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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!


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

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

Albright College
13th and Bern Streets

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”.

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

Local Economic Revitalization Tax Assistance (LERTA) Act, Act 76 of 1977

Forum through the Berks Municipal Partnership for additional issues of mutual concern for County, Municipal and School District policy and programs.

The Berks Municipal Partnership at the request of Berks County Commissioner Christian Leinbach is sponsoring a meeting of officials from Berks' Municipalities, School Districts, County Departments, and Economic Development officials to explore the LERTA Act and how it works. As you know, Commercial and industrial development is critical to the economic health of all of Berks County and its residents. The LERTA Act works to improve these two industries exclusively; by means of improvement on blighted and impoverished properties.

Any appropriate school district official (School Board members or Finance Officials) to attend the workshop where the LERTA act will be explored. The LERTA legislation is being used in numerous projects in Berks County. Commissioner Leinbach would like to introduce the idea, and details, of a County-wide program.

As an additional goal of the workshop, Commissioner Leinbach is interested in hearing your thoughts both positive and negative. While it must be introduced by municipalities, this workshop will give you the opportunity to learn about the legislation, how it works, and how to move forward into planning stages on this innovative business incentive program.

We are anticipating the setup of the workshop will allow school district and municipal officials to sit together to use strategic breaks in the presentation to discuss aspects of LERTA and provide feedback on issues raised. The workshop will conclude with a final session for dialogue with fellow municipal officials, in attendance.

Questions?? Call or email Andrea Weist, 610-929-6503 - aweist@albright.edu

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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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Pipeline Maintenance: Dechlorination, Locating and Leak Detection

Sponsored by: Berks County Water and Sewer Association & American Water Works Association – PA Section

Friday, November 21, 2014
7:30 AM registration
8:00 a.m. – 12:30 PM (Lunch included)

Greg Picher - AP Certified Testing, "Utility Products & Services"

Albright College – Roessner Hall
N. 13th and Rockland Streets, Reading, PA

Program Fees:
Center Sponsors: $40 per person
BCW&S Members $30 per person
Non-Center Member $60 per person
(Includes Lunch)

On Friday, November 21st - The Berks County Water and Sewer Association in association with American Water Works Association will be holding a seminar on Pipeline Maintenance: Dechlorination, Locating and Leak Detection.

Course Content

  • Dechlorination
  • Locating Pipelines
  • Leak Detection

The 3 part course addresses distribution issues that will enable personnel to be compliant to specific agencies in the States of Pennsylvania and Maryland. Dechlorination and leak detection are regulated by PADEP, PA Fish and Game Commission, and MDE. Whereas pipeline locating is overseen by PA Onecall and Miss Utility (MD & DE). All water discharges (potable & super chlorinated) without treatment are a threat to aquatic life. There are several methods that are very effective in neutralizing CL2 or Chloramines. Locating pipelines and valves can be difficult at times. The various locators available as well as locating tips can be helpful to improve results. Leak detection is a challenging task, but absolutely necessary due to potential loss of revenue. Water audits aid in determining your system's unaccountable water loss. Proper equipment, survey techniques, and the right technician are imperative to find leaks on the first dig.

Approved Industry: Drinking Water and Wastewater

This class is approved for 3.0 Contact hours for Water and Wastewater.

Who Should Attend:
Water and Wastewater operators, Water Utility Managers, Supervisors, Field Personnel, Engineering Consultants, Professional Locators & Leak Detection Experts Authority Board members, Municipal Managers, Engineers, and other individuals with interest in the topic

Lunch will be provided

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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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