News Archive

2015 Oath of Office

Friday November 20th, 2015

Newly elected supervisors need to take the oath of office — Before assuming the duties of office, newly elected and re-elected township supervisors must take an oath of office to support the Constitution of the United States and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and to perform the duties of office with fidelity. This oath must be administered by a judge, district magistrate, or notary and filed with the township secretary. Click here for the oath of office form.

PennDOT Schedules Every Day Counts Exchange

Tuesday November 17th, 2015

Please join PennDOT from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, December 9, for an FHWA Every Day Counts Exchange. The topic will be "Locally Administered Federal-Aid Projects: Stakeholder Partnering." Township supervisors, managers, and roadmasters are encouraged to participate in the exchange, which will be presented as a webinar at eight locations throughout the commonwealth.

Click here for more information and to find a location near you.


Pipeline Infrastructure Task Force

Tuesday November 17th, 2015

Gov. Tom Wolf appointed 48 individuals, including PSATS Executive Board member Marvin Meteer, Wyalusing Township, Bradford County, to the Pipeline Infrastructure Task Force (PITF) to recommend policies and best practices to guide development of the thousands of miles of proposed natural gas pipelines that will transport natural gas and related by products across the Commonwealth. The PITF will provide a final report detailing its findings to Governor Tom Wolf by February 2016.

The Department of Environmental Protection (Department) is now accepting comments on the Draft Task Force Report through December 14, 2015.

Comments submitted by facsimile will not be accepted. Comments, including comments submitted by email, must include the originator's name and address. Commentators are encouraged to submit comments using the Department's online eComment tool at Written comments should be submitted to the Department of Environmental Protection, Policy Office, Rachel Carson State Office Building, P. O. Box 2063, Harrisburg, PA 17105-2063,

Have You Built a Better Mousetrap? Enter Now

Wednesday November 11th, 2015

Have you or one of your co-workers recently built an innovative gadget or developed an improved way to do a job? If so, why not enter it in the PennDOT/LTAP Build a Better Mousetrap Competition?

Eligible projects include new tools, equipment modifications, and/or processes that increase safety, reduce cost, improve efficiency, and improve the quality of transportation.

If you have something you think would qualify for this competition, click here for the entry form and submit it by Friday, March 4, 2016. Entries will be judged by a committee of municipal road employees on cost savings/benefits to the community, ingenuity, transferability to others, and effectiveness.

The winning entry will also be entered in a regional and national contest to compete for recognition and, of course, bragging rights. Winners of the national competition will be announced at the annual LTAP/TTAP National Conference this summer. All entries at the national level will be posted on the LTAP/TTAP program website and compiled in an electronic booklet.

For more information, contact Karen Atkinson at or (717) 763-0930, ext. 156.

Funding Available for Alternative Transportation Projects

Tuesday November 3rd, 2015

Townships are encouraged to apply for assistance from the Transportation Alternatives Program, administered by PennDOT. The federally funded program supports projects defined as transportation alternatives, including on- and off-road pedestrian and bicycle facilities, infrastructure projects for improving nondriver access to public transportation and enhanced mobility, community improvement activities, environmental mitigation, recreational trail program projects, and safe routes to school projects.

Projects must have a construction cost of at least $50,000 but may not exceed $1 million, unless the project is of exceptional regional or statewide significance. Applications will be reviewed based on such criteria as safety benefits, reasonableness of cost, readiness for implementation, statewide or regional significance, integration of land use and transportation decision making, collaboration with stakeholders, and leverage of other projects or funding.
There is currently $9 million available to be administered statewide through PennDOT, and up to $11 million to be administered through six large Metropolitan Planning Organizations. These amounts are subject to change if a new federal long-term transportation bill is enacted.

The deadline for applications is January 8.

PennDOT will hold a webinar for potential applicants on November 16 at 1 p.m. To access the webinar or apply for funding, go to PennDOT's competitive transportation funding website. Townships may also contact Chris Metka, Transportation Alternatives/Safe Routes To School Coordinator, at (717) 787-8065.

Nominate Your Sustainable Park for a Green Park Award

Thursday October 29th, 2015

    The state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the PA Recreation and Parks Society ( are now accepting nominations for the Green Park Award. The deadline for nominations is January 15.
    The awards recognize excellence in public parks for the integration of green and sustainable park practices based on the following criteria:
    • site location and design;
    • water management;
    • natural landscaping;
    • materials selection and construction;
    • connecting people to nature;
    • operations and maintenance; and
    • environmental stewardship messaging.
    For more information and to download an application, click here.


Up to $3 Million Available for Multimodal Transportation Projects

Tuesday October 20th, 2015

The state Department of Transportation has money available for townships through its Multimodal Transportation Fund. The deadline for submissions is Dec. 18.

Four types of projects are eligible:

• those that coordinate local land use with transportation assets to enhance existing communities;

• those related to streetscapes, lighting, sidewalk enhancement, and pedestrian safety;

• those that improve connectivity or use of existing transportation assets; and,

• those related to transit-oriented development.

A 30 percent local match is required. In addition to municipalities, the program is open to economic development and public transit agencies.

Grants are available for projects that cost between $100,000 and $3 million. However, some larger projects may be considered if they contribute to private investment and job creation.

Examples of previous recipients include $3 million to Norfolk Southern boost capacity by adding trailer parking spots at the railroad's Harrisburg Intermodal Facility; $424,000 for paving streets in Camp Hill Borough; and $1.4 million for road and traffic signal construction in York Township.

The application is available at the PennDot competitive transportation funding website.