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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!

February Classes / Events:

Berks County Municipal Secretaries Association
Wednesday, February 11, 8:30 a.m. Topic: PA Ethics Act; Speaker, Brian Jacisin; PA Ethics Commission; Municipal Managers and Secretaries encouraged to attend. RSVP to Andrea Weist.

Berks County Water & Sewer Assoc. (BCW&SA) Monthly Meeting
Thursday, February 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.

Governor Mifflin Area Coordinating Council (GMACC)
Monday, February 23, 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 Municipal Partnership (BMP) Quarterly Meeting
Thursday, February 26, 7 p.m. Meeting to discuss areas of mutual concern for Berks Municipalities and Berks County. BMP membership only.

BCTV – Tune In Local Government in Berks
Tuesday, February 10, 7 p.m., one-hour, live TV show

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March Classes / Events:

Dirt, Gravel and Low Volume Road Program: The Application Process - “What you need to know”

Date/TimeTuesday, March 3, 2015 - 7:30 am and 10:00 AM. 

Location
Albright College
Roessner Hall
13th & Rockland Streets, Reading, PA
Room 100

Speakers
Dean Druckenmiller
Berks County Conservation District

Program Fees
Free – Continental Breakfast Included

Who Should Attend: 

Local governing board members, municipal managers and secretaries, Roadmasters, Authority utility providers, and other individuals with responsibility or interest in the topic.

The Dirt, Gravel and Low Volume Road program began in 1997 from an initiative by Trout Unlimited in conjunction with Penn State University’s Center for Dirt and Gravel Roads, the State Conservation Commission and local Conservation Districts.  The goal of the Program is to reduce pollution to nearby streams while improving the rural road network.  One of the qualification requirements of the Program is to direct funding to “worksites” where road runoff is affecting water quality of the nearby stream.  As a result of Act 89 (PA Gas Tax), additional funding has been allocated to the Program which will now include Low Volume Roads (<500 vehicles per day).  Technical Assistance is available and provided by the Center for Dirt and Gravel Road studies and the Berks County Conservation District (BCCD). 

The Berks County Conservation District has received almost $290,000 with approximately $80,000 for dirt and Gravel Roads and $210,000 for paved low volume roads and expects to have a similar dollar amount available for the next 6 years totaling almost 1.8 million dollars.

Projects that qualify must consist of components that improve the road and the environment.  Low Volume Road (LVR) Program projects must contain benefits to both the road systems (i.e. - improved drainage, reduced surface, ditch & bank erosion, smoother surface, more durable surface, reduced maintenance costs, etc.) and the environmental systems (i.e. - water quality, stream quality, reduced storm water flows, increased infiltration).

Grant Application ProcessEligibility - Applicants (i.e. – townships, boroughs, or a gov’t agency like the PA Game Commission) must have a representative attend Environmental Sensitive Maintenance (ESM) training and acquire the certification.  The ESM certification is good for 5 years and projects must have an impact on improving water quality.

This workshop will provide the information and background necessary to properly apply for this funding.  Tips on the components of a successful application will be reviewed as will the actual application forms.  Attendance at a ESM training session is not a prerequisite for attending this workshop and you will learn if it is in your best interest to pursue this funding source and attend the ESM Training. The grant application period is open until all funds have been committed.


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.
Download flyer (includes registration information and links)

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.

Tuesday, March 31, 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

Date/Time
Thursday’s April 9, 16, 23, 2015
6:30 - 9:30 PM
Registration at 6 PM on 4/9

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 $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
Friday April 24, 8 -10 a.m., location TBD


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.

Date/Time
Wednesday, April 22 6:30 pm

Location
Albright College
Roessner Hall
1940 North 13th Street

Speakers
Jerome Skrincosky, Hawk Valley Assoc.
David Schwartz, CHPlanning
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 3 hours of credit towards AMP status.

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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