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2015-16 Programs

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Upcoming Classes / Events:

 

Dates to Remember

Thursday, May 19, 2016 - CELG and BCW&SA Golf Outing
Noon check-in, 1 p.m. tee time, 19th hole & dinner immediately following
Reading Country Club, Rain Date: May 26, 2016

Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - BCW&SA Annual Conference
8 a.m.-4 p.m., Campus Center, Albright College


JANUARY 2016

Newly Elected and Appointed Officials Training – Four-Night Series
Designed for elected supervisors, council members, commissioners, authority board members and new secretary/manager or authority managers.

  • Role as official on board, council or authority – Thursday, January 21
  • Executive Sessions: roles, rights and responsibilities; role of insurance – Monday, February 29
  • Financial Reporting: What is Fund Accounting? The process of reviewing and approving monthly financials, “Budget 101” – Wednesday, March 23
  • Everything you need to know, but were afraid to ask. Planning, zoning, permitting, Police Department operation; what can an elected or appointed official do in addition to normal responsibilities? – Monday, April 18. All classes taught in Roessner Hall, Albright College, Room 100, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Cost $25 per session or $60 for the series. More information to come.

Berks County Cooperative Purchasing Council
Tuesday, January 12, 1:30 p.m.. Roessner Hall. Meeting to discuss current bidding and potential new products and services for joint purchasing. All BCCPC members, and anyone considering membership, are welcome to attend.

Berks County Finance Officers Association
Wednesday, January 20, 8:30 a.m., Roessner Hall
Topic: Creation of Financial and Investment Policies

Berks County Water & Sewer Association Monthly Meeting
Thursday, January 21, 8-9:30 a.m., Roessner Hall

Berks County Boroughs Association Reorganization Meeting
Tuesday, January 26, 6:30 p.m., Roessner Hall

Local Government Advisory Committee (LOGAC)
Thursday, January 28, 7 p.m., Roessner Hall. 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. Meeting is for committee members, but all are welcome.


FEBRUARY 2016

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

Berks County Water & Sewer Association Monthly Meeting
Thursday, February 18, 8-9:30 a.m., Roessner Hall


MARCH 2016

Community Advisory Board
(by invitation only) Friday, March 4, 7:30 a.m., Roessner Hall


PA Land Institute
Co-sponsored by the Berks County Planning Commission, Berks County Bar Association, the Reading Berks Association of Realtors®, the Smart Growth Alliance of Berks County, American Planning Association/PA Chapter And the Lehigh Valley/Berks Section.

(Attention Realtors – If you are seeking Continuing Education credits, please contact Wes Stefanick at 610-375-8458)

Date/Time
Saturday, March 5, 2016
7:30 AM–1:30 pm. (check-in 7:30 AM)
“HOT DELICIOUS BREAKFAST PROVIDED”

Location
Albright College, Center for Excellence In Local Government
1940 North 13th Street
Reading, PA -Roessner Hall, Room 100

Program Fees
Municipal Officials/General Public $45.00
Attorneys $90.00 (includes 4.5 Substantive CLE’s)
Planners $60.00 (includes 1.5 legal CM & 3 general CM – Pending)

Please make checks payable to Albright College – CELG.

CLE Units and Advanced Master Planner and AICP Certification.
Attorneys will receive 4.5 substantive Continuing Legal Education Units (CLE’s). Master Planners will receive 4.5 units towards their Advanced Master Planner Certification.
AICP Members will receive 4.5 CM (Pending)

Who Should Attend:
Elected officials, Zoning hearing board members, professional planners, solicitors, planning commissioners, zoning officers, municipal engineers, Realtors, ® and any other individuals interested in the topic.

Program Description
7:30 am – 8:00 am – Registration / Breakfast!!

8:00 am-9:30 am. - “Recent Land Use Court Decisions”

Speakers: Joan E. London, Esq., Kozloff Stoudt Attorneys, Chris Hartman & and Michelle Mayfield, Hartman, Valeriano, Magovern,& Lutz PC
This session will focus on recent court decisions and enactments regarding planning, zoning, and other land use issues, and issues of interest to local officials and municipal solicitors. The session will examine the relevant background information on cases and recent legislation and their potential impact on local land use decisions and ordinances.

9:30 am – 9:45 am – Break

9:45 am. – 1:30 pm. (w/15 minute break) “Smart Growth for the 21st Century”

Speaker: Janet Tharp, Smart Growth Instructor for the National Association of Realtors. Provides professional planning services to clients in need of creative, effective solutions to issues related to urban growth and development. She has worked for over 30 years for both public and private sector planning organizations. Her public sector experience includes leading city planning divisions in Dallas and Arlington, Texas. As a planning consultant, Janet has successfully completed a range of planning and development-related projects in urban and rural communities across the country. In Louisiana she has managed smart growth plans in numerous communities and worked with the Center for Planning Excellence and the Louisiana Realtors Association to conduct workshops on implementing smart growth principles in planning and coastal development. Janet believes that planning must be based on local values and traditions. She seeks to understand diverse community guiding principles and viewpoints and incorporate them into her work.

Part 1: Ms. Tharp will lead a presentation and discussion regarding Berks County’s demographics, assets, and issues. Utilizing that discussion she will discuss factors favoring smart growth and discuss what defines smart growth.

Part 2: Following a group exercise the economic arguments for smart growth as well as how you can utilize your resources and influence to achieve smart growth principals in development.

Part 3: Group discussion.

1:30 pm - Adjournment


Subdivision & Land Development (SALDO) – Master Planner Series
Co-sponsored by the Berks County Planning Commission, the Berks County Bar Association, and the Pennsylvania Municipal Planning Education Institute

Date/Time
Thursdays, March 10, 17, 24, 2016
6:30 - 9:30 PM  (check-in at
6:00 PM on 3/10

Location
Albright College
Campus Center
13th and Bern Streets
Reading

Instructors
The course is taught by Instructors certified by the Pennsylvania Municipal Planning Educa­tion Institute (PMPEI).

Program Fees
Sponsors  $110
Non-Sponsors  $140
CLE Credits add $65 to the appropriate fee above

Please make check 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, 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.


Berks County Water & Sewer Association Monthly Meeting
Thursday, March 17, 8-9:30 a.m., Roessner Hall

Berks Municipal Partnership
Thursday, March 24, 7 p.m., Roessner Hall. The BMP addresses both county and regional issues, which the Berks County Commissioners have with municipalities, and which municipalities have with the Commissioners.

Berks County Boroughs Association
Tuesday, March 29, 6:30 p.m., Roessner Hall, Topic TBD


10th Annual Berks County Municipal Officials Dinner 
Hosted by the Berks Municipal Partnership, County of Berks, City of Reading, the First Class Township Commissioners, the Berks County Association of Boroughs, and the Berks County Association of Township Officials.

Thursday, March 31, 2016, Reading Country Club, 5311 Perkiomen Avenue
5:30 p.m. - Hors d'oeuvres (cash bar available), 6:30 p.m. - Dinner, 7:30 p.m. - Keynote Speaker, Colonel Tyree Blocker

Policing in the New Millennium
Colonel Tyree Blocker, Commissioner of the State Police, discusses the future of intergovernmental cooperation for effective policing.

The presentation of the Fifth Annual Richard C. Trostle Intergovernmental Cooperation Award will follow our speaker.

Crime Alert Berks County will be distributing blue “Ribbons of Respect” at the dinner. A perfect way to honor all those policemen and women who put their lives on the line to protect us….. Support our local police.


APRIL 2016

Berks County Cooperative Purchasing Council
Tuesday, April 12, 1:30 p.m., Roessner Hall Meeting to discuss current bidding and potential new products and services for joint purchasing. All BCCPC members, and anyone considering membership, are welcome to attend.

Berks County Secretaries Association
Wednesday, April 13, 8:30 a.m., Roessner Hall – Topic TBD

Berks County Water & Sewer Association Monthly Meeting
Thursday, April 21, 8-9:30 a.m., Roessner Hall


The Zoning Basics Course
Co-sponsored by the Berks County Planning Commission, the Berks County Bar Association and the PA State Association of Boroughs

Date/Time
Thursday’s April 28, May 5 and 12,  2016
6:30 - 9:30 PM
Registration at 6 PM on 4/28

Location
Albright College Campus Center
13th & Bern Street

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

Program Fees
Sponsors  $110, Non-Sponsors  $140
CLE Credits add $65.00 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

Payment


MAY 2016

Berks County Water & Sewer Association Monthly Meeting
Thursday, May 19, 8-9:30 a.m., Roessner Hall

CELG and BCW&SA Golf Outing
Thursday, May 19, noon check-in, 1 p.m. tee time, 19 hole & dinner immediately following, Reading Country Club, Rain date: May 26, 2016

Local Government Advisory Committee (LOGAC)
Thursday, May 26, 7 p.m., Roessner Hall
LOGAC is a standing committee for CELG that develops training topics and issues for consideration for the Center or the Berks County Water & Sewer Association’s (BCW&SA) attention. This meeting is for committee member but all are welcome.

Berks County Boroughs Association
Tuesday, May 31, 6:30 p.m., Roessner Hall, Topic TBD


JUNE 2016

Berks County Secretaries Association
Wednesday, June 8, 8:30 a.m., Roessner Hall

Berks County Water & Sewer Association Monthly Meeting
Thursday, June 16, 8-9:30 a.m., Roessner Hall

Berks Municipal Partnership
Thursday, June 30, 7 p.m., Roessner Hall
The BMP addresses both county and regional issues, which the Berks County Commissioners have with municipalities, or which municipalities have with the Commissioners.


JULY 2016

Berks County Cooperative Purchasing Council
Tuesday, July 12, 1:30 p.m., Roessner Hall
Meeting to discuss current bidding and potential new products and services for joint purchasing. All BCCPC members, and anyone considering membership, are welcome to attend.

Berks County Water and Sewer Association (BCW&SA) 4th annual conference
Wednesday, July 27, 8 a.m.– 4 p.m., Campus Center, Albright College

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Roessner Hall
Reading, PA 19612-5234
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Voice:  610.929.6503
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