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2015 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!

March Classes / Events:

Pennsylvania Land Use Institute, New Tools and Opportunities for Advancing Sound Land Use – Pipelines/Source Water/New Curbside Cellular Mini Towers and the land use legal briefing.
Saturday, March 7, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. (snow date: March 14)
This class is an Advanced Master Planner class and can be used for four credits for the Advanced Master Planner certificate

Berks County Water & Sewer Assoc. EPA Training
Tuesday/Wednesday March 17 & 18, 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
VSAT Training - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) Vulnerability Self-Assessment Tool (VSAT) is designed to assist water and wastewater utilities of all sizes with determining vulnerabilities to manmade and natural hazards and evaluating potential improvements. Limited registration. Details pending.

Berks County Water and Sewer Assoc. Monthly Meeting
Thursday, March 19, 8 a.m. Meeting to discuss programs, training and workshops related to the Association. General membership meeting. All BCW&SA membership and anyone considering joining are welcome to attend.

9th Annual Berks Municipal Officials Dinner
Hosted by the Berks County Association of Boroughs, Berks County Association of Township Officials, Berks Municipal Partnership, City of Reading, County of Berks and First Class Township Commissioners.

Thursday, March 26, 6:30 p.m

It is a New Day! Dennis M. Davin shares his vision for Commonwealth, county and municipal interaction as he begins his tenure as acting secretary for the Department of Community and Economic Development.

6 p.m., Hors d'oeuvres (cash bar available) • 6:30 p.m., Dinner ($15.00 per person)
7:30 p.m., Keynote Speaker – Dennis M. Davin, Acting Secretary, Department of Community and Economic Development
Following keynote address, presentation of the Fourth Annual Richard C. Trostle Intergovernmental Cooperation Award

Berks County Boroughs Assoc. Bimonthly Meeting
Tuesday, March 31, 6:30 p.m. Topic: Berks County Law Enforcement Assessment – Local Look (Part 1)

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April Classes / Events:

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 9, 16, 23, 2015
6:30 - 9:30 PM
Registration at 6 PM on 4/9

Albright College Campus Center
13th & Bern Street

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

Program Fees
Sponsors  $110, Non-Sponsors  $140
CLE Credits add $110 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

Berks County Secretaries Association
Wednesday, April 8, 8:30 a.m. Topic: Personal Safety Part 2 – Police chiefs and secretaries encouraged to attend. Follow up on issues of building and personal safety.

Berks County Joint Purchasing Council (BCCPC) Quarterly Meeting
Tuesday, April 14, 1:30 p.m. Meeting to discuss current bidding and potential new products and services for joint purchasing. All BCCPC membership and anyone considering membership are welcome to attend.

BCTV – Tune In Local Government in Berks
Tuesday, April 14, 7 p.m., one-hour, live TV show

Berks County Water & Sewer Assoc. (BCW&SA) Monthly Meeting
Thursday, April 16, 8 a.m. Meeting to discuss programs, training and workshops related to the Association. General membership meeting. All BCW&SA membership and anyone considering joining are welcome to attend.

Berks County Municipal Officials Breakfast with the Commissioners
South, East and Central Regions – Hosted by the Keystone Water Rescue Team
Keystone Fire Company at 240 N Walnut St., Boyertown
Sponsored by National Penn Bank.

Doors will open at 7:40am with breakfast being served at 8:00am. Breakfast will be followed by a Presentation by the EMS Working Group on the topic of Ambulance Service in Berks County. This presentation will be followed by brief Commissioners’ remarks and an opportunity for you to identify and discuss other issues of concern in your region. We will adjourn no later than 10:00am.

Please register for the April 24th breakfast no later than April 15, 2015 or email Andrea at aweist@albright.edu.

Green Storm Water Infrastructure

Guidelines for Ordinances, Design & Implementation of environmentally friendly techniques in new and existing development applications. 3 hours of Advanced Master Planner Credit Hours.

Wednesday, April 22 6:30 pm

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

Jerome Skrincosky, Hawk Valley Assoc.
David Schwartz, CHPlanning
James McCarthy, McCarthy Engineering
Shannon Rossman, BCPC

Program Fees
Center Sponsors: $50 per person for one official - $90 for two officials - $120 for three officials.
Non-Sponsors: $60 per person for one official - $110 for two officials, $150 for three officials.

Please make checks payable to Albright College.

Advanced Master Planning
This is a core workshop required for Advanced Master Planner (AMP) recognition.  Master Planner will receive 2.5 hours of credit towards AMP status.

Attorneys are eligible for 2.5 Continuing Legal Education Units (CLE)

Course Description:
Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) is a concept that brings together contemporary planning and engineering approaches to resolve the challenges associated with stormwater management in our community.  It is based upon a community development vision in order to establish practical stormwater solutions considering land use, topographical, environmental and hydrological challenges. The concept provides focus on the following issues:

  • What is Green Stormwater Infrastructure and why it is important
  • Incorporating GSI in Development and redevelopment
  • Example ordinances and initiatives
  • Funding Options
  • Floodplain management and development strategies
  • Best Practices
  • Recruit partners and create capacity for implementation
  • Monitor, review and evaluate the merits of the program

The course is intended to provide guidance to our municipal officials so they can initiate solutions within our communities.  Our instructors have a significant amount of experience representing municipalities attempting to use GSI as tool for implementing the overall community vision.  This course shall demonstrate how GSI can be effectively utilized these planning and engineering techniques that are intended to advance realistic improvements.

Who Should Attend:

Local governing board members, planning commission members, mayors, municipal managers and secretaries, solicitors, engineers, planners, zoning officers, community advisors and other individuals with an interest in the topic

Local Government Advisory Committee (LOGAC) Quarterly Meeting
Thursday, April 30, 7 p.m. Standing committee for CELG; develops training topics and issues for consideration for the center or the Berks County Water & Sewer Association's (BCW&SA) attention. This is for committee membership; however, all are welcome.

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May Classes / Events:

Center for Excellence in Local Government Golf Outing
Thursday, May 14, noon, Reading Country Club More details to come!

Berks County Water and Sewer Association Monthly Meeting
Thursday, May 21, 8 a.m. Meeting to discuss programs, training and workshops related to the Association. General membership meeting. All BCW&SA membership and anyone considering joining are welcome to attend.

Governor Mifflin Area Coordinating Council (GMACC)
Tuesday, May 26, 7 p.m., location TBD
The GMACC addresses issues of concern for school district and member municipalities; attendance open to Governor Mifflin school district and municipalities.

Berks County Boroughs Association Bimonthy Meeting
Wednesday May 27, 6:30 p.m. Topic: Local Law enforcement assessment: the county perspective (Part 2). All are welcome.

Berks Municipal Partnership (BMP) Quarterly Meeting
Thursday, May 28, 7 p.m. Meeting to discuss areas of mutual concern for Berks Municipalities and Berks County. BMP membership only.

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Summer Classes / Events:

Berks County Secretaries Association
Wednesday, June 10, 8:30 a.m., Roessner Hall, Albright College
Topic TBD

Berks County Boroughs Association Annual Clam Bake
Friday, July 17, 5 p.m. Maier's Picnic Grove, Blandon, Pa.

Third Annual Berks County Water & Sewer Assoc. Conference
Wednesday, July 29, 8 a.m.–4 p.m., Albright College

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