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Brush Up On RTKL and Sunshine Act at Upcoming Training Course

Wednesday August 17th, 2016

Earn PMGA credits for attending

Join PSATS General Counsel Scott Coburn and representatives of the Pa. Office of Open Records for an interactive workshop on the Right-to-Know Law and Sunshine Act. The class will be held at locations around the state in September and October.

Designed for municipal open records officers, elected and appointed officials, managers, secretaries, and solicitors, "Best Practices for Right-to-Know Law and Sunshine Act Compliance" will review municipal obligations under these laws, discuss recent case law and trends, and provide best practices to help municipal officials do their jobs more efficiently and cost-effectively.

Enrollees in the PSATS Municipal Government Academy are eligible to receive two secondary credits for attending the class.

Solicitors who attend are eligible to receive 2.5 continuing legal education credit hours for attending (subject to an additional fee).

Click here for more information or to register.

Wanted: Fresh Ideas for the PSATS Conference

Thursday August 11th, 2016

The Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors (PSATS) is now accepting workshop proposals for its 2017 Annual Educational Conference and Trade Show which will be held at the Hershey Lodge from April 23-26. Workshops will be held on Monday, April 24 and Tuesday, April 25.

PSATS offers more than 100 workshops during the conference, which historically attracts more than 4,000 registrants.

If you are interested in presenting a 75-minute workshop during our 2017 Conference, click here to submit your proposal.

The deadline for submitting a workshop proposal is 4 p.m. on Friday, September 9, 2016.

We request that workshop proposals have no more than three speakers, each of whom will receive complimentary registration for the day of their workshop.

Also note that submission of a workshop proposal does not guarantee that it will be selected. The PSATS Conference Planning Committee and staff will review all workshop proposals for content and relevance to our member townships.

All applicants will be notified of our decision on their workshop proposal by December 5, 2016.

If you have any questions about the workshop proposal process or the PSATS Annual Conference, contact James Wheeler at or  (717) 763-0930, x 128.

Townships and Residents Invited to Help Clean Up Waterways

Wednesday July 27th, 2016

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful (KPB) is inviting Pennsylvania residents and groups to sign up now to coordinate a cleanup as part of the 2016 International Coastal Cleanup being held September 1 through October 31.

“In 2015, nearly 14,000 volunteers from 44 counties canvassed their communities to remove over 1 million pounds of trash and debris from Pennsylvania’s waterways and coastal regions during the International Coastal Cleanup event,” KPB President Shannon Reiter says. “Our goal this year is to engage organizations, civic groups, families, and individuals from all 67 counties for this global effort.”

The Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup is the largest volunteer effort aimed at improving the health of the ocean, bringing out hundreds of thousands of volunteers from around the world to remove millions of pounds of plastics and debris from beaches, lakes and waterways. International Coastal Cleanup Day itself will be September 19.

This event has grown to include participation by all 50 states and U.S. territories and 90 countries, with the number growing each year.

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful is proud to coordinate this effort in Pennsylvania. Any cleanup site in Pennsylvania is eligible to participate, since all state residents live in a watershed and all waterways flow into our coastal waters.

If you are interested in coordinating an ICC cleanup or volunteering at a cleanup, please contact Michelle Dunn toll-free at (877)772-3673, ext. 113, or email

Cleanup tools and resources to help organize a safe and successful cleanup can be found here. Gloves and bags are available for registered events while supplies last.

Help for Small Water, Sewer Systems Available

Friday July 22nd, 2016

The Commonwealth Finance Authority will accept applications for the Pennsylvania Small Water and Sewer Program from August 1, 2016 through October 31, 2016. Eligible projects include those with a total cost between $30,000 and $500,000 that will construct, improve, expand, repair, or rehabilitate a water supply or sanitary sewer system owned and maintained by a municipality or municipal authority.

A 15 percent cash match of the total project cost is required. Click here for more information. Note: this website works best in Google Chrome.

Funding for Alternative-Fuel Vehicles Available

Thursday June 16th, 2016

Townships that want to purchase or convert vehicles to natural gas or other alternative fuels may apply for funding through DEP’s Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant Program. The deadline for applications is August 26.

Grants are available for the conversion or purchase of natural gas vehicles, as well as the conversion or purchase of electric, propane, or other alternative-fuel vehicles of any size.

This year, there is no gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) limit and no minimum number of vehicles required to apply for a vehicle purchase or retrofit reimbursement.

Grants are also available to fund the purchase and installation of refueling infrastructure for alternative-fuel fleet vehicles. This category includes two options:

• Fleet refueling projects must service an existing fleet of at least 10 alternative-fuel vehicles weighing up to 26,000 pounds GVWR, and

• Home-based refueling projects must be located at the base of operations for one or more alternative-fuel vehicles weighing up to 10,000 pounds GVWR.

For more information and application guidelines, go to 

Grants Help Townships Increase Tree Cover

Thursday June 16th, 2016

Townships that want to increase the tree cover in their community can apply for grants from the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ (DCNR) TreeVitalize Program.

TreeVitalize planting grants are available for projects with a strong volunteer base. Applicants must have the assistance of their local DCNR service forester and/or Penn State Extension forester in developing a planting plan. The forester’s signature is also required on the application.

Interested townships should begin by contacting their local DCNR or Extension forester, who can provide necessary guidance about grant opportunities, as well as native species and sustainable projects.

Applications must be submitted by email or postal mail by September 15.

For more information and a grant application, go to and choose “TreeVitalize Applications” in the column on the left. The applications page also contains a link to DCNR and Penn State Extension forester contacts.

Townships may also contact Jessica Cavey, development and grants coordinator, at (717) 599-8650 or