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2017-18 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!

ALL CLASSES HELD AT ROESSNER HALL – UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED

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:

Elected and Appointed Officials Training

This class is for you…whether you are newly elected or want a refresher on the roles and responsibilities for public service to Municipalities or Authorities.

Date/Time: Attend 1 or ALL
December 18, 2017, January 24, 2018 February 26, 2018, March 15, 2018
6:30 – 8:30 PM

Location:

Center For Excellence in Local Government at Albright College
Roessner Hall, Room 100
13th and Rockland Streets
Reading, PA  19612

Speakers:

Chris Hartman/Elizabeth Magovern – Hartman, Valeriano, MaGovern & Lutz, PC
Joan London, Kozloff Stoudt Attorneys
John Miravich, Fox Rothschild, LLP
Douglas Rauch, Georgeatis/Setley
Brian Potts, Manager, Bern Township
Troy Bingaman, Amity Township

Among others over the four nights of workshops.

Program Fees

$25.00 per session or $60.00 for the series.  Payable online by Credit Card or make checks payable to Albright College.

Who Should Attend:

Local governing elected officials, officials appointed to independent operating authorities, municipal managers, executive directors and secretaries with interest in the topic.

Newly Elected and Appointed Officials Training – Four-Night Series

Designed for all elected supervisors, council members, commissioners, authority board members and new secretary/manager or authority managers.  However, there will be special attention paid to responsibilities of newly or recently appointed elected or appointed officials.  Full presentations at each session with take away documentation.

Session One – Monday, December 18, 2017 – Most municipalities and Authorities will meet on Tuesday, January 2, 2018 for the Bi-annual “Reorganization Meeting”. This is where you elect your leadership, set your meetings for the year, and appoint officials to your vacant positions on your Boards, Commissions, and so much more: Name depositories, do you need to reopen your budget, appoint the Vacancy Board member, appoint your professional staff…..Will you be ready? You will learn about CELG and the Berks County Water and Sewer Association and how they can assist you and your municipality to deal with your ever-changing challenges.  In addition, we will present tips on dealing with the public.  How to conduct effective citizen comment interaction.

Session Two – Wednesday, January 24, 2018 – What are the responsibilities and roles as an official on a public board, council or authority – How are actions taken?  What are your responsibilities?  How do you meet? What roles do municipal secretaries or managers provide? What is the purpose of a motion, resolution, or ordinance?

Session Three – Monday, February 26, 2018 – The Mystical Executive Session: roles, rights, and responsibilities; when are you permitted to meet in executive session, how are they called, what actions can you take and when must those actions be reported in public?  Dealing with contract negotiations or simply your employees and discipline. What responsibilities do you have for Police, Fire, Public Works, Planning, Zoning, Land Development and Codes?

Session Four – Thursday, March 15, 2018 – Financial Reporting: What is Fund Accounting and why should you care?  The process of reviewing and approving monthly financials and “Budget 101”.  What makes a community financially “healthy”?  What are the tell-tale signs of distress?  What is an elected auditor and what is the annual audit process?

All classes are held at Albright College, Roessner Hall, Room 100, 6:30-8:30 p.m.  The listed speakers could change and speakers will be added, however, all presentations will be by panel discussion with question and answer periods throughout.

12th Annual 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 22, 2018
STOKESAY CASTLE, READING, PA

5 p.m., Hors d’oeuvres (cash bar available)
6:30 p.m., Dinner
7:30 p.m., Discussion and Presentation

The Good The Bad and The Ugly of Dealing with Your Public
Keynote Speaker: Charles R. Mazzitti
Executive Director, Mazzitti & Sullivan EAP Services

The 8th Annual Richard C. Trostle Intergovernmental Cooperation Award will be presented after the discussion.
Crime Alert Berks County will distribute blue “Ribbons of Respect” at the dinner; a perfect way to support our local police and honor all those policemen and women who put their lives on the line every day.


Charles R. Mazzitti
Executive Director, Mazzitti & Sullivan EAP Services

Charles “Chuck” Mazzitti is the Executive Director of the EAP Services division of Mazzitti & Sullivan. Chuck has almost 40 years of mental health and substance abuse counseling, business consulting, and speaking experience. He often provides executive coaching for corporate leaders, and is often requested to help with trauma and stress mitigation following critical incidents. His body of work includes providing traumatic support services to jurors of high profile cases. He wrote the curriculum for the University of Pittsburgh on dealing with vicarious trauma and stress from an employer and employee perspective.

Mazzitti & Sullivan was founded in 1983 through a desire to help the local community through drug and alcohol services and mental health counseling. The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is an organizationally separate division of Mazzitti & Sullivan and was added in 1984. Since then, Mazzitti & Sullivan has grown to include six locations, 50 staff members, and is part of one of the largest behavioral healthcare providers in the United States, Pyramid Healthcare, Inc.

Chuck provides the vision and direction for the EAP that inspires his staff to grow and to be on the cutting edge of behavioral healthcare as it applies to the workplace. The goal of Mazzitti & Sullivan EAP Services is to allow organizations to improve employee wellbeing and work performance. There is a division called COMPASS that focuses on turnover reduction, psychological hiring assistance and Human resources support. While Mazzitti & Sullivan considers Central PA home, the EAP currently contracts with over 300 employers providing services to more than 500,000 lives across the United States. Chuck’s dedication to exceptional service provides the base for the EAP’s ability to exceed client and customer needs.

PA Land Use 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.

Date/Time
Saturday, March 3, 2018
7:30 am –1:00 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

Speakers
See program description.

Program Fees
Municipal Officials/General Public $50.00
Attorneys: $90.00 (includes 4 Substantive CLE’s)
Planners (AICP)  $65.00 (includes 1.5  legal CM & 2.5 general CM – Pending)

Please make checks payable to Albright College – CELG.

CLE Units and Advanced Master Planner and AICP Certification.

Attorneys will receive 4 substantive Continuing Legal Education Units (CLE’s).  Master Planners will receive 4.5 units towards their Advanced Master Planner Certification.

AICP Members will receive  4.0 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.

7:30 am – 8:00 am – Registration / Breakfast

8:00 am-10:00 am – Recent Land Use Court Decisions and Pending Legislation”

Speakers:  Joan E. London, & Kourtney E. Bernecker, Kozloff Stoudt Attorneys, David Beane, Beane LLC, Liz Magovern, Hartman, Valeriano, Magovern & Lutz, P.C.

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.

10:00 am – 10:15 am – Break

10:15 am – 11:15 am. –  Logistics Parks – Large and Small – What are the issues and impacts on your community?  What can you do to prepare for emerging “industry “in Berks County? Truck Traffic, storm water, utilities, emerging technologies used by the industry which affects zoning…  All topics of consideration.

Speakers:  John R. Wichner, P.E., PTOE, McMahon Associates, Inc., Devon Hain, Transportation Planner II, Berks County Planning Commission  Moderator: Liz Magovern

11:15 am – 11:30 am – Break

11:30 am – 1:00 pm Gaming in Pennsylvania – A “Mini Casino” coming to a municipality near you or even in your municipality.  What are the impacts, issues and benefits?  Presentation will discuss the impacts of Casino’s and in particular the newly announced Mini-Casino to be located in the Reading/Berks County area.

Speakers:  Commissioner Dante Santoni, accompanied by Director of Communications, Doug Harbach.  Representatives of the Pennsylvania Gaming Commission, PA Family Institute, and a major gaming corporation.

Moderator:  Joan London, Esq.

1:00 pm – Adjournment

Subdivision and Land Development Review Course

Co-sponsored by the Berks County Planning Commission, the Berks County Bar Association, and the Pennsylvania Municipal Planning Education Institute

Date/Time
Thursdays, April 5, 12, 19, 2018
6:30 – 9:30 pm

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

Instructors
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.

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.

Real Estate CE Approval Number:  RECE003870

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
Thursdays, May 17, 24, 31, 2018
6:30 – 9:30 PM

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

Instructors
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:  RECE003870/Schlicher Kratz


Center for Excellence in Local Government
C/O Albright College
P.O. Box 15234
Roessner Hall
Reading, PA 19612-5234
Office Hours
Mon-Fri 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Voice:  610.929.6503
Fax:    610.921.7278
E-mail: pjanssen@albright.edu

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