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2014 Programs

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PLEASE NOTE that online payment is preferred for online registrations. Please also note the registration choices available for each event. If you need help or more information, please contact Andrea Weist!


April Classes / Events:

Advanced Master Planner Series - Issues-Based Planning

Monday, April 14, 2014
6:30 - 9:30 PM

Albright College - Campus Center
13th & Bern Street

Jerome Skrincosky, Hawk Valley Assoc.
David Schwartz, CHPlanning
Denny Puko, PA DCED
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.
CLE Credits – add $65 to the appropriate fee above.

Advanced Master Planning and Continuing Legal Education Credits
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:

Issues-Based Planning is a relatively new concept that re-organizes municipal plans around specific community issues, while meeting MPC requirements. It is based upon a community visioning process that identifies a small number of specific issues and focuses efforts on project implementation in the short term. The concept provides focus on the following fundamental principals:

  • Focus the plan on relevant and real community issues
  • Organize the plan the way local officials and citizen think
  • Consider innovative and flexible land use policies
  • Build a consensus through communication
  • Devise practical and workable recommendations
  • Develop a functional strategic action plan
  • Recruit partners and create capacity for implementation
  • Take control of the stewardship responsibilities of the plan
  • Monitor, review and evaluate the merits of the plan

The course is intended to provide guidance to our municipal officials so they can effectively lead our communities into the foreseeable future. Our instructors have a significant amount of experience representing municipalities attempting to identify community issues and how to build a consensus predicated on practical solutions. This course shall demonstrate how Issues-Based Planning can be utilized in the planning process to focus our communities on project implementation to advance realistic improvements and to help spur a positive transformative change.

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.

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Berks County Water and Sewer Association - Monthly Meeting

Thursday, April 17, 8 a.m., Albright College Campus Center, Fireside Lounge

Berks County Municipal Officials Breakfast with the Commissioners

Friday, April 25, 8 a.m. - The Masonic Lodge, 201 Washington Street, Birdsboro, PA

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May Classes / Events:

Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance

Thursdays, May 1, 8, 15, 2014
6:30 - 9:30 PM  (check-in at 6:00 PM on 5/1)

Albright College
Campus Center
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. Space is limited. Deadline – April 23.

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.

Course Description

This 3-session course is designed to help planning commissioners and other local officials gain a better understanding of subdivision and land development regulations and review.  The course includes the most recent changes in the PA Municipalities Planning Code and focuses on –

  • Subdivision regulation and ordinance requirements
  • Subdivision and land development review procedures, and
  • Design and technical requirements in subdivision and land development.

Course Content

  1. Introduction to Subdivision and Land Development
  2. Subdivision Review in Local Government
  3. Getting Ready for Review
  4. Plan Submission (Filing)
  5. Plan Review
  6. Design Considerations
  7. Approving a Plan
  8. Project Completion and Follow-up

Who Should Attend 

Elected officials, planning commissioners, solicitors, zoning hearing board members and zoning officers, real estate professionals and others interested in the topic.

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Hypochlorite Disinfection Training

Drinking Water Operator Exam Prep (Subclass 12)
Presented by the Berks County Water & Sewer Association, Water Works Operators Association of Pennsylvania, Western Berks Water Authority, and PA Department of Environmental Protection

(Two Day Course)


Part 1, Monday, May12, 2014
Registration – 7:30 a.m.
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Part 2, Wednesday, May14, 2014
Registration – 7:30 a.m.
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Albright College Campus
Campus Center South Lounges

Chip Bilger,  Executive Director,  Western Berks Water Authority
Matt Walborn, Operations Manager, Western Berks Water Authority
Deb Rotz, PA DEP

BCW&SA Members - $70.00
CELG Members- $80.00
Non Members –  $125.00

Make checks payable to Albright College.

7 CEU Credit hours are awarded for completion of the course.

This workshop will prepare individuals for the Subclass 12-non-gaseous Chemical Disinfection (hypochlorite exam).  Based on the Department of Environmental Protection analysis, operators are failing the numerous dosage math questions on this exam.  This training is designed to properly prepare you to understand the scope of the test and to provide training on the mathematical skills needed to pass the test.
Topics to be covered will include:

  • hypochlorite Disinfection,
  • dosage and feed rates,
  • Chlorine demand and dose,
  • mathematic principals, and
  • CT Calculations.

The workshop is split into two days with practice work related to the math problems assigned for independent work in between the two sessions.

Who should attend? 
Anyone preparing to take the drinking water Subclass 12 non-gaseous disinfection exam.  Currently certified operators will benefit from the course work as well as receive the 7 Contact hours. Operators and managers of Community and Non-Transit Non-Community water systems (including consecutive systems) that use a chemical disinfectant or oxidant. 
Fees include a comprehensive workbook as well as refreshments and operator contact hours!  All cancelations must be in writing on company letterhead and sent to the BCW&SA c/o Albright College.  All cancellations received 14 days prior to the first class will receive a refund less a $25.00 administrative fee. Refund requests received fewer than 14 days prior to the first class will will not be granted.  Substitue registrants are welcome – fax substitutions requests to 610-921-7278.

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Berks County Water and Sewer Association Monthly Meeting

Thursday, May 15, 8 a.m, Campus Center, Fireside Lounge

Access Management and the HOP Municipal Portal

May 20, 2014 – 9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. (registration 8:30-9:00)

LOCATION: Albright College Campus Center – South Lounge
13TH & Bern Street
Reading, PA 19612

REGISTRATION: Space is limited, so please RSVP to Amy Firestine at Gannett Fleming (afirestine@gfnet.com) or 717-763-7211 as soon as possible. Other dates and locations across Pennsylvania are being established. Any questions about this or other training sessions may be directed to Amy Firestine or Stephanie Jackson (jacksonst@pbworld.com) or 215-209-1244.

Access management encompasses the careful planning of the location, design and operation of driveways, median openings, interchanges and street connections. Its purpose is to provide access to land development in a manner that preserves the safety and efficiency of the transportation system, while promoting orderly development. The most effective access management programs are partnerships between municipalities and PennDOT. Recognizing the key county and municipal roles, the Department has recently updated Pub 574, Access Management Handbook, containing three tiers of access management techniques and model ordinance language for use by Pennsylvania counties and/or municipalities. Training participants will be
provided with an overview of the handbook, several case study examples, and a review of the model ordinance contents.

The second half of the training will focus on the Highway Occupancy Permit (HOP) component of managing access, which has recently been updated as an online "e-permitting" system ("EPS"). This new system includes a "Municipality Portal" that provides local governments with direct access to key HOP information as permit applications are submitted. The training includes an overview of the e-permitting system and a more in-depth review of the municipality portal portion. Geared toward local officials and staff who are directly involved in the reviews of subdivision and land development plans, participants in the training will be provided with the tools necessary to fully participate in the Municipality Portal once the training is complete.

Source Water Protection for Residential Properties Workshop

Thursday, May 29, 7 p.m., Campus Center, Fireside Lounge

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Summer Classes / Events:

Berks County Secretaries Association

Wednesday, June 11, 8:30 a.m., Campus Center, South Lounge

Berks County Boroughs Association, 6:30 p.m.

Friday, July 18th, 5 p.m., Annual Clam Bake

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