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2017 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!


Cancellation Policy
Registrations include facilities, and/or food, refreshments. Accordingly, registrations must be cancelled no later than 5 days prior to the event. CELG reserves the right to charge registration fees for cancellations after the 5-day window.

Upcoming Classes / Events:


Berks Municipal Partnership Breakfast
April 21, 2107
Oley Fire Company, 477A Main Street, Oley, PA
Doors Open at 7:40 a.m., breakfast will be served at 8 a.m.

As municipal officials, we make it our personal priority to reach out to the local leaders who serve every community we represent. We want to continue to cultivate these relationships to improve constituent services.

We are again pleased to partner with the Berks Municipal Partnership, one of the components of the Albright College, Center for Excellence in Local Government, to co-host two breakfast meetings for the municipal government officials in Berks County in 2017 and would like to invite you to attend our first breakfast.

Breakfast 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.

Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Workshops

Introduction to MS4/ Effective Municipal Operations/ PRP and TDML requirements and Costs

Building on the CELG 11th Annual Dinner keynote address, and in cooperation with the Berks County MS4 Steering Committee, CELG is holding three different three-part workshops to provide the background details regarding the newly expanded MS4 Program. While the MS4 Program has been in existence for almost 20 years with relatively minor costs, for most municipalities this will change with the 2017 permit submission on September 16, 2017. In most cases, the new permit requires the development of a formal plan with governing body approval, at least 45 days in advance of submission of the plan. The 45 days is required for municipal publication for public comment and review. In essence, your plan must be completed for your municipal approval during the month of July 2017.

The costs associated with the new permit requirements could be substantial. The permit application requires that you identify how the program will be funded, whether by tax increases or other means. Are you prepared to respond to your citizens as they question these increased costs? Are you prepared to understand what your municipality should be doing to withstand an audit by the EPA with resultant fines for deficiencies in your MCM performance? These workshops are designed to provide a basic understanding of the MS4 Program so that attendees can properly understand the requirements and monitor and explain the costs associated with the new program requirements. In addition, your attendance at the workshops provides credit for two of the MCM requirements of the program. Each three-part workshop series will be the same presentation allowing you to attend different dates or times, as to accommodate schedule conflicts.

Who should attend: All elected officials, managers and secretaries, municipal engineers not familiar with the program requirements, roadmasters, municipal appointed volunteers or paid personnel responsible for the MS4 Program.

Cost: $10 per session or all 3 for $15

When: (Multiple sessions available for all 3 topics)

  • Introduction to MS4
    April 26 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.; April 27, 8 a.m.
  • Effective Municipal Operations
    May 8, 8 a.m.; May 9, 3 p.m.; May 10, 7 p.m.
  • PRP and TDML Requirements and Costs
    June 6, 8 a.m.; June 7, 3 p.m.; June 8, 7 p.m.

Where: Roessner Hall, Room 100, Albright College

Instructors: Berks County elected or appointed officials, Municipal Engineers and Consultants

***PLEASE NOTE: Online registrations for the MS4 workshops will only allow ONE registrant at a time. Additional registrants will require separate registrations.***

The Zoning Basics Course
Thursdays, May 18, 25, June 1, 2017
6:30 - 9:30 PM (check-in at 6:00 PM on 5/18

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

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

Program Fees
Class Fee $95
Refreshments for all 3 classes $15
CLE Credits add $65
Realtor® CE add $35

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.

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

  1. The Evolution and Foundation of Zoning in PA
  2. The Authority to Zone in the MPC
  3. Steps in Drafting a Zoning Ordinance
  4. Advanced Zoning Techniques
  5. Ordinance Enactment and Amendment
  6. Administering the Zoning Ordinance
  7. Monitoring the Zoning Ordinance
  8. Ethical Issues in Zoning

Real Estate CE Approval Number:  RECE003869

Thursday, May 11
CELG and BCW&SA Golf Outing
Noon check-in, 1 p.m. tee time, 19 hole & dinner following
Reading Country Club

Please visit the Golf Outing website for details and registration.

Shoring Repair and Restoration
Sponsored by Exeter Supply Co., Inc.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017
7:30 a.m. Registration • 8-11:30 a.m. Program
Auditorium, Berks County Agricultural Center, 1238 County Road, Leesport 19533

This class will address three phases from trench safety options, repair and restoration:

  • Portable shoring/trench box
  • Hydraulic tools and pumps
  • Asphalt surface restoration

Operators may earn three water and three wastewater credit hours.

This course is also appropriate for municipal employees to learn safety protocols.

$45 members (BCWSA/CELG), $55 non-members

Friday, July 14
Berks County Boroughs Association Picnic
5 p.m. Registration
Maier’s Grove, Blandon, Pa.

Wednesday, July 26
BCW&SA Annual Conference
8 a.m.-4 p.m., Campus Center, Albright College


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Roessner Hall

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