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2014-15 Programs

Now accepting secure online payments with your credit card or electronic check!
PLEASE NOTE that online payment is preferred for online registrations for events that include a fee. Please also note the registration choices available for each event. If you need help or more information, please contact Andrea Weist!

 

September Classes / Events:


The Community Planning Course

Co-sponsored by the Berks County Planning Commission, the Berks County Bar Association, and the Pennsylvania Municipal Planning Education Institute

Date/Time
September 18, 25, and October 2, 2014
6:30 - 9:30 PM (check-in at 6:00 PM on 9/18)

Location
Albright College
Roessner Hall, Classroom TBD

Instructors
John Kramer, CELG Director Emeritus and Shannon Rossman, Director, Berks County Planning Commission

Program Fees
Sponsors  $110
Non-Sponsors  $140
CLE Credits add $65 to the appropriate fee above
Please make check payable to“Albright College”.

Registration:
Pre-registration is required. Space is limited. .Deadline – September 12

Master Planner Certification& Continuing Education Units

Participants will receive 9 hours of credit toward Master Planner certification by the Berks County Planning Commission, attorneys are eligible for 9 Continuing Legal Education Units (CLE), and real estate appraisers, and Code Enforcement Officials are  eligible  for 9 continuing education credits

Course Description

This 3-session course includes in-depth instruction on the PA Municipalities Planning Code and the technical components of land use planning and regulation, as well as guidance for building effective working relationships among the commission members, the governing body, and the public. The course is designed to provide planning commissioners and other officials with the basic information they need to effectively fulfill their responsibilities and to assist other local officials in understanding the land use planning process. Hands-on experience and discussion are built into each session.

Course Content

  1. The PA Municipalities Planning Code (MPC)
  2. The Duties of Planning Commissions
  3. The Comprehensive Plan
  4. Plan Implementation, Including Zoning and Subdivision and Land Development
  5. Effective Planning Commissions
Who Should Attend:  This course is intended primarily for new planning commissioners, but is also helpful for experienced planning commissioners, elected officials, zoning board members, professional planners and other individuals interested in this topic.  This is the last chance to complete this component of the Master Planner Certification prior to the 2014 Awards Ceremony on October 14, 2014.

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Berks Municipal Partnership, Quarterly Meeting

Thursday, Sept. 25, 7 p.m.
Roessner Hall, Albright College

Learn about the countywide Local Economic Revitalization Tax Assistance (LERTA) being proposed by the Berks County Commissioners.

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Governor Mifflin Area Coordinating Council

Monday, Sept. 29, 7 p.m.
Location TBD

Municipalities and the School District of Governor Mifflin cooperating on coordinated programs, such as recreation planning, business development and public works projects.

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Pipeline Planning to Reduce Risks Presentations

Dates/Times
Monday, September 29, 2014
7:00 PM at Cedar Crest College

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - PLEASE NOTE: that the event on 9/30 at Albright is NOT open to the public and is intended for municipal officials only!
6:30 PM at Albright College

Locations
Cedar Crest College
Alumnae Hall Auditorium
100 College Drive,
Allentown, PA 18104 

Albright College
Roessner Hall, Room 100
1940 North 13th Street
Reading, PA

Speakers
Julanne Skinner, LWVPA-CEF
Gary Kraft, Mayor, Mohnton Borough, President BCBA
Paul Janssen, Director, CELG
John Gaadt, Gaadt Perspectives, LLC.
Dr. Roberta Winters, LWVPA Pipeline Study

Program Fees- No Cost

Who Should Attend: 

Local governing board members, mayors, municipal managers and secretaries, planning commissioners, municipal solicitors and engineers,  and other individuals with economic development responsibilities or interest in the topic.

Description:

During the Spring of 2014, The Center for Excellence in Local Government was approached by the Pennsylvania League of Women Voters to collaborate on a review of the current planning and regulatory controls in place to manage both existing and future natural gas pipelines in the four county regions of Berks, Bucks, Lehigh and Northampton. During the summer a team of Berks County officials (Gary Kraft, Paul Janssen, Cheryl Auchenbach, Planner III, Berks County Planning Commission, Brian Potts, Township Manager, Bern Township, and Jim Moll, Director of Engineering & Planning, Spring Township), worked with John Gaadt, Gaadt Perspectives, and League of Women Voters representatives Julianne Skinner and Dr.Roberta Winters to examine the burgeoning pipeline business in our four county region.

Pipelines are expanding throughout the Commonwealth to transmit natural gas resources extracted from shale formations.  To address the need to plan for public safety around existing and proposed transmission lines, the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania- Citizen Education Fund (LWVPA-CEF) was awarded funding by the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), Technical Assistance Grant entitled Pennsylvania Pipelines: Providing an Ounce of Prevention.

One initiative of this project was a planning session/workshop held cooperatively by the LWVPA-CEF and the Center for Excellence in Local Government at Albright College on June 18, 2014.  Participants examined the issues surrounding pipeline safety in relation to zoning and development adjacent to, or near, existing and/or proposed underground pipelines. The process included a review of the 200+ page Pipelines and Informed Planning Alliance (PIPA) document and associated PIPA guidelines as well as the creation of a summary product. This end result references the PIPA recommendations and highlights a process that municipalities might implement to address pipeline risks associated with existing or new pipelines.

The second phase of the project is presentation of the workshop findings to local government officials and others in the Lehigh Valley that includes Berks, Bucks, Lehigh and Northampton Counties.

This program is intended to raise awareness of the PIPA recommendations, encourage proactive consideration of pipeline safety in planning endeavors, and provide sample ordinances for review by county planning commissions, county commissioners, and local municipalities as related to proposed and existing pipelines

CELG would like to thank the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania-Citizen Education Fund for its efforts in relation to this. This event is funded through a grant awarded to the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania- Citizen Education Fund by the U.S Department of Transportation’s, Pipeline, and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), Technical Assistance Grant entitled Pennsylvania Pipelines: Providing an Ounce of Prevention funded through US DOT Tag Grant DTPH56-12-G-PHPT06.

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Berks County Boroughs Association

Tuesday, Sept. 30, 6 p.m.
Roessner Hall, Room TBD, Albright College

LOCAL PRESENTATION OF GAS LINE SAFETY PLANNING AND NEW TECHNIQUES IN DEVELOPMENT REGULATION (SEE SEPT. 29 EVENT ABOVE)

No cost.

Who Should Attend: Any Berks County borough official, council member, mayor, manager or secretary.

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October Classes / Events:

Municipal Secretaries Association Meeting

Wednesday, Oct. 8, 8:30 a.m.

Location TBD – Fee $10.00

Topics include meeting management and electronic/tablet software.

Email your RSVP to Andrea Weist, aweist@alb.edu

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CELLULAR ATTACK – the invasion of the small cell towers!

Thursday, Oct. 9, 7:00 p.m.
Roessner Hall, Room TBD, Albright College

Mini cell towers have already been placed in sections of the city of Reading and Muhlenberg township. These towers range in size from 30 to 45 feet high and are located in the public right of way, and in most cases, in front of residential properties. Without proper zoning, municipalities have little to no control over their placement and height. The Cohen Law Group, experts in cable and telecommunication law, will be present to discuss what this new technology looks like and how it is used. Cost is $20.

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Berks County Cooperative Purchasing Council Meeting

Tuesday, Oct. 14, 1:30 p.m.
Campus Center South Lounge, Albright College

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CELG Open House

OCT. 14, 2014
Open House 5:30–8 p.m., Special Program 6:30 p.m.

CELEBRATE THE OPENING OF JOHN K. ROESSNER III '61 HALL
The new home for The Center for Excellence in Local Government and the Berks County Water & Sewer Association

Drinks and hors d'oeuvres will be served. Tours of Roessner Hall, as well as the recently relocated BCTV headquarters, located next door to Roessner Hall, will be given. For more information, contact Andrea Weist at the Center for Excellence in Local Government at 610-929-6503 or aweist@alb.edu.

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Berks County Water and Sewer Association Monthly Meeting

Thursday Oct. 16, 8 a.m
Roessner Hall, Room TBD, Albright College

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Berks Municipal Partnership Breakfast with the Berks County Commissioners

Friday, Oct. 17, 8-10 a.m.
Kutztown Fire Company

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Berks County Boroughs Assoc. Meeting

Tuesday, Oct. 28, 6:30 p.m.
Roessner Hall, Room TBD, Albright College

Join us for a code enforcement panel discussion

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Municipal Law Forum

OCT. 29, 2014
5:30-9 p.m.
The Inn at Reading

5:30-6:30 p.m. Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres
6:30-8:30 p.m. Presentations and discussions

Presentations including:

  • Volunteer fire companies
  • Affordable Care Act
  • Annual case law and legislative update
  • Basics of zoning, municipal documents and record keeping
  • Municipal collections

For more information contact Andrea Weist at the Center for Excellence in Local Government at 610-929-6503 or Jim Lillis or Joan London at Kozloff Stoudt at 610-670-2552.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Local Government at Albright College and Kozloff Stoudt Attorneys.

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November Classes / Events:

Subdivision and Land Development Review Course

Co-sponsored by the Berks County Planning Commission, the Berks County Bar Association, and the Pennsylvania Municipal Planning Education Institute

Date/Time
Thursdays, November 6, 13, 20, 2014
6:30 - 9:30 PM  (check-in at 6:00 PM on 5/1)

Location
Albright College
13th and Bern Streets
Reading

Instructors
The course is taught by Instructors certified by the Pennsylvania Municipal Planning Educa­tion Institute (PMPEI).

Program Fees
Sponsors  $110
Non-Sponsors  $120
CLE Credits add $65 to the appropriate fee above

Please make check payable to “Albright College”.

Registration:
Pre-registration is required.

Master Planner Certification & Continuing Education Units

Participants will receive 9 hours of credit toward Master Planner certification by the Berks County Planning Commission, attorneys are eligible for 9 Continuing Legal Education Units (CLE), and real estate appraisers, brokers and salesmen are eligible for 10 continuing education credits.

Local Economic Revitalization Tax Assistance (LERTA) Workshop

Monday, Nov. 10, 7 p.m.
Roessner Hall, Albright College

The Berks County Commissioners are proposing a countywide Local Economic Revitalization Tax Assistance (LERTA) to assist in economic development opportunities. The workshop will focus on the critical aspects of the benefits and issues related to a LERTA. No fee.

Registration: Pre-registration required, space limited, deadline Nov. 19

Who should attend: Elected officials, managers, secretaries, economic development officials, and planning commission members.

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Berks County Water and Sewer Association Monthly Meeting

Thursday, Nov. 20, 8 a.m.
Roessner Hall, Room TBD, Albright College

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Governor Mifflin Coordinating Committee

Monday, Nov. 24, 7 p.m.
Location TBD

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December Classes / Events:

Gas Line Safety Planning and New Techniques in Development Regulation

Co-sponsored with the Pennsylvania League of Women Voters - Citizen Education Fund

Thursday, Dec.11, 7 p.m.
Roessner Hall, Room TBD, Albright College

The purpose of this workshop is to highlight the existing and potential new pipelines being proposed in Berks County.

Pipelines are a reality in this region of the Commonwealth as industry develops methods to deliver the new sources of natural gas found in northeastern Pennsylvania. The project is funded through a grant awarded to the Pennsylvania State League of Women Voters - Citizen Education Fund by the U.S. Department of Transportation, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), Technical Assistance Grant Pennsylvania Pipelines: Providing an Ounce of Prevention. The 200+ Pipelines and Informed Planning Alliance guidelines will be reviewed and a working document will be developed to be shared with municipalities throughout Berks, Bucks, Lehigh and Northampton counties. This document will reference the PIPA document, providing a simplified process for municipalities to follow.

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Berks County Water and Sewer Association Monthly Meeting

Thursday, Dec. 18, 8 a.m.
Roessner Hall, Room TBD, Albright College

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Berks Municipal Partnership, Quarterly Meeting

Thursday, Dec. 18, 7 p.m.
Roessner Hall, Albright College

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2015 Significant Classes / Events:
 

  • Pennsylvania Land Use Institute
    Saturday, March 7, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.Roessner Hall, Albright College

  • Berks County Municipal Officials Dinner
    Thursday, March 26, 6-8:30 p.m.Reading Country Club

  • Inaugural Center for Excellence in Local Government Golf Outing
    Thursday, May 14, 1-8 p.m.Reading Country Club

  • Third Annual Berks County Water and Sewer Association Conference
    Wednesday, July 29, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.Campus Center, Albright College

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Center for Excellence in Local Government
C/O Albright College
P.O. Box 15234
Roessner Hall
Reading, PA 19612-5234
Office Hours
Mon-Fri 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Voice:  610.929.6503
Fax:    610.921.7278
E-mail: pjanssen@alb.edu


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