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2015-16 Programs

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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!


Upcoming Classes / Events:


Dates to Remember

Thursday, May 19, 2016 - CELG and BCW&SA Golf Outing
Noon check-in, 1 p.m. tee time, 19th hole & dinner immediately following
Reading Country Club, Rain Date: May 26, 2016
More details are listed below

Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - BCW&SA Annual Conference
8 a.m.-4 p.m., Campus Center, Albright College

Newly Elected and Appointed Officials Training – Four-Night Series
Designed for elected supervisors, council members, commissioners, authority board members and new secretary/manager or authority managers.

  • Role as official on board, council or authority – Thursday, January 21
  • Executive Sessions: roles, rights and responsibilities; role of insurance – Monday, February 29
  • Financial Reporting: What is Fund Accounting? The process of reviewing and approving monthly financials, “Budget 101” – Wednesday, March 23
  • Everything you need to know, but were afraid to ask. Planning, zoning, permitting, Police Department operation; what can an elected or appointed official do in addition to normal responsibilities? – Monday, April 18. All classes taught in Roessner Hall, Albright College, Room 100, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Cost $25 per session or $60 for the series. More information to come.

Economic Regional Dinner Dates / Locations:

*The Future of Economic Development and Taxes in Berks County

Regional Berks Municipal Partnership (BMP) Spring Dinner Meetings. During the spring of 2016, CELG, the Greater Reading Economic Partnership and the Berks County Planning Commission, will host regional dinners throughout the five BMP regions to discuss the current state of the county population, jobs and taxes. Why has the county population and job growth stagnated? What are the issues? What can or should we do?

Your municipality will receive a direct invitation to attend a dinner with school district and county officials, where there will be a presentation on where we are as a county, municipality and school district. You will also learn what some of the answers and tools are for new revenues that are available to address ever-increasing property taxes. We would like to have at least two officials from each municipality in attendance.

$15.00 per person, 6:30 pm.

Northern Region – Thursday, April 21 – Haag’s Hotel – Shartlesville, PA

Eastern Region – Thursday, April 28 – Golden Oaks, Fleetwood, PA 

Western Region – Tuesday, May 24 – Green Valley Country Club, Sinking Spring, PA 

Southern Region – Thursday, June 2 – Reading Country Cub, Exeter, PA

Central Region – Wednesday’s June 22 and June 29 – Roessner Hall, Albright College, Reading, PA

APRIL 2016

Berks County Cooperative Purchasing Council
Tuesday, April 12, 1:30 p.m., Roessner Hall Meeting to discuss current bidding and potential new products and services for joint purchasing. All BCCPC members, and anyone considering membership, are welcome to attend.

Berks County Secretaries Association
Wednesday, April 13, 8:30 a.m., Roessner Hall – Topic TBD

Revised Total Coliform Rule: Compliance and Assessments
Presented by PA DEP and BCW&SA

Tuesday, April 19, 2016
9 a.m.-12 p.m. (3 Contact Hours)
Albright College, Roessner Hall

All public water systems must comply with the RTCR requirements starting April 1, 2016.

This course explains the compliance requirements with a focus on level 1 and level 2 assessments. When sampling results reveal that a water system may be vulnerable to contamination, the system must perform an assessment. During an assessment, the system examines the various elements of the water system to determine if there are any issues that require correction.

The course will cover: Sanitary defects; triggering a Level 1 or Level 2 assessment; completion of Level 1 and Level 2 assessments; deadlines for completing assessments;
MCL violations; public notification

Cost: CELG and BCW&SA members, $30/non-members, $45

Berks County Water & Sewer Association Monthly Meeting
Thursday, April 21, 8-9:30 a.m., Roessner Hall

Berks Municipal Breakfast

Friday, April 22, 2016, 8 a.m.
Hosted by the Masonic Lodge, 201 Washington Street, Birdsboro
Sponsored by Engle-Hambright & Davies, Inc. (EHD)

The Zoning Basics Course
Co-sponsored by the Berks County Planning Commission, the Berks County Bar Association and the PA State Association of Boroughs

Thursday’s April 28, May 5 and 12,  2016
6:30 - 9:30 PM
Registration at 6 PM on 4/28

Instructors are certified by the Pennsylvania Municipal Planning Education Institute (PMPEI).

Sponsors $110, Non-Sponsors $140
CLE Credits add $65.00 to the appropriate fee above.
Realtor® CE add $35.00 to the appropriate fee above. 
Make Checks payable to Albright College.

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 are eligible for 10 continuing education credits.

Who Should Attend: 
Elected officials, zoning hearing board members, solicitors, planning commissioners, zoning officers, and any other individuals interested in the topic.

Zoning is the most complex and provocative topic in planning, and this “nuts and bolts” course stresses the fundamentals of developing a sound zoning ordinance using the authority in the Municipalities Planning Code. The course starts with the evolution of zoning in the early 20th century and how it shapes the way zoning is practiced in 21st century Pennsylvania. Course topics include:

  • the relationship of zoning to comprehensive plans and the need for them to be consistent
  • understanding the terms used in zoning
  • key issues in drafting the zoning ordinance and map
  • adopting and amending ordinances
  • zoning ordinance administration
  • the use of MPC authority for joint municipal zoning, planned residential development and traditional neighborhood development options in ordinances

Built into the course are mapping exercises, reviews of zoning ordinance provisions, and discussion of problem situations.

Course Objectives
The course is designed to educate the participants in –

  • the importance of the “police power” as the foundation of zoning
  • key provisions of the PA MPC pertaining to zoning
  • the steps in drafting a zoning ordinance
  • basic and advanced techniques for regulating land use
  • the procedure for enacting and amending zoning ordinances
  • meeting their obligation to provide for all land uses

Course Content

  • The Evolution and Foundation of Zoning in PA
  • The Authority to Zone in the MPC
  • Steps in Drafting a Zoning Ordinance
  • Advanced Zoning Techniques
  • Ordinance Enactment and Amendment
  • Administering the Zoning Ordinance
  • Monitoring the Zoning Ordinance
  • Ethical Issues in Zoning


MAY 2016

Berks County Water & Sewer Association Monthly Meeting
Thursday, May 19, 8-9:30 a.m., Roessner Hall

CELG and BCW&SA Golf Outing
Thursday, May 19, noon check-in, 1 p.m. tee time, 19 hole & dinner immediately following, Reading Country Club, Rain date: May 26, 2016

Local Government Advisory Committee (LOGAC)
Thursday, May 26, 7 p.m., Roessner Hall
LOGAC is a standing committee for CELG that develops training topics and issues for consideration for the Center or the Berks County Water & Sewer Association’s (BCW&SA) attention. This meeting is for committee member but all are welcome.

Berks County Boroughs Association
Tuesday, May 31, 6:30 p.m., Roessner Hall, Topic TBD

JUNE 2016

Berks County Secretaries Association
Wednesday, June 8, 8:30 a.m., Roessner Hall

Berks County Water & Sewer Association Monthly Meeting
Thursday, June 16, 8-9:30 a.m., Roessner Hall

Berks Municipal Partnership
Thursday, June 30, 7 p.m., Roessner Hall
The BMP addresses both county and regional issues, which the Berks County Commissioners have with municipalities, or which municipalities have with the Commissioners.

JULY 2016

Berks County Cooperative Purchasing Council
Tuesday, July 12, 1:30 p.m., Roessner Hall
Meeting to discuss current bidding and potential new products and services for joint purchasing. All BCCPC members, and anyone considering membership, are welcome to attend.

Berks County Water and Sewer Association (BCW&SA) 4th annual conference
Wednesday, July 27, 8 a.m.– 4 p.m., Campus Center, Albright College

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