Rep. Kate Harper Uses Township News to Show Need for Impact Fee
Rep. Kate Harper cited the cover story in the January 2016 issue of the Township News to bolster her argument that the natural gas impact fee is necessary for municipalities. Harper has introduced a bill that would retain the impact fee even if a severance tax is imposed on gas drillers. She referenced the Township News article when she appeared before the House Environmental and Energy Committee on February 8.
The January article by Managing Editor Jill Ercolino features success stories from townships that have used impact fee revenue to complete projects that would have been impossible otherwise. To read the article, click here.
Got Historic Resources? Grants Are Available
Townships with historic resources that are listed or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places may apply for a Keystone Historic Preservation Grant from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC). Applications are due March 14.
The grants support projects that identify, preserve, promote, and protect historic and archaeological resources in Pennsylvania.
Two types of grants are available:
• Project grants fund planning and development initiatives that enhance historic preservation in communities. These may include municipal planning initiatives focusing on historic resources or may be used to meet building or project-specific planning goals. Project grants range from $5,000 to $25,000 and require a
50 percent match.
• Construction grants fund rehabilitation, preservation, and restoration activities for publicly accessible historic resources that are under nonprofit or government ownership. Grants range from $5,000 to $100,000 and require a 50 percent match.
Grants will be awarded through a competitive selection process and are contingent upon availability of funds. For more information, go to www.phmc.pa.gov, choose the “Preservation” tab, and click on “Grants and Funding.” Townships may also call Karen Arnold at (717) 783-9927 or email email@example.com.
Enter Your Transportation Project in the Road and Bridge Safety Improvement Contest
Did your township complete a great road or bridge project in 2015? You have until March 4 to enter it in the 34th Annual Road and Bridge Safety Improvement Contest.
Sponsored by PSATS, the Pennsylvania Highway Information Association, and the state Department of Transportation, the contest recognizes townships for their extensive contributions of time and effort to making roads and bridges safer for motorists.
Eligible projects include safety improvements initiated and completed in 2015 or ongoing projects begun in 2015. Entries must involve visible improvements, such as the installation of guide rails or stop signs, the widening and resurfacing of roads, bridge improvements, or the clearing of brush from a curve on a road where poor sight distance has resulted in accidents.
Education programs, stricter speed limit enforcement, and drunk driver programs, while contributing to traffic safety, are not eligible for this contest.
Entry forms for the contest will be mailed to all townships in January. The completed form must be sent to PennDOT by March 4.
Winners will be presented with a plaque or certificate at PSATS’ Annual Educational Conference in April and will be the subject of a Township News article.
For more information or to obtain an entry form for the Road and Bridge Safety Improvement Contest, call Brenda Wilt at PSATS at (717) 763-0930, ext. 123, or click here to download an entry form.
Nominate Your Township's Conservation Efforts for Government Leadership Award
Has your township exhibited leadership and success in conserving open space and natural resources? If so, nominate it for one of the Pennsylvania Land Trust Association’s 2015 Conservation Government Leadership Awards. The deadline for nominations is February 12, 2016.
The contest is open to any Pennsylvania municipal or county government that has demonstrated leadership and vision resulting in the permanent conservation of open space and valuable and unique land and/or water resources.
Eligible programs or activities include land use planning and regulations, resource protection strategies, and land or easement acquisitions.
Recognition can be based on the work of a local government, multigovernment partnership, commission, or board but must be sanctioned by the governing body or bodies.
To nominate your township, download a nomination form at conserveland.org. For more information, call Nicole Faraguna at (717) 230-8560 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have You Built a Better Mousetrap? Enter Now
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 email@example.com or (717) 763-0930, ext. 156.