.

To apply or for more information, email recyclepa@pa.gov or call 717-787-7382.



Learn About Traffic Signal Funding Program with October Webinars

Thursday October 9th, 2014

PennDOT is accepting applications for funding through its "Green Light—Go Program" for existing traffic signal maintenance and operations. Applications are due by November 14, and the competitive funding requires a 50 percent municipal or private cash match. Three webinars will be held throughout October to describe the program and application process.

To participate in any of the webinars, follow the steps below:

  1. At the appropriate time, click on the link below for the presentation you want to access.
  2. Type in the Meeting Number if requested.
  3. If requested, enter your name and email address.
  4. If a password is required, enter the meeting password: Traffic01
  5. Click Join.
  6. Follow the instructions that appear on your screen.
  7. Call toll-free 877-668-4493 and use the Meeting Number provided.

During Fiscal Year 2014-2015, up to $10 million will be allocated to municipalities for upgrading traffic signals to light-emitting diode technology and for performing regional operations such as retiming, developing special event plans, and monitoring traffic signals.

Click here for an application and email the application and attachments to RA-PDSIGNALFUNDING@pa.gov by November 14.

Click here for additional information on the Green Light—Go Program requirements, guidelines, application evaluation criteria, corridor designations, and PennDOT's corridor prioritization.

Successful applicants will have to submit invoices and status updates through PennDOT's dotGrants system. Municipalities not currently using the dotGrants system for liquid fuels payments should start the process to get access once the application has been submitted.

Questions? Please contact Daniel Farley, manager of the PennDOT Traffic Signals and Operational Analysis Unit, Bureau of Maintenance and Operations, 400 North St., 6th Floor, Harrisburg, PA 17120, (717) 783-0333, RA-PDSIGNALFUNDING@pa.gov.



Nominate Projects for Local Government Excellence Awards by Nov. 28

Wednesday October 8th, 2014

Has your township found a creative way to improve the community? If so, consider nominating a project for the 2015 Gover­nor’s Awards for Local Government Excellence by Friday, November 28.

Presented each April during Local Government Week, the awards recognize townships and officials in the following categories:

  • Building community partnerships
  • Responding to adversity
  • Promoting community/economic revitalization
  • Innovative community/governmental initiatives
  • Fiscal accountability and best management practices
  • Innovative planning and sound land use practices
  • Intergovernmental cooperation
  • Information technology

Townships must submit a narrative about the project that includes:

  • The name of the nominated township and county, any other participating municipalities and their counties, and a contact person’s name, street address, phone number, and email address.
  • The category from the list above that the project falls into.
  • A description of the project.
  • An explanation of how the project  resolved a problem, addressed a need, or improved the community-at-large. Provide quantifiable results, if available.
  • A list of everyone who participated in the project and how they helped.

Submit nominations here. The awards will be presented in Harrisburg during Local Government Week in April. 



FEMA Firefighter/EMS Grants Application Period to Open in October

Tuesday September 9th, 2014

Fire departments and emergency services organizations may apply for funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Assistance to Firefighters Grants beginning in October.

Eligible applicants include fire departments, nonaffiliated emergency medical services organizations, and state fire training academies.

Three types of grants are offered through the program. Applicants may file under multiple categories, which include:

    • Operations and safety, including training, equipment, personal protective gear, wellness and fitness programs, and facility modification to enhance safety;
    • Vehicle acquisition, with high priority given to nontransport, nonaffiliated EMS vehicles for community paramedic services; and
    • Joint/regional projects, which are large-scale projects for any number of AFG-eligible organizations.

All AFG grantees are subject to cost share requirements based on population, and matching funds must be cash. Population categories and the required match are as follows:
    • Populations under 20,000: 5 percent of the grant total;
    • Populations between 20,000 and 1 million: 10 percent of the grant total; and
    • Populations greater than 1 million: 15 percent of the grant total.

For more information, go to www.fema.gov/assistance-firefighters-grant or call the AFG help desk toll-free at (866) 274-0960.



Upcoming Workshops Help Townships Apply for Conservation, Recreation Funding

Tuesday September 9th, 2014

Is your township planning a recreation, conservation, or community enhancement project? Plan to attend an upcoming workshop that will help potential applicants of Community Conservation Partnership Program (C2P2) grants from the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. In partnership with the Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Society, DCNR is offering free grant workshops across the state in November. The grant program’s application period opens January 14, 2015, and closes April 16.

Participants of the grant workshops will receive guidance and updates on using the online application process and creating competitive applications. Attendees will also learn about eligible projects and the necessary documents for various project types and be able to interact with staff from the Bureau of Recreation and Conservation. Township officials, park and recreation board members, and others who are involved with recreation and conservation projects are encouraged to attend one of the sessions.

The workshop dates and locations are:
    • Nov. 5 — Camp Hill Borough Building, Cumberland County
    • Nov. 6 — Montgomery County Public Safety Training Campus (Fire Academy), Conshohocken
    • Nov. 18 — Pine Township Recreation Center, Wexford, Allegheny County
    • Nov. 19 — Quality Inn, Franklin, Venango County
    • Nov. 20 — Luzerne County Community College (Educational Conference Center), Nanticoke
    • Nov. 21 — Penn State Hotel and Conference Center, State College, Centre County

The workshops require preregistration. To register, go to www.apps.dcnr.state.pa.us/Calendar/list.asp?intDivisionID=52. For more information, townships may call Linda Manning at (717) 783-4736 or email linmanning@pa.gov.