Links to Key Resources


  • Act 13 of 2012 Information: Act 13 amended Title 58 (Oil and Gas) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, by providing an impact fee on unconventional gas wells and regulations relating to oil and gas operations.
     
  • 2010 Census Data for Pennsylvania Municipalities
     
  • Act 90 of 2010 (SB 900), the Neighborhood Blight Reclamation and Revitalization Act: The Neighborhood Blight Revitalization and Reclamation Act enables townships to hold owners of blighted property responsible for the costs of repair or demolition. (Please Note: The Act begins on page 4)
     
  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania: The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania site includes information and links to the state agencies, online services, and latest news.
     
  • COSTARS: COSTARS is a cooperative purchasing program that townships can become a part of to purchase goods and services from state contracts as well as through state and federal surplus programs. The program is overseen by the Department of General Services.
     
  • DCED Publications: The Department of Community and Economic Development maintains a library of publications on local government issues. Included in this library are handbooks for elected and appointed officials, such as township supervisors, solicitors, secretaries, and auditors, as well as information on planning and zoning.
     
  • Document Retention and Disposition Schedules from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission: These schedules, approved by the Local Government Records Commission, tell townships how long they must retain various kinds of records. These schedules play a key role in local government records management.
     
  • eLibrary: The Pennsylvania eLibrary is an electronic database and clearinghouse of planning and land use documents for the commonwealth's municipalities. Documents includes comprehensive plans, zoning ordinances, and subdivision and land development ordinances.
     
  • Emergency Management Handbook for Local Officials: The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) produced this handbook to help elected officials comply with the emergency management program requirements.
  • Pennsylvania General Assembly: The General Assembly is Pennsylvania's legislative branch of government, commonly referred to as the State Legislature, that consists of the Senate and the House of Representatives. The General Assembly's site includes information on the members of the legislature, proposed and enacted legislation, and the Pennsylvania Code.
     
  • Pennsylvania Labor Relations Advisory Service: PELRAS, a program co-sponsored by PSATS and the Pennsylvania League of Cities and Municipalities, offers its members comprehensive training; legal representation and counseling at reduced rates; the results of a wage and benefits survey; a bimonthly newsletter addressing key labor issues; continuing education credits; and a Quick Call consultation service. For more information, toownships may click the link above or contact Jean C. Pugh at jpugh@plcm.org or (800) 922-8063.
     
  • Pennsylvania Office of Open Records: The Office of Open Records is a key source of information on Pennsylvania's Right-to-Know Law and has information for townships, including the fee schedule for providing copies of records, the regulations for filing an appeal, and copies of the office's final determinations.
     
  • Road Sign Specifications: State regulation requires that signs purchased for use on local roads comply with PennDot Publication 236M, Handbook of Approved Signs.
     
  • Second Class Township Code
     
  • Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s) General Permit (PAG-13): In April, the state Department of Environmental Protection published the permit application that townships designated as MS4s must use to apply for their renewal of the NPDES permit governing their municipal stormwater management programs.
     
  • Township Supervisors Handbook: Manual Produced by the state Department of Community & Economic Development regarding the duties of township supervisors.
     
  • U.S. Flag Code: This report presents the United States "Flag Code" as found in Title 4 of the United States Code and the section of Title 36 which designates the "Star-Spangled Banner" as the national anthem and provides instructions on how to display the flag during its rendition. The "Flag Code" includes instructions and rules on such topics as the pledge of allegiance, display and use of the flag by civilians, time and occasions for display, position and manner of display, and how to show respect for the flag.
     
  • The White House: Official White House site presents issue positions, news, Cabinet members, appointments, and offices as well as major speeches.