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Table top exercise Training for Water / and Waste Water Operators
Friday, September 16 – 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. –Albright College – Roessner Hall.
The "Compromised Drinking Water" tabletop exercise training is sponsored by the Berks County Water and Sewer Association (BCWSA), and hosted by Albright College-Center for Excellence in Local Government & the Berks County Water & Sewer Association.
This is a discussion-based exercise designed to bring organizations, agencies, authorities, state, local and federal officials together in a collaborative environment. 3.0 contact hours for attendees.
$50.00 (includes registration and refreshments)
Municipal Law Forum
September 28, 2016
Fishpond West, 100 Swiftwater Ln,
Reading, PA 19601
5 p.m. Registration
6 p.m. Dinner
6:30 p.m. Presentations and discussions
Susan L. Bucknum, Esq., Senior Deputy Attorney General, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania will be our Special Guest Speaker. Ms. Bucknum currently manages the Agriculture, Communities and Rural Environment (ACRE) program, involving review of municipal ordinances regulating agricultural activities to determine if such ordinances conflict with state law.
Limited seating, early registration is encouraged. For more information contact Andrea Weist at the Center for Excellence in Local Government at 610-929-6503 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
Agricultural Expansion and Construction 101
The facts surrounding the Emerging Poultry Industry in Berks County
Will you be ready when the land development application arrives!
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
4:00-8:00 PM (Working Dinner provided)
Albright College, Roessner Hall
Chris Hartman, HVM&L
Dean Druckenmiller and Kevin Witmier, BCCD,
Shannon Rossman and Michelle Franklin, BCPC,
Tami Hildebrand, BCDA,
and representatives from Farming, Engineering, the Commonwealth will be in attendance.
$30.00 per person – includes dinner.
Make Checks payable to Albright College.
Who Should Attend:
Municipalities with operating or proposed poultry operations. Municipalities with Clean and Green Ag Preservation, Supervisors, Commissioners, and Council Members, Planning Commissioners and Zoning Hearing Board Members, Professional Staff, Engineers, Solicitors.
The facts surrounding the construction of new, large agricultural buildings in Berks County - will you be ready when a land development application arrives?
Recently Berks County has experienced a surge in the local poultry industry. From chickens to duck to turkeys and hatcheries and broilers, poultry farms are being proposed across the county. What are the facts, the impacts, the issues to understand, the negatives and the positives when constructing new, large agricultural buildings? How do you manage these sectors of the ag industry which looks like they will only expand? Whether you are a Supervisor, Councilman, Commissioner, Manager, Secretary, Planner, and of course a farmer, this workshop will detail what you need to know about existing, proposed, and potential large agricultural operations.
Poultry and dairy operations are regulated by the Commonwealth, so if you have land zoned for agriculture, or land enrolled in an Agricultural Security Area or the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program, municipal Zoning and SALDO regulations for poultry and dairy operations cannot exceed certain limits imposed by the Commonwealth.
The necessity exists to evaluate alternative Best Management Practices (BMPs) and the permitting process for the construction of large agricultural operations with regards to storm water retention, manure composting, truck and traffic access, smell, and health and safety, while also maintaining the maximum amount of land in agricultural production. Berks County is experiencing an increase in the submission of land development plans to construct new poultry and dairy operations; however, the amount of land required to address storm water retention areas as well as the lengthy permitting process, are valid concerns within the agricultural community.
A panel of local stakeholders, including such representatives from an agricultural engineering firm; a township supervisor; a Solicitor; the County Planning Commission; the Conservation District; and a farmer among others will present the issues and discuss potentially less intrusive alternatives that could be applied to manage storm water, meet regulatory requirements, and ultimately maximize the use of available farmland. Findings gleaned from this workshop will be submitted to PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) for its consideration.
SMART GROWTH STARTS TODAY: Open House
Center for Excellence in Local Government • Smart Growth Alliance of Berks County • Berks County Water & Sewer Association
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
5:30-8:30 p.m., Roessner Hall, Albright College • Program starts at 6:30 p.m.
Master Planner/Advanced Master Planner Awards • Smart Growth Alliance Award • Private Sponsor Recognition
Guest speaker, Jane Lipton, Executive Director, Manayunk Development Corporation (MDC)
The MDC was formed in 1992 as a nonprofit corporation with both a primary business development mission and a cooperating community development mission. Lipton will speak about the revitalization of Manayunk, the MDC’s role, and provide incite that will help in the future sustainability of the Penn Street Corridor/Schuylkill Riverfront redevelopment.
Drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be served.
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